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Old 06-07-14, 07:48 AM
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55 gallon drums

I need a (empty) 55 gallon metal drum. Where can I find one.... besides stealing one out of a public park?
 
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Old 06-07-14, 08:36 AM
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There are businesses that sell used drums. You'll just have to check the Yellow Pages on line for your town.
 
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Old 06-07-14, 08:37 AM
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Check on Craigslist. There is a guy near me selling then for $15. Likely not worth the drive. I could ship you one.
 
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Ask around, check the yellow pages and keep your eyes open. I use a 55 gal drum as a burn barrel but it needs to be replaced every so many yrs. It seems like it's harder to find used drums than it used to be
 
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That's what I need it for, a burn barrel.

What type of business sells them? Not sure who to seek.

As far as one for 15 bucks... I would buy two!!
 
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In our local yellow pages there is one listing under 'barrels and drums' I suppose any business that buys liquid in 55 gal drums might potentially sell the empty drums.
 
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Growing up everyone got their burn barrels from the local bread company. The company's shortening came in 55 gallon drums. I imagine though, at least now, the companies pay a deposit and return the barrels. Of course they might be willing to sell for the cost of the deposit.
 
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The outfit I worked for in central fla bought wall paint in 55 gal drums and there was a deposit charged for each drum that we bought at the plant. It was kind of a mute point as we dropped off of 3-4 empty drums every morning when we picked up their full replacements.

I used to find various places that had empty drums for sale along the side of the road but haven't seen any in the last 10 yrs.
 
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Please don't burn trash.
 
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Please don't burn trash.
No trash. I have lots of branches I need to clear. They are too far from the curb for me to drag for municipal disposal. And I am trying to avoid renting a wood chipper.... so my thinking is to burn it in small increments.

Im kind of leary to burn right on the ground as I don't want it to get out of control, or big enough where someone might report it.
 
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You could get one of these: DR BurnCage (burn barrel) home incinerator | DR Power Equipment however the price is a bit out of sight! Perhaps you could make one similar with some steel fencing and some hog rings.

If it was me, I would just use a metal fire ring. Just keep the fire low key.
 
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While I recycle most of what I can, I always burn my trash ... I'm not about to pay for the privilege of toting a roll it can a over a half a mile each week and partially block the entrance to my driveway with it
 
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I do. In fact I haul two cans down to the end of our long driveway. I just tip them down and hook the handle on the trailer hitch. The 2nd can is hooked to a rope on the first can. Our drive is about 1/4 mile

The problem with burning trash is all the toxic compounds you are releasing into the air. (black smoke) It is not the same as when they incinerate garbage. That is much higher heat and the smoke is ran through scrubbers to remove the toxic compounds.
 
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My fairly steep gravel driveway is a tad longer than 1/4 mile. I'm not convinced a roll it can would survive being drug down and back up on a weekly basis ..... besides, you know what they say about teaching an old dog new tricks!
 
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BAD DOG! No biscuit!
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My driveway is concrete, about sixty feet long and a rise of maybe 15-20 feet from the street to the garage. Sometimes it is all I can do to wheel the 30 gallon (with 20 gallon insert) toter to the street. It is really a killer when I have to also run the 60 gallon recycle bin and the 90 gallon yard waste bin. Fortunately I rarely have all three to dump the same time.
 
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My driveway ends about 250'-300' higher than the road where it starts with 6-7 turns along the way, including 2 switchbacks. While many are intimidated by it, the road isn't as bad as it looks but it does keep the riff raff away
 
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Picked a nice 55 gallon drum, was used for transfer fluid. The local junkyard sold me one for 20 bucks.... now its time to saw the top off the sucker.
 
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I usually remove the bottom and utilize the 2 plugs on the top for drain holes. I found using my air hammer/chisel works great for removing the bottom. I suspect a hammer and chisel would be quicker than a saw although you do need to be mindful of the rough edge.
 
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Maybe a Sawzall?

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Get an outside muffler cutter chisel for your air hammer and you can cut the top out of a barrel in less than a minute.

This is what I have used for the last 30 years. Once I cut 10 ends in 9 minutes.

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My sawzall went right thru it like butter.

Any suggestions on a cinder grate for the top without having to weld?
 
 

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