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What projects can you use used 55 gal. steel drums for?

What can you do with a used 55 gal. steel drum besides crushing it and sending it to the recyclers?

fuckyou4 years ago
The barrel can't have held anything toxic or hazardous in it especially if it's to be used for cooking or heating. The crevices around the top and bottom ends will out gas chemicals for years after it's empty. They can be used for stoves, smokers or bbqs; there's kits online that have door and flue hardware. It's pretty easy to cut one in half length wise and make a bbq. Open head drums make good 'vaults' for storing things such as food or equipment caches A food grade barrel liner will help keep the barrel from touching what ever you store in it which will help keep the barrel in good shape. If it's equipment, throw in some drying agent before you close the barrel up. Use a food grade barrel liner and fill the space between the barrel and the liner with rigid foam to make a big insulated barrel tor keep beer on ice. Inflating the liner with a shop vac will help keep it's shape as the foam sets up. Rigid foam may out gas formaldehyde so it shouldn't be use for open food or drink. An open head drum works as a huge rock tumbler if you put it on rollers and add a 1 hp motor to turn it. Just remember, it's going to make a lot of noise running with all those rocks banging around. And all those rocks and polishing compound weigh at least 1/2 a ton so keep your hands and feet clear as it turns.
plumber_bob5 years ago
You can make an excellent barbecue out of a 55 gal drum.
orksecurity5 years ago
Before you use it for anything, think about what it used to contain and how safe it will be for its new application...
Focker5 years ago
If they have tops and you have a welder, make a pontoon. If they don't have tops then try making a metal version of the 55 gal chair. You can bury them and use them as planters, or take one and make a robot body! . . . man. . . I wish I had some 55 gal. steel drums. . . .
Focker Focker5 years ago
Oh, and you could make an aluminum forge/foundry. So many things you can do! If you had enough you could fill them with sand/dirt/mud/clay and use them as a foundation for a house/shed!
Emsaid5 years ago
fill them with different amounts of water and use them for drums