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Unread 01-14-2009, 12:37 PM   #91
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fellas,
I know this is several months old, but I am ready to rock and roll on this project. Found some reconditioned drums from an oil place for 26 bucks each. going to do a burn next weekend and get my supplies up. i'll post pics of the build, and sweet delicious smoked porky goodness as well.

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Unread 01-14-2009, 01:01 PM   #92
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Also,
where is the best place to get some expanded metal from?

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Unread 01-14-2009, 04:39 PM   #93
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freddy, you can get the expanded metal at HD or Lowes but it is not cheap and light weight. Go to a local metal fabricating shop and you can get a lot heavier metal and real cheap, if not free from their cut off pile.
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Unread 02-21-2009, 04:04 PM   #94
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Is it okay to use oil barrels? I am curious if using an oil barrel could be hazardous to your health or would cause problems with flavor? I have been looking for a food quality barrel that had not been used for petroleum products. I found a "green" recycler that sells heavy duty food quality barrels used only once for $30.
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Is it okay to use oil barrels? I am curious if using an oil barrel could be hazardous to your health or would cause problems with flavor? I have been looking for a food quality barrel that had not been used for petroleum products. I found a "green" recycler that sells heavy duty food quality barrels used only once for $30.
Any thoughts or reports?
I prefer oil drums...they have no liner and the oil burns off easily during construction. Other chemicals I'd have to think twice about though.
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Unread 02-21-2009, 11:00 PM   #96
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I may have to try that then. I can find used once oil barrels for $10 locally but would have to drive 100 miles to get a food quality one that probably has a liner in it for 30 dollars.
I definitely would not use one that was used for pesticides or weed spray but oil would burn off. I had heard that oil remains in the steel for some time but if it is used elsewhere it may be okay to use.
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Check if your oil barrel supplier has food grade oil or mineral oil barrels...those are the safest. If you have any food manufactures in the area, they may have a barrel for you too.
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I have been looking through some web sites concerning carcinogens in oils that would be shipped to a fuel oil/lubricant dealer and it appears to me that a barrel that was used to deliver hydraulic oil would be relatively safe. In most cases, hydraulic oils do not contain much if any carcinogenic materials. AS the oil is not used as a lubricant many of the additives that are in motor oils are not present. I checked out safety sites from AmsOil, Mobil, etc and found that carcinogen is not listed as a hazard in their hydraulic fluid.
Of course it is best to be very cautious in selecting the barrel and the oil dealer is required to carry the safety sheets of any of their oil products and should be checked before purchasing a cheap barrel. Food barrels would always be the safest to use as they cannot be used more than one time before being disposed of but lately, most food quality barrels are now made out of recyclable plastic and a steel barrel may become difficult to find in the future.
In any case, it is very important to always check to see what the barrel was used for before making a decision to use it to smoke your food. Burning out the barrel is always necessary no matter what sort of barrel you find.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 05:26 AM   #99
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I picked up a 2" temperature gauge for 8.00 shipped off of EBAY yesterday.
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dang i'm going to have to add a UDS. I likes I likes .
Thanks for making that look simple and all those picts in on spot.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 10:02 PM   #101
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I may be stupid but...
The most important thing when it comes to getting a barrel,
is the fit of the lid.
It doesn't much matter what has been in it other than paint, it will all burn out after several good trial burns.

How many old guys do we know that have been cooking out of fuel oil tanks for years?
Put the heat to it and stop all the fretting.

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I have been looking through some web sites concerning carcinogens in oils that would be shipped to a fuel oil/lubricant dealer and it appears to me that a barrel that was used to deliver hydraulic oil would be relatively safe. In most cases, hydraulic oils do not contain much if any carcinogenic materials. AS the oil is not used as a lubricant many of the additives that are in motor oils are not present. I checked out safety sites from AmsOil, Mobil, etc and found that carcinogen is not listed as a hazard in their hydraulic fluid.
Of course it is best to be very cautious in selecting the barrel and the oil dealer is required to carry the safety sheets of any of their oil products and should be checked before purchasing a cheap barrel. Food barrels would always be the safest to use as they cannot be used more than one time before being disposed of but lately, most food quality barrels are now made out of recyclable plastic and a steel barrel may become difficult to find in the future.
In any case, it is very important to always check to see what the barrel was used for before making a decision to use it to smoke your food. Burning out the barrel is always necessary no matter what sort of barrel you find.
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Weiser- I pretty much agree with you. All these food grade liners are not very food grade while the fire is being put to them. The bottom line is to burn all barrels out really well with hardwood and clean them down to the metal. I just dropped off two barrels and a whole bunch of hardwood to some picketing strikers down the road. They do a great job of burning out my barrels. After a couple of days I will take them two more!!! No Fire Marshal visits!
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I may be stupid but...
The most important thing when it comes to getting a barrel,
is the fit of the lid.
It doesn't much matter what has been in it other than paint, it will all burn out after several good trial burns.

How many old guys do we know that have been cooking out of fuel oil tanks for years?
Put the heat to it and stop all the fretting.

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. I just dropped off two barrels and a whole bunch of hardwood to some picketing strikers down the road. They do a great job of burning out my barrels. After a couple of days I will take them two more!!! No Fire Marshal visits!
Finally . . . a way to get picketers to make a positive contribution (if you live north of the Mason-Dixon line.) Wouldn't work for me in the desert.
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Very resourceful!
Great idea.

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Weiser- I pretty much agree with you. All these food grade liners are not very food grade while the fire is being put to them. The bottom line is to burn all barrels out really well with hardwood and clean them down to the metal. I just dropped off two barrels and a whole bunch of hardwood to some picketing strikers down the road. They do a great job of burning out my barrels. After a couple of days I will take them two more!!! No Fire Marshal visits!
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