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  1. #1
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    Default Do You Think These Drums Are Safe?

    I found 2 drums on Craigslist that a guy about 10 miles from me was selling. They're the kind with clamp on lids, but the clamps aren't the hand operated kind, they tighten with bolts. If you think they're safe to use, I may cut the clamps off and have spring loaded hand claps welded on.

    The outside of the drums say they contained "water reducible chassis paint" and that there were petroleom distillate solvents, alcohols and ether in it.
    One of the drums had had a fire in it previously and I couldn't see any signs of a liner in either. They both still smell like paint thinner. i'm thinking of hauling them up to a local hand car wash bay and using a long handled brush washing and scrubbing them up real good.

    Do you think they'll be safe to use or should I just clean them up and store my bags of biird seed in them?
    John ~ Michigan Drum Corps

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  2. #2
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    I would burn them out and take them to the car-wash for a good hose-down.
    I think they would work if you burned off all the solvents in it.
    ~Brian~
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  3. #3
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    A good hot burn will definitely get rid of any of the solvents. I would imagine that a burn and a good wash out would remove anything else as well.

    I would say that if you burn it and wash it and can neither see anything nor smell anything, you are prolly good to go.

    Why are you concerned about the clamps? I never use mine. If you do need clamps, you can buy them brand new for under $15.

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    I want to turn the drum over and cut the bottom out, making it the top. With quick release clamps, I can then just unclamp them and lift the whole smoker off the bottom making it easy to take the coal basket out and clean up ashes and drippings.
    John ~ Michigan Drum Corps

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  5. #5
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    Sounds like your trying to reinvent the wheel John. What ya going to use as a lid if you cut the bottom out? I remove my basket about every fourth time I fire it. With a catch pan attached to the bottom of the basket, I've never had to clean out the bottom of the drum.
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    h20loo is offline Can tell pulled pork from sliced brisket h20loo is an unknown quantity at this point
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    In theory that would work but in reality that is just a pain in the backfield. I know on many barrels that the lids do not fit on the closed end and sometimes nor do the Weber lids.I would suggest you make your basket and attach it to an ashpan and lift it out on the occasions that you feel its necessary to clean the UDS. If you notice you seldom hear anyone talking about cleaning their barrel after the initial seasoning because its not important enough to mention. Don't postpone building by trying to redesign the smoker. Get at 'er!! If you are not confident in the build then look up BBQBubba on here. I would think he's just down the road and if you ask I'm sure he could fix you up with a working UDS. Would a MSU UDS be OK?? J/K!!
    Last edited by h20loo; 09-21-2009 at 04:32 PM.

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    Agreed. Burn, wash it and build it.

    You might wanna reconsider washing it out at a carwash though. I took one in the other day and was about 1/2 through with it when the owner/manager come flying around the corner with his eyes buggin' out and hyperventilating--"WHAT was in that DRUM?!?" "You can't DO that!" "Don't EVER do that again--PLEASE" It didn't help that I actually had the MSDS from the whatever it was. Non flammable, nonacidic, noncorrosive, nonsomething or other-- Pretty benign stuff.





    Can hardly wait to take the next one in...
    Could be fun! Never been banned from a carwash before...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy View Post
    Can hardly wait to take the next one in...
    Could be fun! Never been banned from a carwash before...
    Now that's funny!
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    I can not imagine someone of your age having NEVER been banned from a car wash. That is a remarkable achievement. Looking forward to hearing when you take the next one in for a good cleaning????????????????????
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