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Unread 02-14-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Question Novice collecting bits for smoker, help!

Hi there,

I live in Australia. I am collecting bits to make an Ugly Drum Smoker. I have found it super difficult to find a gallon drum to use but have found one that previously had "metolachlor" in it. Anyone know what it is? Looks clean and has been cleaned with caustic soda, plus I'll burn it out to remove any remnants. Do you think this will suffice?

I have also scavenged a couple of stainless steel beer kegs which I plan to turn into smokers as well. The outside of them is galvanised though and I vaguely remember someone saying galvanised = bad? Is that right?

Any other tips, send em my way.

Cheers for the help!
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"Metolachlor has been detected in ground and surface waters and concentrations ranging from 0.08 to 4.5 parts per billion (ppb) throughout the U.S.[5] It is classified as a Category C pesticide by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) which indicates limited evidence of carcinogenicity.[6] Evidence of the bioaccumulation of metolachlor in edible species of fish as well as its adverse effect on the growth and development raise concerns on its effects on human health. There is no set maximum concentration (maximum contaminant level, MCL) for metolachlor that is allowed in drinking water, the US EPA does have a health advisory level (HAL) of 0.525 mg/L.

Metolachlor induces cytotoxic and genotoxic effects in human lymphocytes.[7] Genotoxic effects have also been observed in tadpoles exposed to metolachlor.[8] Evidence also reveals that metolachlor affects cell growth. Cell division in yeast was reduced,[9] and chicken embryos exposed to metolchlor showed a significant decrease in the average body mass compared to the control."

It's an herbicide. No indication if caustic soda cleans the stuff.
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According to the MSDS, I would pass.


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Originally Posted by aussiealice View Post
Hi there,

I live in Australia. I am collecting bits to make an Ugly Drum Smoker. I have found it super difficult to find a gallon drum to use but have found one that previously had "metolachlor" in it. Anyone know what it is? Looks clean and has been cleaned with caustic soda, plus I'll burn it out to remove any remnants. Do you think this will suffice?

I have also scavenged a couple of stainless steel beer kegs which I plan to turn into smokers as well. The outside of them is galvanised though and I vaguely remember someone saying galvanised = bad? Is that right?
Any other tips, send em my way. Cheers for the help!
Pass it by. Metolachlor is dangerous,nasty stuff. (Pesticide family???)
You might burn it all out, but what if you don't get it all???

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