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Unread 06-28-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default UDS - Food grade liner really bad?

So I picked up 55 gallon drum and the guy insisted I take a food grade drum when I told him I was converting it to a smoker.

I don't know why I left with the drum b/c I knew he was wrong. Do you think it is really any issue? I mean, if you cannot burn it out with a roaring fire, can 250 deg really be a problem?
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I think what scares most people me includes (which is why i payed a little to have it sandblasted) is that some might come/burn off a little at a time. Just better safe then sorry.

If i where you i would take it back and get the one you want if he had both.
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And so it begins....

Personally I will not cook in a UDS that has a liner. That is my choice as I do not feel it is worth the risk. Others I am sure will chime in with their opinions as well. The general consensus seems to be to remove the liner completely. I know some will argue as you have that if a fire doesn't remove it (which it does to a point, just not all) then once its seasoned and cooking a low temp, it will be fine. Its your choice.
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Spend the time removing the liner you will appreciate the cooker that much more
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Farkin darnit! I agree with you guys. I knew I shouldn't have left w/o a plain old reconditioned drum. I let the guy talk me into this thing. I will try to convince them to let me switch it out.

Unfortunately they are a large company and don't want to deal with a little guy like me buying a single barrel. Well whatever, was only $20 and I could always burn leaves in it if they won't exchange it. lol
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I'lll tell you what, when you do burn out that liner it gives off the most toxic smelling stuff. You really need a respirator just to burn it out it's so bad. That alone convinced me it was bad stuff....
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I don't buy the "you gotta suffer to sing the blues" argument. Get an unlined one or have it sand blasted.
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I'd probably keep it and get it sandblasted, as suggested. Then you don't have to worry about burning out a bunch of petroleum based stuff either. You'll know it's clean and all you have to do is season it a little bit.
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I understand the logic of having it sandblasted out but why would I spend $ to sandblast something where the concept of a UDS is inexpensive.
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I know what you saying, hate to spend $ on a $15 barrel (in my case). However, unlined barrels are hard to find and I didn't want to fuss with burning out the thin almost clear liner. That stuff was mighty durable it seems. I ended up getting it sandblasted and have plans to make a "nice" UDS in the near future.
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only cost me $20 to get mine blasted out so its not a ton of money and they didnt have any non lined ones. But if you can get a totally cleaned out non lined one i would go for it.
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