Notices
Like Tree10Likes

How to make a burn barrel last?

Old 12-26-2014, 01:08 PM
  #1  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 15,138
Default How to make a burn barrel last?

We live in a rural area and are allowed to open burn on our property. I have been buying metal 55 gallon drums for the past 25+ years as a burn barrel. I drill about a dozen holes in it to let air in on the side and bottom. The barrel's used to last 5+ years but the last 4 have only lasted about 18 months before they literally rust apart. They must be making them with less metal than the old ones were made with. Does anyone have a way to make the barrels last longer? I don't think I can put any kind of paint/coating on the drum because it will burn off. I keep a lid on the barrel when not using it and I drill holes in the bottom so if any water gets in the barrel it will run right back out.

They are getting harder to find so I am on the lookout for one right now.

Russ
RussH is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 01:09 PM
  #2  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Somewhere NC
Posts: 8,031
Default

make a burn pile
cfarmd is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 01:18 PM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 15,138
Default

Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
make a burn pile
I can't, to much wind. There is a woods across the street and a farm field behind us. We have done a burn pile a few times mostly to burn leaves and a couple of times we caught the field on fire and once our wood fence caught on fire. We burn a lot of cardboard and the stuff blows everywhere if I don't put it in the burn barrel.
RussH is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 01:25 PM
  #4  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: United States
Posts: 8,910
Default

http://www.drpower.com/shop-by-categ.../burn-cage.axd
captbone is online now  
Old 12-26-2014, 01:28 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Near Wheeling W.V.
Posts: 928
Default

Russ, I live in W.V. and until very recently I burned trash and thought the same thing. I have since found out burning trash anywhere in W.V. is forbidden, and I took a quick look and found it's the same for the state of Ohio.

Open Burning in Unrestricted Areas PDF

I still do burn some trash from time to time but now I try to keep somewhat inconspicuous.
Bamby is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:04 PM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: CLeves Ohio
Posts: 1,404
Default

Yea where I live in Ohio your not allowed, and people would call the fire department on you. What I did was get one of those outdoor fire places for stuff that I need to burn. We also have free recycling so anything paper,cardboard,glass,plastic and metal goes to recycle. The part that sucks is now I only have one bag of trash a week now, average four a month, but I still have to pay $60 for trash pickup.
sinjun is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:18 PM
  #7  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Marblehead, Ohio
Posts: 9,697
Default

Buy a stainless steel drum
Boataholic is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:20 PM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Wandering the ocean
Posts: 754
Default

Find a pipe mill that will sell you scrap...but good luck there are only a few in country that make big pipe. One in pa and one texas.
Reelintime is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:23 PM
  #9  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 11,777
Default

All of you contributing to global warming should be ashamed

You use a drill for the air holes? I just use a 12ga. used to freak out the neighbors but they're used to it now
bigjimmie is online now  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:24 PM
  #10  
Admirals ClubCaptains Club Member Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: At the floaters . . .
Posts: 9,280
Default

.44 mag worked well for us one time . . .
rbhankins001 is online now  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:35 PM
  #11  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 15,138
Default

Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
Russ, I live in W.V. and until very recently I burned trash and thought the same thing. I have since found out burning trash anywhere in W.V. is forbidden, and I took a quick look and found it's the same for the state of Ohio.

Open Burning in Unrestricted Areas PDF

I still do burn some trash from time to time but now I try to keep somewhat inconspicuous.
Everyone in the neighborhood has a burn barrel and most everyone burns stuff regularly. Thanks for the update on the law, I just assumed that because we aren't within any city limits that there was no restriction on burning.

http://www.drpower.com/shop-by-categ.../burn-cage.axd - This thing is nice but no way am I paying $350 for something to burn in.
RussH is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:38 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Seefood Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 11,672
Default

Just stack some cinder blocks in a circle.
YFMF likes this.
Seefood Man is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:42 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 5,158
Default

Ours is made of expanded metal mesh - I think it's intended application was some sort of commercial outdoor trash bin . . maybe from a park? It has been in use since . . . well forever. (25 years?) Still going strong.
Design59 is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:43 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Elizabeth City NC
Posts: 9,478
Default

If you have a local drag strip find out what their web sight is and we almost give the things away after their empty. Most have a classified forum like we do on here. Sell them on the facebook local trading post and the dog hunters scarf them up as quick as we put them on them. Can't help you with what their made out of but their cheep .. Sell mine for $10 each empty but its a good idea to wash them out first.
liveaboard74 is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:45 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Albemarle Sound Management Area
Posts: 6,217
Default

Originally Posted by Bamby View Post
Russ, I live in W.V. and until very recently I burned trash and thought the same thing. I have since found out burning trash anywhere in W.V. is forbidden, and I took a quick look and found it's the same for the state of Ohio.

Open Burning in Unrestricted Areas PDF

I still do burn some trash from time to time but now I try to keep somewhat inconspicuous.


That PDF doesn't forbid trash burning.

(A) No person or property owner shall cause or allow open burning in an unrestricted area except as provided in paragraphs (B) to (D) of this rule or in section 3704.11 of the Revised Code.

(B) Open burning shall be allowed for the following purposes without notification to or permission from the Ohio EPA, except as required in paragraph (B)(3)(f) of this rule:

...

(3) Disposal of residential waste or agricultural waste generated on the premises if the following conditions are observed:
Crabpot Man is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 02:47 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Albemarle Sound Management Area
Posts: 6,217
Default

I cut the bottom out completely instead of holes.

I get a couple years out of them easily.
Crabpot Man is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 03:05 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Coast of America
Posts: 7,107
Default

You can also try using a large tractor tire rim.

osudaddy is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 03:15 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Houma, LA
Posts: 770
Default

Originally Posted by Reelintime View Post
Find a pipe mill that will sell you scrap...but good luck there are only a few in country that make big pipe. One in pa and one texas.
This. Or try to call around to local pipeline construction businesses and see if they a scrap piece of recently removed large diameter pipe. We have a piece of 36" at the hunting camp. It will out live us. Have holes cut in the bottom half to let air in/dig out ashes. And a piece if expanded metal on the inside welded about halfway up for the logs to sit on. When that like heats up it will burn forever.
antib551 is online now  
Old 12-26-2014, 03:53 PM
  #19  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: SEC Penna
Posts: 8,707
Default

Originally Posted by liveaboard74 View Post
If you have a local drag strip find out what their web sight is and we almost give the things away after their empty. Most have a classified forum like we do on here. Sell them on the facebook local trading post and the dog hunters scarf them up as quick as we put them on them. Can't help you with what their made out of but their cheep .. Sell mine for $10 each empty but its a good idea to wash them out first.
Good idea! We have a drag strip 2 miles away - never even thought to ask.

My barrels last a good 5 years or more. I pound holes all over it with a stock wedge and sledge, sides and bottom. For me the key is not not leave ash in the bottom that lies there wet all the time - I dump it out.
kone is offline  
Old 12-26-2014, 04:09 PM
  #20  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Middle Sound, NC
Posts: 7,373
Default

After a burn, and after it cools down, cover it up so rain can't get in. A square of plywood works, I have the end of a larger drum I set on it, that seconds as an oyster cooker. Also set barrel on a group of bricks so bottom is not in contact with ground, so it stays dry. Do this and it will last much longer.
Corndog38 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread