I'm preparing for my RMH build in a couple weeks. The barrels I found previously contained petroleum jelly. They haven't been all that well cleaned out yet. Can I go ahead and burn them to remove the paint? Should I scrub them as clean as I can first? Or are there any other precautions I should take?
Hi Jean Paul;
No need to clean it further , just burn it.
This is how I do it.
I live in a rural area so it is OK to use a burn barrel. To prep a barrel for RMH use , I simply burn a bunch scrap wood with the barrel standing on end. This will remove 85% of the paint. The very bottom of the barrel usually does not get hot enough to remove all the paint. I let it sit overnight. Then lay the barrel on its side and start a new fire … much smaller. This puts the heat at the bottom of the barrel. As the paint burns off I roll the barrel small amounts until the last of the paint is burned off.
Done, Good to go.