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Unread 01-11-2008, 04:28 PM   #1
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Default 55 Gal drums that stored Fuel

It's harder to get a consensus answer on this question than you might think.

How would you feel about using a 55 gal drum for a UDS that previously contained Racing Fuel?
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Burn it!!!! Metal DOES NOT have pore's.........
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It's harder to get a consensus answer on this question than you might think.

How would you feel about using a 55 gal drum for a UDS that previously contained Racing Fuel?
Don't be so quick to use these barrels. I bet you didn't know that are Racing Fuels that still contain Lead. The lead in these racing fuels could be as high as 4.61 grams per gallon. You can decide what you want to do yourself but unless I knew what exactly was in that racing fuel I would be hesitant to use it even after burning it off. I doubt you would ever get the lead out of that barrel if there were lead in the fuel even with burning.
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Awsome point. That is some sound advice. I wouldnt trust those barrels.


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Don't be so quick to use these barrels. I bet you didn't know that are Racing Fuels that still contain Lead. The lead in these racing fuels could be as high as 4.61 grams per gallon. You can decide what you want to do yourself but unless I knew what exactly was in that racing fuel I would be hesitant to use it even after burning it off. I doubt you would ever get the lead out of that barrel if there were lead in the fuel even with burning.
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Good question i would sit on te side of caution and not use it.

Lead is no joke and I work with it everyday in powder and granular form and some nasty oils from drums I have the burns to prove.


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I am going to pick up 3 drums Sunday. they had simple enamel paint in them. It will burn right out, I am sure of it.
And what have I seen in this discussion? Convincing points on both the yes and the no sides, but no actual knowledge or experience on the subject. With all due respect to those posting here, this is something worth really learning about.
Any ideas? If anyone thinks of a person or place to get the real scoop, I sure would like to know.
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And what have I seen in this discussion? Convincing points on both the yes and the no sides, but no actual knowledge or experience on the subject. With all due respect to those posting here, this is something worth really learning about.
Any ideas? If anyone thinks of a person or place to get the real scoop, I sure would like to know.
Thats cool jdub and points about metal not having pores was mentioned in another thread. As for me all the expert proof /experience I need to keep me away from using a 'questionable' drum is on both wrist for life.
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A bit about lead..
http://www.fs.uiuc.edu/PDFs/SC/SC%20-%20Lead.PDF

Remember lead is considered a heavy metal.
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Be very careful when you burn them out or cut into the barrel. But if you give it a good burn out it should be ok.
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My take on non food rated drums....... Why??? It just ain't worth it. Ok I'll go home now
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When you burn most things, they very rarely just "go away". There is almost always something left behind. Now, the boiling point of lead is 1740* Celsius, or 3164* Fahrenheit. Exactly what are you going to burn to produce those kinds of temperatures to get the lead out? And even if you do boil the lead away, you are just making the lead airborne and possibly poisoning yourself and anyone downwind. As for the fuel, being a compund and not an element like lead, it is difficult to know what is in it exactly and what would happen when it burns. Here is a paper about residues left behind from oil. Granted, this is for oil burning on water, but residue is residue.
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/ospr/response/...ant/isbres.pdf

I personally wouldn't chance it but lots of folks say they have done it and exclaim that they are still alive. Of course, manyh people with HIV/AIDS are still alive too, doesn't mean they aren't in a bad way though.
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Here is the link to a guy on craigs list give him a call they are cheap.
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Drums are too easy to obtain without being tempted by one that once contained fuels and possibly other additives. And based on my motorcycle racing experiences, you will find there was lead in that gas.

You can go to any food processing plant and get a drum for free or next to nothing. The ones I have been getting once contained veggy oil... They are only $5 here in the metroplex. Then I just got some freebies that once contained bovine serum. I really like these new one because they have a nice easy release lid and I do not have to cut them off.
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