the right barrel

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the right barrel

Postby dangerousdowning » 19 Sep 2014, 13:11

Firstly forgive me if this is on the forum somewhere, but going to head down the path of UDS and the first stop is the barrel.
I've seen a couple of different sizes. What is the best size to get?
The lid. how does that lid side of things work? barrels are sealed right? Do I avoid one without a lid?

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Re: the right barrel

Postby YetiDave » 19 Sep 2014, 13:21

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drum_(container) check out the international standard size - you'll want one of these. Although you can use any size drum, it's easier to source lids for the standard size

For sealed drums you can use an angle grinder to cut the inside of the lid out and then use a kettle BBQ lid, for unsealed drums you can remove the clip lid and use that :)

Edit: I've actually seen people remove fixed lids using nothing but a hammer and chisel - just go around the inside of the lip like a tin opener
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Re: the right barrel

Postby gingerchris » 19 Sep 2014, 14:05

Where abouts in the country are you? I have a good barrel supplier in South East London - lemme know if that's any good and I can hook you up with his info
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Re: the right barrel

Postby dangerousdowning » 19 Sep 2014, 16:59

OK, so i've found one just 20 minutes drive from home. It states:

"used , empty oil drum 205 litre, may have traces of either oil or antifreeze"

would this be ok after a couple of burn outs? was a bit worried when i read the word 'antifreeze'.

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Re: the right barrel

Postby YetiDave » 19 Sep 2014, 17:11

Yep, give it a crazy hot burn out and it should be just fine. If you drill your vent holes first it'll become a raging inferno in no time
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Re: the right barrel

Postby dangerousdowning » 19 Sep 2014, 17:15

got it for under a fiver :-)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161426018479

I'm now on my way

more questions (many more) to follow.

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Re: the right barrel

Postby aris » 19 Sep 2014, 17:32

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Re: the right barrel

Postby YetiDave » 19 Sep 2014, 17:38

My drum contained engine oil which I can attest to being totally inert. If it's antifreeze I'd just give it a good rinse out (and air it out) before grinding
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Re: the right barrel

Postby aris » 19 Sep 2014, 17:40

It isn't the oil that explodes, but the fumes. Best to be extra careful though.
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Re: the right barrel

Postby YetiDave » 19 Sep 2014, 17:56

Aye, you'd be buggered if you tried to lubricate an engine with something flammable though :lol: But you're dead right, always better to take a little care
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