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  1. #1
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    Default Grinding the lid off a closed head drum

    I posed a question on here recently about removeing the top of a closed head drum, got some helpful advice and here,s how I did it,

    Before attempting this remeber it is dangerous and many people have been killed or maimed cutting drums up, if in doubt make sure its empty and then fill it with water before grinding or take it to someone that knows what there doing.

    I used a 4inch angle grinder and ground away the side of the top bead

    drum lid removal.jpg

    Keep grinding until you can cleary see 3 edges.
    Ground edge.JPG
    I used an old chisel to separate the lid from the drum and only had to tap it in about 3 or 4 places then twist and the lid fell out.
    lid freeJPG.jpg
    drum and lid.jpg

    the drums I'm using have a nice snug fit 3/4 inch deep lid that should seal up nice and tight.
    next its time to grind away all the sharp edges, finish off by hand using emery paper.

    Of course whilst makin a new drum I had to fire up the old one and cook some marinated beef short ribs and 2 ears of corn, (gotta keep the vegie intake up)
    beef short ribs.jpg

    Hope this helps, cheers Steve.
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    Wow, that worked very nice! See guys, there is hope for those sealed drums!
    Thanks for posting your progress!
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    Default got the bug

    Quote Originally Posted by Joneser View Post
    Wow, that worked very nice! See guys, there is hope for those sealed drums!
    Thanks for posting your progress!

    No problemo Joneser, another 3 to go!!

    drums.JPG

    Cheers Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joneser View Post
    Wow, that worked very nice! See guys, there is hope for those sealed drums!
    Thanks for posting your progress!
    a no weld solution, im likin it, we came down an inch and cut the top off, had to weld a 1 1/2 pice of flat iron all the way around to make a flange. Worked great but seeing this my next closed top will be a deeper resessed lid. Nice work


    Now lets see some TBS flowing outta her!!!
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    Time to pass the torch Trav ... tell him to get it painted
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    Its getting painted today, after grinding the edges neat, I used an angle grinder with a wire wheel on to remove the burrs, found out the wheel also polishes thew grinder marks out pretty good too, pics another day I got work to do!!

    Cheers Stevo
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    Anybody using this method had any issues getting the !??##! lid off once the drum gets nice and hot? I did this on my new drum, and it fits nice and tight like the OP mentioned. Like "I can pick the drum up by the lid" tight. I suppose I can keep a hammer and chisel handy when I've got a smoke going, but there must be a better way.
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    Default tight drum lid

    Quote Originally Posted by lazy View Post
    Anybody using this method had any issues getting the !??##! lid off once the drum gets nice and hot? I did this on my new drum, and it fits nice and tight like the OP mentioned. Like "I can pick the drum up by the lid" tight. I suppose I can keep a hammer and chisel handy when I've got a smoke going, but there must be a better way.
    Yep, same thing happened on the next drum I made, I use a chisel and just tap it in by hand then twist, lid pops off easy, I have thought of adding a big sturdy hinge on the far side of the lid and a handle that sticks out towards the front for the tight drums, only had one so far.

    All the best for the year in the US guys, hope this one is better than last year

    Cheers Stevo
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    Interesting ,thanks for sharing your experiences.I have a closed top I need to grind the lid off of.This info will come in handy.I always just assume I did it wrong.
    Paul

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    Steve,Thanks for sharing this method.I finally got around to starting my drum and this worked great!







    Thanks again!
    Paul

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