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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17 09 11:35 am    Post subject: Stripping paint from the inside of 55 g drum... Reply with quote

i know most of you all just built a big hardwood fire in em and burnt the paint off, what if a guy cant get his hands on enough hardwood to do that?
will softer woods work like poplar or pine? i got lots of that. i tried a paint stripper on it today to no avail. i guess if all else fails a wire wheel huh?

thanks all.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17 09 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UpInSmoke67, you might look around for a place that has pallets, a lot of those are made from oak. As far as just burning out the drum, I don't know why kiln dried pine or poplar would not work. I would not use it if it has been treated though. Another thing some people use is cardboard in stead of wood. It makes a super hot fire, I remember a member used some potted metal hinges and he melted them using cardboard to burn on a tank.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

with pine you'll get sap in it and it may taste like a pine forest on your meats.I would use hardwood pallets,or any (almost)hardwood (any tree that drops it's leaves is a hardwood).
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I burned mine out with a really hot red alder fire, and still used a wire wheel to get everything out of it. Then took it to a self service car wash, and blasted it with the high pressure hose, soap and rinse.

I think the cardboard thing may be a very good idea....
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
with pine you'll get sap in it and it may taste like a pine forest on your meats.


So are you insinuating that tree sap does not burn?????? Confused

Burn it with anything you can get your hands on, the only thing left is ash. Burned mine out with pine clap board siding off a buddys house.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

daddywoofdawg wrote:
with pine you'll get sap in it and it may taste like a pine forest on your meats.I would use hardwood pallets,or any (almost)hardwood (any tree that drops it's leaves is a hardwood).


That is why I said kiln dried pine or poplar. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If all you're doing is burning out the barrel, does it matter if the pallet wood is pre-treated?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

98 Red Kettle, I am not sure. I know I would not burn any chemically treated wood in my cookers, burn out or not. Thats just me. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
I know I would not burn any chemically treated wood in my cookers, burn out or not. Thats just me. Smile


IMO anything but pressure treated is good to go (for a burn out that is Wink ). Pallets are often sprayed with pesticide or fungicide as they cross the pond to keep alien plants and insects from invasion.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teleking wrote:
k.a.m. wrote:
I know I would not burn any chemically treated wood in my cookers, burn out or not. Thats just me. Smile


IMO anything but pressure treated is good to go (for a burn out that is Wink ). Pallets are often sprayed with pesticide or fungicide as they cross the pond to keep alien plants and insects from invasion.


Thats why you need to only burn american made pallets Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i used a weedburner and torched the hell out of it. then i hit it with a wire brush. took a while but i wasnt sure about lighting a big fire in a residential area.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks all, i got'er done. took it out to a buddys acreage and we burnt
any kind of wood we could find in it, as well as a ton of cardboard. i'll give it a pressure wash tomorrow morning to see what she looks like. all the paint from the outside of it is gone now so hopefully the inside is too. now back
to preppin six huge rack'o'ribs for on the chargriller tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
Thats why you need to only burn american made pallets Laughing


I am pretty sure even the US made ones get some spray from time to time in accordance with FDA regs. Wink

You would be supprised what comes from China these days. My UDS drum had apple juice concentrate from China in it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18 09 10:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Stripping paint from the inside of 55 g drum... Reply with quote

UpInSmoke67 wrote:
i know most of you all just built a big hardwood fire in em and burnt the paint off, what if a guy cant get his hands on enough hardwood to do that?
will softer woods work like poplar or pine? i got lots of that. i tried a paint stripper on it today to no avail. i guess if all else fails a wire wheel huh?

thanks all.

I used a combination of propane wand torch and wheel, since my 55gal food grade drum was coated with what appeared to be a glassy ceramic sealant, I burned that off with the wand torch till the barrel started warping slightly, then stopped. After that, I climbed inside for a few days with a power drill and wire brush and chipped away at it little by little till it looked like this:


It was a major pain in the ass, but worth it!
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