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Old 09-26-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default Purchased a 55 gallon steel drum with the lid on

So I just purchased it today with the lid on it and it used to contain salad oil. The person said the lid should just twist off but I haven't been able to figure out how and am thinking now I should have bought it without the lid instead. I want to make my own uds and have been looking at the different versions on line.

1. Do you have any suggestions how to remove the lid since "it can be twisted off"?

2. Will this have to be burned out or not?

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Old 09-26-2011, 08:36 PM   #2
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Post a pic of the drum so we know what your dealing with. As far as looking at different versions I would recommend getting on of my custom grates to dress it up a bit. 10% off for brethren.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:38 PM   #3
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twist off???
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:41 PM   #4
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but mine doesn't have the white latch you see against the body and lid there.
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Old 09-26-2011, 08:46 PM   #5
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There is a rubber gasket between the lid and the drum and I am guessing that yours is just stuck together thus he told you to twist it so it would break loose. It should be able to be lifted up if has the locking ring removed as you say.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:37 AM   #6
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So it is a defnite that I will need to cut the lid off of this in order to start working on it. The person I bought it from thought I meant the two small lids on top of the actual lid itself.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:47 AM   #7
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You probably got a drum with closed ends. If the top looks like this just take a chisel and a hammer and cut it open. It only takes about 5 minutes.

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Old 09-27-2011, 11:48 AM   #8
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Yup bought one just like this had a friend cut the top off. And with the oil inside didn't need a burn out or season been using mine for almost 2 yrs and not a spec of rust inside
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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Just remove the lid retaining ring and the lid should come off
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Just remove the lid retaining ring and the lid should come off
Apparently that's not what he has.
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Old 09-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #11
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I think someone said you could grind the top of the lid lip off, kinda like when you turn a coke can upside down and grind it on the concrete in a circular motion and put your finger in the mouth opening and pull it out. Someone said just to grind that top lip and it will separate from the barrel and fall in hope that helps
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You probably got a drum with closed ends. If the top looks like this just take a chisel and a hammer and cut it open. It only takes about 5 minutes.

Play it safe and buy a cold chisel. Wood chisels are not made for metal.
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Play it safe and buy a cold chisel. Wood chisels are not made for metal.
I know....that's all I had on hand. Thanks.
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Old 09-27-2011, 02:39 PM   #14
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That's the CL Aurora listing, isn't it? Keep wanting to head out there for a couple drums - keep us up to date, I want to know about the drum before I get 'em. Maybe I'll get one of the lidless ones. Good Luck!
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:37 PM   #15
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I bought mine in Schaumburg
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