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Advice Please: Burn Barrel etc.

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  1. Chango2

    Chango2 Active Member

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    This city couple, wife and I, just purchased a vacation home in a mountain area that allows open burning on one's land during certain times of the year and under certain conditions. We just bought a burning permit and spoke with the local fire department. I think this is neat; will help us clean up debris on the land that is really just about 1/4 acre. Question: What will make a low cost and effective way to contain a fire? A burn barrel?

    If a burn barrel, what kind or how to jury-rig one? I thought of an old 55 gallon drum or a metal washing machine agitator...but both of those are a bit, ahh..ugly, "impoverished" looking for want of any other term.

    Any suggestions greatly appreciated: Effectiveness, safety, cost, are the major considerations.

    Area is in El Dorado County, California.


    Thanks from this "City Boy",

    David Buchman
    Los Angeles
     
  2. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Get a 4 foot diameter concrete sewer pipe, around 3 foot section with a hole in the side for connecting smaller pipe. Stand on end, fashion a top of steel with a smoke pipe, and load it from the hole in the side. You can get cute with grates, just a piect of driveway mesh works.

    When you are done you can paint it and put hippie flowers on it. it won't get hot enough to hurt the paint.

    Much nicer than a burn barrel.

    HM
     
  3. blkcloud

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    I sell my old 55 gal drums to people all the time for a burn barrel.. most take a 22 shoot a few dozen holes in it for air intake and they are good to go...
     
  4. Chango2

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    Got the barrels in stainless? Just kidding...back in the day, yes I'm that old, we had incenerators in the backyard here in....Los Angeles, early 50's.

    David
     
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    I like the idea of the culver pipe, but I have found that eventually you are going to have to clean it out as it will fill with residue. Barrels are worse as they rot out and then you have to remove the barrel too. Buy a tractor with a bucket, that way you can pick up the burn pit, move it, scoop up the residue, put it in plastic bags and take it to the landfill. Maybe the comment about the tractor should have been at the top of the post, and then you could eliminate the burn pit, the tractor and the residue. Box or bind you paper and call the local Boy Scouts, take everything else to the landfill.
     
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    We had one at the range for cardboard and we set it on 3 concrete blocks . Drilled 6 - 2 in. holes in the bottom for drainage and 8 on the bottom sides about 6 inches up for air inlet . Get a heavy screen for the top to stop large pieces from leaving the barrel and stopping another fire in CA . .
     
  7. docjonsn

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    Chango2 I am only about 30 min. away if you wan some help setting up a burn barrel send me a PM with contact info and I will come up and help

    Pete

    P.S. I am a contractor so any tool needed I probably have.
     
  8. g7777777

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    The problem with a burn barrel or any container is that you cant fit much in them

    Plus you have to wrestle them around to eventually remove the residue- and they are somewhat unsightly

    why not just a hole or a depression in the ground?

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  9. oldgahchamp

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    I'm assuming you are not going to try to clean up your 1/4 acre site on 1 or 2 weekends, so the 55 gallon barrel is perfect. It also weighs about 1000 lbs less than a 4 ft concrete culvert pipe and is a lot cheaper than a tractor and loader. A stainless barrel will probably cost you $50 at a scrap yard but a regular steel barrel usually goes from $3-$5 in my area. You can cut both ends out of the barrel, shovel some dirt around the bottom and when it has a foot or so of ashes, after making sure there is no fire/hot coals left, just move it to the next place you want to clear, rake the ashes and they will blow away. As someone mentioned earlier, use a screen or something on the top to keep everything in the barrel and if the wind is blowing, WAIT until another day. Larry Evans
     
  10. Remstar311

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    A garden hose.


    Throw it all in a pile and burn it. Have a hose handy. No big deal.
     
  11. shannon391

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    Our club has an old fuel oil tank up on legs with openings in each end. Also has a stove pipe vented through the top. Works great for burning target boxes ect...

    Been going strong for many years.
     
  12. deercreek

    deercreek Well-Known Member

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    My Grandpa uses a barrel with both ends open, the bottom is set onto 4 bricks for a little rise. This gives great air flow from the bottom. He only burns paper, wood, sticks or anything that will completely burn up and not just melt. This has been going on for about 4 years now with the SAME barrel and the bottom is still EMPTY.....never had to empty anything!! The key is only what is completely burnable and the bottom open. I would say he uses the barrel an average of two to three times per week.
     
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    I was hoping this was a question about whether the poster could burn his reloading residue in a burn barrel. I was ready with the answer.
     
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