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drum for smoker
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:17:44 PM »
I am thinking of building a UDS and have a question about a barrel I found on craigslist. The description list it as " out of a food factory, have the rust proof inner poly-ceramic liner ". Form the picture it looks red inside of the barrel. Is this barrel safe to use for a smoker?


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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2012, 08:18:20 PM »
You will need to remove the liner prior to use. I understand that sandblasting them out is the best method of removal because burning them out takes a significant effort. I would try finding one unlined as you will be able to skip this step.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2012, 01:02:54 AM »
I got my barrel from a local reconditioner for $45, with the coatings all removed.  I recommend it as an easy way to do it.  You might get a coated one cheaper than I did or even free, but then you've got to deal with cleaning it up.

Try a place like this: http://milfordbarrel.com/

If you're not near Milford, google "steel drum reconditioner" for your location.

Tell them you want it uncoated/unpainted, just a bare drum.  Call ahead, they may need time to get it ready for you (pull it out of the pipeline and set it aside).

Since you're talking about making a UDS, tell them you want an OPEN HEAD drum, and you want the lid WITH a bung hole and NO LID GASKET.  This will all make your life easier.

Let us know how it goes.

<edit>Sorry for the weird caps, but they were very confused when I told them I wanted an open head drum for a smoker, they expected I'd want a closed head to make a horizontal smoker.  Just be clear about what you want.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2012, 01:05:43 AM by tschmidlin »
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2012, 05:09:56 PM »
Thanks for the replies. I will look for other reconditioners in my area. I did not even think to search for them. I just happened to see the barrel in question on craigslist for $30 (open head with lid, $35 for lid with bung hole) and got the idea to try making a UDS. I will pay a little more if I can get one without the liner and not have to worry about it. Milford is about an hour and a half away so not that bad but I will look for something closer.

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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2012, 05:40:12 PM »
I sent Milford Barrel an e-mail last night and they have unlined open head barrels in stock for $45. Thanks again for the suggestion Tom. I will be in that area in a few weeks for work and will try and stop by to get a barrel. Much easier to pay $10 more for a barrel without a liner and not have to worry.

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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2012, 11:48:52 PM »
Awesome, good luck and let us know how it turns out.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2012, 12:52:55 PM »
You'll probably need it sandblasted or seriously well burnt.

Just built my UDS Saturday & smoked 20# of venison summer sausage, yesterday...



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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2012, 05:41:57 PM »
Just built my UDS Saturday & smoked 20# of venison summer sausage, yesterday...
Nice UDS!

What are those cases?  They look plastic, which makes me wonder how much smoke they can take on, so I assume they are not.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2012, 05:55:04 PM »
Nice. Looks like the non-edible casings.

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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2012, 01:12:38 AM »
I would think that there'll be a smokiness to each slice edible casings or not. Yes please report back. I could always toss a Hilshire Farm in the smoker.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 01:50:59 AM »
I would think that there'll be a smokiness to each slice edible casings or not. Yes please report back. I could always toss a Hilshire Farm in the smoker.
Does smoke penetrate plastic?  I've never tried.

They look like these:
http://www.sausagemaker.com/26200mahoganydeersalamicasing376mm.aspx

"No smoking is needed as the mahogany color simulates the color of smoke. " ;D
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2012, 09:42:02 AM »
They are these guys:

Fibrous Casings

Funny that they said that about the color...
Color isn't quite what I concern myself with, when I make summer sausage.
That's comical.

Fibrous casings can actually take in quite a bit of smoke.
It honestly surprised me, the first time I used them.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2012, 10:00:43 AM »
Cool, good to know.
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2012, 10:10:16 AM »

"No smoking is needed as the mahogany color simulates the color of smoke. " ;D

You can also add black food coloring to Miller to make a stout.  :)
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Re: drum for smoker
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2012, 10:28:33 AM »
You'll probably need it sandblasted or seriously well burnt.

Just built my UDS Saturday & smoked 20# of venison summer sausage, yesterday...




Nice UDS build! :)
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