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Unread 02-05-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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whats the best source or manufacturer/business to find a drum? i've been calling (you want a what?), asked a few folks to look for me (riiiight), put out ads(forgetaboutit) and generally talked my way to fustration. i mean why is it so hard?? any help/suggestions would be appreciated. i'm also in a wheel chair so maybe some suggestions to some mods that might help ?
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Unread 02-05-2008, 08:45 PM   #2
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George,
I just picked up one yesterday from a jam and jelly company. I just called around and asked if they have any 55 gal. drums for sale. There is another place a few downs over. It's a little Debbie snack cake factory. The drums are $3 each there, but it is hit or miss if they will have one when you want it.

You might also look at a tractor supply or farm store. Sometimes you can get them to make a drum fireplace.

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Look in the yellow pages under barrels or drums. I would imagine a supplier is listed. If that fails, call some food processors such as potatoe chip manufacturers, or maybe Pegler Sysco.

As far as being wheel chair accessible...I suggest digging a hole next to the patio or driveway about 30 inches in diameter and 18 or so inches deep. Then get a piece of 30 inch diameter corregated steel "culvert" pipe (like they put under driveways to move storm water) to put in the pit. Backfill around the culvert with gravel. Drop the barrel in the pit and use upright air intakes. The drum would then be easy to tend "from above". Better fill the bottom of the hole with gravel too for drainage.
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I forgot to mention. If you can't find one, I'll get you one for the $8.48 for cost of drum and whatever it cost to ship from 72712 to your home address. I think my drum weights around 33lbs empty. I saw a sticker leftover on the drum just today with the dead weight. The other weight was 433lbs full. I'm guessing 400 lbs of strawberrys.
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Not sure where Visalia is, but if you PM Norcoredneck, he may be able to point you in the right direction.
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I can bring you one if you want to meet at the Modesto cookoff. Let me know, NUTZ.
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wow, thanks for the info, ideas and offers. i'll check things out and mull it over. i like the sinking the drum idea!
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wow, thanks for the info, ideas and offers. i'll check things out and mull it over. i like the sinking the drum idea!
Yeah, always step back and say how can this be done some way else (i.e backward or inside out or easier). My Dad is in a chair and and my wife was, so we became pretty good at thinking outside box. Kinda fun actually.
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All the food processors in my area thought I was nuts. They all said "we have companies that do that for us." So I started searching another route. Look for livestock feed suppliers. I did buy a few new ones for $40 each, but found some at a feed dealer for $10, and saw an ad in the paper for used drums for $10 each that had floor dry in them. Just keep on searching.
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I have found a couple of places in this area for used drums, but they have all been used for chemicals or oil. I'm a bit concerned about using drums that weren't used for food products. How do you guys feel? Right now I can get drums that were used for either motor oil, solvent or racing fuel. Would you use them?
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I'm not absolutely certain, just something I heard a while back. What I was told was that drums are made from cold rolled steel. It is a nonporous material. So technically nothing could be absorbed. That being said, I go through hydraulic oil like crazy at work, and I didn't use those drums. I can't find a definative answer that makes me feel comfortable enough to use one. I know plenty of people that do though. I have scrapped tons of old air compressor tanks for the same reason. Just not sure about all the crud left in them.
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Has anyone ever looked into or used a drum that held concrete curing compound? It is water soluable (sp?) so it should clean up pretty well. The MSDS sheet says may cause minor skin/eye irritation but looks a lot better than some I've seen. If OK, concrete contractors go through them like crazy.

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I have found a couple of places in this area for used drums, but they have all been used for chemicals or oil. I'm a bit concerned about using drums that weren't used for food products. How do you guys feel? Right now I can get drums that were used for either motor oil, solvent or racing fuel. Would you use them?
I don't think it would matter if they were scrubbed down good and burned once or twice. I have free drums at my work that held a concentrated, mineral oil based machine coolant. Many local brethern have already made UDS's from them with good success. I think that any oil residues get burned up in the fire, especially if it gets burned twice with a scrubbing in between burns.

BTW George I wish we were a bit closer man, I'd hook you up with as many as you want. We have to cut up and toss these drums all the time.
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hb-bbq, maybe if i have no luck we can figure something out. my son lives in huntington and comes up once in awhile. he has a karate dojo there. i'll take you up on it if all else fails. thanks for the offer !
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