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RClark115
11-02-2013, 04:57 PM
Working on burning out my 55 gallon drum, for my UDS. As you can see I have removed a lot of the outer paint. I don't think I'm out of the woods yet with the red liner though. I have burned two pallets in it so far, and this is where I am. I can keep putting pallets, but right now I have a pile of smoldering wood in the bottom, covering the intakes. I'm not sure that puting more pallets in is going to get me any further at this point. Should I let the wood burn through and dump it out to go again? Or just keep adding wood and end up with a half barrel of smoldering wood?
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ajstrider
11-02-2013, 05:07 PM
I would keep putting more in, those inlets on the bottom don't do much for this style of fire. It gets its air from the top. Think of all the people that burn trash in drums, they have no intakes on the bottom. Plenty of people burn first, then put on intakes. Just be mindful of hot ash coming out of those intakes now, cap them off if you have any.

Fwismoker
11-02-2013, 05:39 PM
Let the fire die and use angle grinder wire brush...wipe down and season.

SmittyJonz
11-02-2013, 05:44 PM
I burnt my red liner out with a HOT. 4 hr fire. Then still had to wire wheel it( liner was Blistered/ flaking off but not gone)

c farmer
11-02-2013, 05:44 PM
I got a flapper style wheel for my angle grinder at lowes that worked good for me.

RClark115
11-02-2013, 06:33 PM
it appears during the burn I warped my lid. While it is frustrating, guess I will have to see if the weber fits

Fwismoker
11-02-2013, 06:38 PM
it appears during the burn I warped my lid. While it is frustrating, guess I will have to see if the weber fits Ugh i was gonna warn you about that. Flat lids are a dime a dozen tough.

c farmer
11-02-2013, 06:40 PM
it appears during the burn I warped my lid. While it is frustrating, guess I will have to see if the weber fits


I did the same thing.

Fwismoker
11-02-2013, 06:48 PM
I did the same thing. Yea i was gonna warn you also.... my bad:cry:

RClark115
11-02-2013, 06:51 PM
Ugh i was gonna warn you about that. Flat lids are a dime a dozen tough.

So then do u just take a wire wheel to the lid usually?

Fwismoker
11-02-2013, 06:56 PM
So then do u just take a wire wheel to the lid usually?
I'd say just a weed burner and wire wheel. I have a metal recyler by me i can get 50 lids a week if i wanted...look around for one. Call up the recyclers and ask them if they have 50 gallon drums coming through to get a replacement.

Bludawg
11-02-2013, 06:59 PM
live & learn buy an unlined drum you'd be burnin meat right now

Teleking
11-02-2013, 07:00 PM
I would keep putting more in, those inlets on the bottom don't do much for this style of fire. It gets its air from the top. Think of all the people that burn trash in drums, they have no intakes on the bottom. Plenty of people burn first, then put on intakes. Just be mindful of hot ash coming out of those intakes now, cap them off if you have any.

Really! Please explain the draft process that does not benefit from air and heat rising.

Gettinit
11-02-2013, 07:08 PM
Mine had glue in the drums. I hope a match will get rid of the glue. No idea what the liner may be, if any.

I saw pics with drums upside down and with a part of another drum clamped to a drum. Any real benefits?

RClark115
11-02-2013, 07:21 PM
I burnt my red liner out with a HOT. 4 hr fire. Then still had to wire wheel it( liner was Blistered/ flaking off but not gone)

Like this?
http://i.imgur.com/CMFQrnR.jpg?1

J-Rod
11-02-2013, 08:45 PM
If you have a fire pit build a fire in there and set your drum in it when it's good and hot. That's how I dealt with my last liner situation, in addition to a burnout. Worked great and got the bottom rippin hot no prob which is usually the hardest part to get clean. Oh, and do it at night so you can see it glowing- no paint/liner will survive.

SmittyJonz
11-02-2013, 11:16 PM
Like this?
http://i.imgur.com/CMFQrnR.jpg?1


Pretty Much- see if itll come off with wire brush or wire wheel in Drill.

RClark115
11-03-2013, 09:17 PM
Well... It's been a long day... Fighting this liner. Got it as good as I could. Got it seasoning now, all valves and nipples wide open she got to 260.... Hopefully I have done everything right. Here goes
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c farmer
11-03-2013, 09:37 PM
Nice and clean. All valves open and only 260?

RClark115
11-03-2013, 09:45 PM
Nice and clean. All valves open and only 260?

Yea, thats the concerning part... but it may also be the cheap brinkman bbq home depot thermometer I installed. ..

c farmer
11-03-2013, 09:56 PM
What do you have for intakes?

RClark115
11-03-2013, 10:17 PM
http://i.imgur.com/aJ6KNPA.jpg?1

RClark115
11-03-2013, 10:18 PM
3 3/4 nipples. 2 are elbowed and one is direct

RClark115
11-03-2013, 11:11 PM
Ok... So the thermometer I mounted is reading under 250 now at full blast, but when I drop a meat probe in one of the vent holes it maxes out indicating something above 300... I'm new, I'm clearly missing something, or my mounted thermometer is junk.

Bob O Q Shawtee
11-03-2013, 11:32 PM
Ok... So the thermometer I mounted is reading under 250 now at full blast, but when I drop a meat probe in one of the vent holes it maxes out indicating something above 300... I'm new, I'm clearly missing something, or my mounted thermometer is junk.
Chances are the thermometer is off. Remove it from barrel and put the probe in boiling water(don't alow probe to contact container). Should register 212* on the money unless you live on top of McKinnley. Just mentaly add the diff until you pick up a better thermometer.
The barrel is looking good.:thumb:

mikemci
11-03-2013, 11:36 PM
Chances are the thermometer is off. Remove it from barrel and put the probe in boiling water(don't alow probe to contact container). Should register 212* on the money unless you live on top of McKinnley. Just mentaly add the diff until you pick up a better thermometer.
The barrel is looking good.:thumb:

Ditto. Your true temp. with it wide open should be over 440.

spinningwheel
11-04-2013, 01:57 PM
I used the Brinkmann temp gauge on my first build and wound up taking the thing back to HD. I used the boiling water technique and got it to read 212 by adjusting the back nut. Put it back in the UDS and was 50 degrees low at 350 on the Maverick. I would suggest taking it back and looking for another brand name or buying a decent one on Amazon or somewhere.