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SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 03:53 PM
A friend of mine is interested in building a UDS with some help from me since he can't weld. No problem I said so we both started trying to locate a new un used 55 gallon drum and have come up empty handed. Niether of us want to deal with trying to remove the coating in food grade drums that I keep finding in our area and the gauge of the metal is very thin. The few places that sell new or recycled drums don't answer the phone either.

So does anyone have an idea of where we can find a new drum in the Sacramento area?

WilliamKY
02-23-2019, 04:13 PM
https://www.uline.com/BL_8156/Steel-Drums

dadsr4
02-23-2019, 04:51 PM
Facebook Marketplace around me has quite a few listed. Some have posted about bakeries, transmission and auto shops, oil distributors, farm supplies stores, and feed stores.

Radrob
02-23-2019, 04:57 PM
Plan to pay more for shipping than the drum, These $95 smooth drums were $200 for shipping to La. Good Luck finding one locally or get it sandblasted.

https://smokerbuildermfg.com/collections/uds-drum-smoker-parts/products/55-gallon-smoth-sided-drum-for-uds-smoker?aff=4&fbclid=IwAR1ZZl39QT0w_0i5dRUSWmL31rAso3zJxV8Nq8Qkl GJkCtYy2hcqscUwmmg

SirPorkaLot
02-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Good move on avoiding the food grade drums (itís pointless and a lot of extra work)

Look for oil drums. They are normally well preserved, plentiful and easily burnt out

Try any place that buys hydraulic fluid or oil in bulk.
Fork lift repair shops, etc .

SirPorkaLot
02-23-2019, 05:08 PM
Here ya go.
$10 each

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/366276984113667/

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 05:24 PM
https://www.uline.com/BL_8156/Steel-Drums

I'velooked at that site already. Not a fan of creating an account just to find out shipping costs that I already know are a deal breaker.

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 05:26 PM
Good move on avoiding the food grade drums (itís pointless and a lot of extra work)

Look for oil drums. They are normally well preserved, plentiful and easily burnt out

Try any place that buys hydraulic fluid or oil in bulk.
Fork lift repair shops, etc .

Not a fan of oil drums. Burning them out can still leave nasty toxic chemicals behind.

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 05:27 PM
Plan to pay more for shipping than the drum, These $95 smooth drums were $200 for shipping to La. Good Luck finding one locally or get it sandblasted.

https://smokerbuildermfg.com/collections/uds-drum-smoker-parts/products/55-gallon-smoth-sided-drum-for-uds-smoker?aff=4&fbclid=IwAR1ZZl39QT0w_0i5dRUSWmL31rAso3zJxV8Nq8Qkl GJkCtYy2hcqscUwmmg

Shipping was $175 to my door, kind of a deal breaker and pushes the cost past a PBC which is what he is trying to avoid.

WilliamKY
02-23-2019, 05:28 PM
I'velooked at that site already. Not a fan of creating an account just to find out shipping costs that I already know are a deal breaker.
I agree 100%. I never looked at the shipping cost, just trying to help.

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 05:29 PM
Facebook Marketplace around me has quite a few listed. Some have posted about bakeries, transmission and auto shops, oil distributors, farm supplies stores, and feed stores.

I'll give some of those a try.

SirPorkaLot
02-23-2019, 05:29 PM
Not a fan of oil drums. Burning them out can still leave nasty toxic chemicals behind.



Iíve always used oil drums (years and years, including competitions).

If you burn them out good (down to bare metal), there is nothing left.
The great thing about most oils. They are completely combustible at a fairly low temp.

The internet is down on them; but they also promote food grade drums which is a waste

It is easily the cheapest and best drum you can buy :

WilliamKY
02-23-2019, 05:35 PM
I’ve always used oil drums (years and years, including competitions).

If you burn them out good (down to bare metal), there is nothing left.
The great thing about most oils. They are completely combustible at a fairly low temp.

The internet is down on them; but they also promote food grade drums which is a waste

It is easily the cheapest and best drum you can buy :
Oil and grease drums are heavy duty. My UDS is an industrial 55 gal drum that held white lithium grease. It was unlined but had a thick mil plastic liner inside the drum. The grease never touched the metal although I still burned it out to be safe.

SirPorkaLot
02-23-2019, 05:38 PM
It appears it was almost 9 years ago exactly that I built my first UDS

https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78229&highlight=Uds

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 05:45 PM
Oil and grease drums are heavy duty. My UDS is an industrial 55 gal drum that held white lithium grease. It was unlined but had a thick mil plastic liner inside the drum. The grease never touched the metal although I still burned it out to be safe.

If I could find one like that it would be perfect. Fact of the matter is everyone who has an industrial drum that I've contacted has zero idea of what was in it.

WilliamKY
02-23-2019, 06:03 PM
If I could find one like that it would be perfect. Fact of the matter is everyone who has an industrial drum that I've contacted has zero idea of what was in it.
Darn. I'm an auto worker and every few months they sit 4-5 of these drums on the curb for free. Just never know when they will be discarded or else I'd send you one.

kls44
02-23-2019, 07:30 PM
I got mine free from an outfit that paints the temporary lines on new roads. Washed it out(water base paint), burned it out never looked back.

SergeantSmoke
02-23-2019, 08:37 PM
Darn. I'm an auto worker and every few months they sit 4-5 of these drums on the curb for free. Just never know when they will be discarded or else I'd send you one.

We will get our hands on one sooner or later. No worries.

pjtexas1
02-23-2019, 09:14 PM
https://brickseek.com/walmart-inventory-checker/?sku=333914739https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190224/ed83571815d26a7c3e5814c841576e02.jpg

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Radrob
02-24-2019, 11:06 AM
Try Grainger, they are unlined but have a rust inhibitor that should be easy to remove compared to a lined drum.
https://www.grainger.com/product/GRAINGER-APPROVED-55-gal-Black-Steel-Open-Head-5ERH2?cm_sp=Product_Details-_-Customer_Also_Viewed-_-AZIDPRR_9262-9435-2&cm_vc=AZIDPRR_9262-9435-2&req=Customer_Also_Viewed

El Ropo
02-24-2019, 03:50 PM
In your local Craigslist:


https://sacramento.craigslist.org/for/d/sacramento-55-gal-cheap-metal-barrel/6821460058.html


These are sealed drums that most likely are not lined. In my experience, lined-sealed drums are a rarity. You should listen to the advice of the above posters relating to using drums that carried petroleum products. Once burned out, they are just as safe, if not safer than a lined drum where the lining wasn't properly removed.


Drill intake holes before burning the drum out. This ensures a super hot fire that will destroy anything that was inside the drum. I use a wide metal chisel and a hammer to cut the sealed top off.. takes 5 minutes or less.

guero_gordo
02-24-2019, 04:19 PM
There was a recycling place in Oakley that used to list on SF CL