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Old 10-04-2013, 08:03 AM   #1
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Im making my first drum smoker. I bought a new barrel that has not had anything in it and it doesn't have a liner. I burned it out and sanded the outside. Do I really need to sand the inside since it has not had anything in it?
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If it doesn't have a liner than you are fine.
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You didn't have to burn it out or sand the inside.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:54 AM   #4
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I had to burn it out to get the paint off of the outside but the inside doesn't have a liner. It is a new barrel so nothing has ever been in it.
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You are good to go. Finish your build and get some meat in that thing already!
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I had to burn it out to get the paint off of the outside but the inside doesn't have a liner. It is a new barrel so nothing has ever been in it.
No need to get the paint off the outside. Just paint over it.

I've built half a dozen UDS's with all new drums. Kept drum exterior paint on all of them. No paint issues whatsoever unless you get over 600 or so.
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No need to get the paint off the outside. Just paint over it.

I've built half a dozen UDS's with all new drums. Kept drum exterior paint on all of them. No paint issues whatsoever unless you get over 600 or so.
interesting. I was wondering about this

I am going to build one one of these days and have 2 drums that are unlined and the black paint on the outside of them is perfect.

I was hoping to skip buring the paint off and just using it as is?
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interesting. I was wondering about this

I am going to build one one of these days and have 2 drums that are unlined and the black paint on the outside of them is perfect.

I was hoping to skip burning the paint off and just using it as is?
Yes you can, no problem. On mine, I scotch-brite the exterior paint and wipe clean with acetone. Then I paint it with Rustoleum 2000 degree flat black paint over the factory paint to use as a primer. Then I paint the drum with regular Rustoleum paint.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #9
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Prior to painting and seasoning i wiped inside and out with low odor mineral spirits.
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good idea to wash our or wiped down the inside. Could be some leftover manufacturing oils, etc.
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