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    Question Drum Prep Methods?

    Hi all! Long time griller, first time UDS smoker!

    First, HUGE thanks to BP for these forums. There's a ton of information out there about drum smoking but this seems like a great place to pull it all together. Really appreciate you and the class-act company you run.

    I'm getting ready to build my first UDS and plan to do so with the BP kit. The one thing I'm having a hard time getting a clear understanding of is how to prep a drum for safe cooking.

    From what I gather, the best method (meaning safest) is to strip down the inside of your drum down to bare steel. From what I've read, that usually means 1 or 2 high temp burns, which leaves char and maybe even chemical residue, depending on what your drum used to hold and whether or not it had a liner.

    So I'm considering doing a burn out and then having the drum sandblasted, inside and out. Or is that overkill? The way I figure it, seasoning the inside with vegetable oil or cooking spray is supposed to help rust-proof the drum, so no big loss of any kind of interior chemical rust retardant. And the outside I'd just as soon paint myself with high-temp spray in a color of my choosing anyway.

    So does a burnout + sandblasting seem reasonable? Safe? Or overkill?

    For the record, I haven't located my drum yet, but wouldn't quite feel safe trying to use anything that held toxins. I intend to go with a used food-product drum or new drum, depending on my luck.

    Thanks for your thoughts, looking forward to participating here.

    Scott

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    Just have it sandblasted first

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    Sandblasted and I think food grade just makes sense...

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    So burn out not essential if sandblasting? Fantastic. Presuming no crazy former chemical contents, of course.

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    food grade a serious burn out is enough.... if it has that red goop inside sandblast

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    I'd sandblast it even Id it were food grade just for safety sake . I'm lucky enough to live close to a drum manufacturer that I can get a new food grade 16 gauge steel drum not painted with a Lid for $50 . I give it a sand with an electric sander after using a non toxic wax and grease remover , paint it with grill paint then do a small fire to cure the paint and season it .

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    Stevie where is your drum supplier? Can you post it in the drum locator section? thanks

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