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Old 06-21-2011, 06:28 PM   #1
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Default STAINLESS STEEL DRUM FOR $120 good buy?

I got a guy that will sell me 2 food grade drums for $120 each. He also has some reg steel drums for $15 each. I have never built a UDS before and I would like to do it as cheap as possible but my wife was concerned about what might be in the reg drums. What you guys think?
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:37 PM   #2
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A SS UDS is a beautiful sight to see. If I had the money hanging around, there would be one in my future for that price.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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Get the $15 one for your first UDS.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:50 PM   #4
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If you need a SS drum it seems like a good buy.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:02 PM   #5
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Yeah, from what I've seen, new SS drums are several times that price, so if you wanted to go that way, seems like a good deal. But of course, it's not necessary, just a cool build that not many people have.
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Old 06-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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If they are decent quality stainless, I think that is a great price. I don't know the particulars of what you are looking at, but a quick Google search is showing me prices much higher than that.
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Old 06-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #7
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YBYSA! You bet your sweet a$$ it's a good deal.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:22 PM   #8
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Grab it. Great price! I would do it for sure.

SS drums are beautiful.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #9
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If you won't take them, I will. If they are in good shape, I'd jump on it.
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #10
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If they are in good shape........this is one of those time when you buy first and then think about it later
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I have never priced a stainless steel drum, but that sounds cheap to me.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:16 PM   #12
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If you got the cash for the extra wow factor, go for it! I wonder though... To keep it all shiny would you have to keep cleaning the outside of the barrel? When i worked in a deli, I would wipe down the stainless steel sinks with baby oil to keep them looking nice at the end of the day for the morning shift. I have a friend with a SS gasser and even with the cover after a few weeks he needs to give the outside a once-through cleaning to keep it looking nice.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #13
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:01 AM   #14
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If I were you I'd buy both a SS and a regular steel drum. Put the ss drum away and build up the regular steel drum as a UDS first, use it for a while until you discover all the little things you would do different if you could do it again, then do it again with the SS drum except with all those little mods that makes it your 'perfect' UDS. When the time comes, if you decide to permanently decommission the regular steel UDS you could salvage all or most of its components for your SS UDS.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:31 AM   #15
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^^^^What Porkchop said....only keep the first one in working order too. It will be your first love, after all.
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