View Full Version : Reconditioned barrel for UDS with green interior?

04-06-2009, 08:38 PM
Since I live in tight quarters, I opted to go for a reconditioned barrel instead of burning out the red liner. The barrel supplier told me that it was bare steel on the interior. As I opened it up, my five year old, in her infinite curiosity, asked, "Why is it green?"

Anybody seen this? Why is it green? More importantly, will I have to burn it out?

For what it's worth, my barrel supplier did check with the reconditioner, and was told that the barrel would be safe for BBQ.


04-06-2009, 09:17 PM
Any clue what was in it originally?

04-06-2009, 09:41 PM
might as well burn it just to be safe... never know

04-06-2009, 09:57 PM
Any clue what was in it originally?

It's been reconditioned, which means that it's been blasted and cleaned out. Like I said, the company that did it said it that it was food safe. I'm not worried about what was in it. I just don't know what the green is.

04-06-2009, 10:00 PM
Have you tried sanding/cleaning it to see how it comes off?

mister blister
04-06-2009, 10:03 PM
Try some simple green degreaser, It's biodegradable, And then wash. If that won't take it off i would burn it.

04-06-2009, 10:26 PM
IMO, burn it good before you cook anything your going to eat.I have used oil barrels before to make grills, always burn them out real good because you never what stays in the seams.

04-06-2009, 10:45 PM
Okay, I've heard the "burn it just in case" theory. I'm looking for an identification of the coating.

It's definitely not grease. Took some 150 grit sandpaper to it, and you could start to see bare metal rather quickly. It's too late in the evening to try a grinder.

Any of the legends out there have a theory?

04-06-2009, 11:44 PM
In the pic it looks kind of yellowish, could it just be a light film of young rust? Maybe just over spray from painting other barrels?

Meat Burner
04-06-2009, 11:49 PM
Smooookin, that is what my first thought was. It really doesn't look like a spayed on coating to me. Just a thought.

04-06-2009, 11:56 PM
To me it does look like over spray or paint "mist" that settled or dust from sanding...

Just my guess.

bbq lover
04-07-2009, 12:16 AM
make it do a per cook and run with it it looks fine to me

04-07-2009, 12:21 AM
Here are a couple more pics. I've never seen green rust, and it coats the entire interior, including the lid. As you can see, it's not really uniform like a paint job. The whitish blob in the right hand pic is where I hit it with the 150 grit sandpaper.


04-07-2009, 12:28 AM
It looks like some sort of antirust agent. Looks like it should burn off easy unlike the liner.

04-07-2009, 12:31 AM
It just dawned on me that it could be from an acid wash. I would check to see if the company that reconditions the barrels uses an acid wash.

Maybe the acid wasn't rinsed completely and the steel oxidized a little bit??? :confused:

Another guess anyway.

04-08-2009, 12:15 AM
Got a call in to the supplier. The steel is not oxidized, as that would = rust.

04-08-2009, 11:28 AM
I'm guessing that it is some kind of rust inhibitor.