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Unread 07-02-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Hi guys,
I'm building a uds like everybody else. It's my first one and I've got a question. I sourced a nice drum used for honey for $10 and I'm going to go pick it up in a few days. Problem is, its flippin hot outside and if I do a big burn right now a lot of people are going to be really mad at me plus I'll probably get a ticket. Can I just use a wire wheel inside the barrel to remove the liner or do I really need to burn it out to do things proper?
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Unread 07-02-2013, 06:45 AM   #2
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You could always get it sandblasted.
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What color is the liner?

A weed burner works too, from what I hear on here.
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Wire brush is going to take forever. Take it to a sandblaster
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+1 on the sandblasting.

I think your neighbors won't complain once they taste the end result.
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You could also go to Harbor Freight or Home Depot and get a propane burner. ('Weed Burner' at HF and 'Ice Melter' at HD ) Hook it to your propane tank and burn the paint off of the outside of the barrel which will cook the liner inside to a crisp. That makes the liner much easier to remove.
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So if I use a weed burner do I still need to hit it with the wire wheel afterwards? Or is the weed burner ok by itself?

I thought about sandblasting and got a quote yesterday for about $65. Seemed a little steep to me. Not that I'm cheap or anything but ... maybe I'll call a few more places.
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Yea get a few quotes. 65 is a bit high. If you went with the weed burner you would have to hit with a wire brush but it would be much easier to remove. Liner would pretty much flake off
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Even after two good burns, it took a day's worth of sanding to get the drum to a usable condition. It's grim work inside that steaming hot, dusty drum too.

Then again, I think my sweat and tears enhance the cook. Without the effort, it's just going to be a smoker. It's the trouble it takes that turns the drum into a 'she'.


Besides, your neighbors aren't going to complain to a man covered in sweat, soot and metal wire who talks to a drum and calls it his lady....
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The weed burner/brush combo works well. I was able to do a massive burnout in my barrel (went through about 4 big tree stumps and 5 old pallets. Neighbors looked at me a little crazy... But it sure burned off all that liner.
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I just finished my UDS made from a honey barrel. All I can say is that 2 burns and a good long session with a weed burner didnt touch it. I had to wire wheel and sand it. Spending $65 to get those 4 hours of my life back seems like a pretty great deal!!!
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I also got mine sandblasted...
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This is not about the destination. It's about the journey. And when sanding and wire wheeling, WEAR A MASK!!!!!
You will love your UDS.

We are taking mine camping this weekend.
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Sandblast or purchase a new unlined drum. The time and effort trying to burn, wire wheel / sand are simply not worth the time IMHO.

Good luck,
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Quote:
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This is not about the destination. It's about the journey. And when sanding and wire wheeling, WEAR A MASK!!!!!
You will love your UDS.

We are taking mine camping this weekend.
Backpacking trip, eh?
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