Stop by local muffler shop, and pay them five bucks to do it with their
air-powered cold chisel?
The guy that mentioned the giant can opener was right- that is how people in
the business do it. Might call around to local rental places and see if they
have that tool in their library. Don't know what the proper name is, but if
you describe the situation, it should ring a bell for them. The rentall
place will have electric chisels.
Saw this method used in a third world salvage yard. Grab a
comfortable length of car suspension spring, probably 24 inches long.
Cut one end at 45 deg or thereabouts and sharpen that. Hold the other
end of the spring and use a hammer to hit the end with the sharp edge
to cut whatever part of the steel barrel you want. Those guys were
removing barrel lids and cutting windows on the barrel's sides like
there was no tomorrow.
On Thu, 3 Nov 2005 07:59:00 +0000 (UTC), Jonathan Grobe
Empty the barrel. Pour in 1/4 cup of gasoline.
dig deep hole. roll barrel around a while.
run long fuse from barrel to ditch. Hide in hole,
check for air-traffic, light fuse.
Hunt around the neighborhood
for the barrel. Hide from the BATF, who will
charge you with constructing an incendiary/explosive
For a better burning barrel, cut *both* ends out in a manner suggested by
others. Set the remaining cylinder on a grate (the heavier the better)
supported by concrete blocks or such. This will allow more air to get to
your fire providing more complete combustion and less ashes.
Sounds better. One of my neighbors made a "grate" by pushing several rebars
through holes near the bottom. A bottomless drum on a concrete block U
would get lots of airflow, and it would be easy to shovel ashes out.
Indeed it does burn better. Load it with trash, shove a few crumpled
sheets of newspaper under it and stand back. Will go like a blow
torch. Been doing it since 1978. Barrels don't last as long though.
It's amazing to me that at a time when we are all paying big bucks to
try to clean the air, there are still places that allow this kind of
burning to go on. How many cars do you think it takes to equal the
pollution put out by one trash burning drum?
This is a metal 55 gallon drum? Very often those have a lid that you
can remove. There will be a band around the top (similar to a hose
clamp) which you can loosen and then take off, allowing the lid to be
Otherwise, you can just cut it with a jigsaw. Drill a pilot hole and
start from there. The metal is fairly thin.
I use a small air hammer. There is a special chisel that has a notch in
it for cutting sheet metal. I just cut around the inside edge of the top.
Works fast and with a much smaller chance of any kind of ignition and
makes a nice clean edge if you stay close to the bead.
Filling it with water helps prevent fire, holds the barrel in place and
helps muffle the sound.
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