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Old 06/18/10, 12:04 PM
 
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Burn Barrel Question

How do you make one? More to the point, what tool to use to make the holes for ventilation?

I have an old beat up steel barrel to use but it needs the holes put in it. A neighbor said to use a gun. He didn't show up to do that, so.......

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Old 06/18/10, 12:09 PM
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I just used a hatchet to make a few holes low down on mine.

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I use my cutting torch.

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We've used hatchets and pick axes before, but the most fun way is to use them for target practice.....rifle or shotgun, your choice.

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Old 06/18/10, 12:26 PM
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after they have been out in the rain awhile they get holes all by themselves.:-)

i need a new one. anyone got any ideas for a source for metal barrels??

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Burn barrels are illegal in some states because they cause so much air pollution. It goes up in smoke and then rain collects the toxic chemicals like dioxin and brings it down.

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We burn paper, etc. All plastics are recycled.

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Old 06/18/10, 12:40 PM
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I use a oil tank cut in half. put a couple more holes with a chisel. i dont burn plastic either. ~Georgia.

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My son used his little electric grinder - well, "little" is a 4" grinding head. Just turned it edge-on and cut an X on two sides, then hit it with a hammer a couple times, and the metal folded in so it wouldn't catch on anything when we moved the barrel. Worked great and had plenty of draw.
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Old 06/18/10, 12:42 PM
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A neighbor said to use a gun. He didn't show up to do that, so.......
Use your gun. Pistol, shotgun or rifle. You do have one don't you?
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Burn barrels are illegal in some states because they cause so much air pollution. It goes up in smoke and then rain collects the toxic chemicals like dioxin and brings it down.
It is not illegal here and is quite common in rural areas. Just have to be smart about the wind and dry conditions to prevent fire from spreading. They post "no burn" days. Most cities have recycle centers for the items that can be recycled and "toxic waste" drop off sites to handle the nasty stuff. Burning paper and yard debris can lighten the load though.
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well a drill works but the gun is much more fun

to get it hotter an dcleaner burning you can enclose it more like a wood stove you could even get the barrel stove kit and make it a wood stove

i have seen some around here that just take a loop of small welded wire fencing and 2 t post they put it out at the edge of the yard and stuff the dry paper bags full of stuff in it then set on fire , a small peice of the fencing slides down over the t posts to keep flyers down,the grass around them burns back a bit and remains just dirt around them
as they are used every week or more , it works , not the worlds most efficiant burn but they get plenty of air and all you need to make them is a wire cutters heck the guy at the hardware store would cut the 1 inch hardware cloth for you

if it is nice clean paper like news print you should compost it , it would be paper not sutable for composting that i would burn.


and if you don't have a gun , thats a good tool to have around.

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Angle grinder, cutting torch, drill. Use a square of 1/2" hardware cloth over the top when burning to keep the bits of paper from flying around. You can bend it so it fits loosely over the top.

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an SKS makes nice sized holes

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burn b.

We shoot holes in them, easy, but you'd need to be out in the country.

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Old 06/18/10, 03:25 PM
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We burn paper, etc. All plastics are recycled.
Must be nice to live where they take ALL plastics. The cities around me only take certain types of plastic for recycling and then only if you have spent the time to wash them all nice and pristine.

How about just giving everybody the option to buy stuff bulk without need for all the plastic packaging? HMM....

And if anybody is going to burn plastic, get a very hot fire going, then add the plastic. Much less pollution/stink that way. Burning plastics by letting them smolder doesnt do anybody any good. Annoys your neighbors, annoys the authorities, and creates lot pollution. Also leaves globs of melted plastic.
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I hit it a couple times on the bottom with an axe, then 5 or 6 times on the sides,,we can only use one for a cooking fire so whenever I burn something I drag out a coupple old dried up hotdogs......

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Lay the barrel on its side on top of a couple concrete blocks. Put about three bricks in the bottom of the open end to keep the ashes from falling out. The barrel don't need any holes for air other than the open end. Put a couple posts beside it to keep it from blowing away during a storm. Everything you put in it will completely burn. If something happened to be to wet the day you put it in, it will dry out and burn the next time. The ashes don't require removal very often. A piece of welded wire hanging over the open end will keep critters from rummaging around in the ashes, and prevent burning paper from blowing out of the barrel.

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We never put holes in our burn barrels and never had any problems with getting stuff to burn.

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How about using the pointed end of a pick? You could make as many hole as want without waking up the neighbors. Be careful that the pick doesn't glance off the barrel and hit you. A large pointed bar might work too.

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i was just to the dump last week they don't want anything that was a non bottle or jug
no microwave dinner trays ,cottage cheese tubs , take out type containers , and they want everything washed up nice or in th trash it goes

i had an idea a few years ago , put every product in a brown box put a glued on paper label and then everthing can be composted , but i don't thing the marketing department is going for that.

for food products like cottage cheese seal them up in paper milk cartons so the user cuts the top of and pours the product into their reusable container

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Old 06/18/10, 04:43 PM
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Use a short section of hog panel bent into a circle and wired.

It has enough holes built in.

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To the poster who wanted to know where to get steel barrels. I'm in Texas and our local ice cream creamery plant gives away the unused cream in steel barrels to anyone who wants it for their hogs,etc. We got about 9 of them.

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Never put holes in mine and it burned fine. One day I used it as for target practice and it didn't burn any different with the holes.

What I did do, is cut a large hole in the bottom and set the barrel on cinder blocks. Easy to get the cold ashes out and the barrel doesn't rust out as quickly up on blocks.

I live in a windy area so the fencing suggested just doesn't work here. I do have a wire top for the barrel to keep stuff from blowing around.

I never burn plastic, and can only recycle certain numbers found on the bottom of plastic stuff. So it goes to the dump.

Think about what you are going to do with the ashes. I can't use them on my garden with the clay soil here.

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using the information from here, we use the barrel out of our old washing machine. Has lots of holes, wide base and we didn't have to buy it!!

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Old 06/18/10, 05:53 PM
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you will want to pound a few drainage holes in the bottom to allow rain to drain out..and you'll also want to look for some old refrig grates or other open type of grillwork to throw over the top to keep any loose papers or whatever to whoosh out with the wind.

i don't put any vent holes in the side..as someone said they'll get those on their own..but you should have drainage holes..we put ours up on 3 or 4 cement blocks also to keep them off of the ground..prevents rusting for a while and helps the ventilation and to keep the fire to not spread to the surrounding vegetation.

oh Kmac15..there is one of those in our field..good idea

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It is not illegal here and is quite common in rural areas. Just have to be smart about the wind and dry conditions to prevent fire from spreading. They post "no burn" days. Most cities have recycle centers for the items that can be recycled and "toxic waste" drop off sites to handle the nasty stuff. Burning paper and yard debris can lighten the load though.

In my county in NY burn barrels are illegal.

I can burn a ten foot high pile of brush but I can't light my burn barrel.

Outdoor furnaces have restricted burning times and the powers that be are trying to outlaw them completely
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using the information from here, we use the barrel out of our old washing machine. Has lots of holes, wide base and we didn't have to buy it!!
Yup, I have a drum out of an old dryer, works great. It's just on four pieces of stone, nothing fancy. I saw one a couple of weeks ago that a guy had screwed on four pieces of angle iron to make short legs. I wanted to use one out of my old washing machine but the motor was seized on. I think the dryer drum also has more holes in it.
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Use a Plasma Cutter? Go to your local art show and find a metal artist that owns a plasma cutter and have them cut some interesting shapes instead of plain old holes. Cut in some shooting stars and moons. If you were here I'd charge ya ten bucks but who knows maybe a case of beer would do it where you live. It only takes a few minutes if you do it free hand with a plasma cutter. Any welder would have a plasma cutter also.

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