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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


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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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    Question More information if you can

    Quote Originally Posted by SDJ1 View Post
    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

    Attachment 1472

    Keep grinding until you can cleary see 3 edges.
    Attachment 1473
    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.
    Attachment 1474
    Attachment 1475

    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)
    Attachment 1476

    Hope this helps, cheers Steve.
    So, to make sure Im getting this right?.....the lip that hangs over the top of the barrel at the top...start underneath it, and grind my way upwards all the way around????.....how long did it take you to do that?....Im new at this and I have a great source for Olive Oil Drums, that are closed with bung on top with NO liner inside.....best thing about it....Olive oil is coating the inside, so all I need to do is put some Oak and other fruit woods, which will season it from the get go!!!!!

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    Just go straight in from the outside of the lip..if you come in from the bottom, you will have lots to grind. Just keep the grinder on that radius and you will start to see the crack as the steel around it gets hot, the line will appear. Be careful of the sharp edges.
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    Default Awesome

    Quote Originally Posted by Joneser View Post
    Just go straight in from the outside of the lip..if you come in from the bottom, you will have lots to grind. Just keep the grinder on that radius and you will start to see the crack as the steel around it gets hot, the line will appear. Be careful of the sharp edges.
    So the outer lip that sits just over the top edge...just start grinding that till I see the opening....after I do that do you think I will be able to use the top of the drum as a lid?.....don't have too many webber grill 22.5 lids around. they are like gold......

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