After mentioning the need to replace our 3 to 5 year old steel
trash burning barrel, someone just gave me one. Free!
However; it is heavy gauge and galvanized!
My question is whether this barrel, when it gets good and hot,
melting/burning the zinc galvanizing and so possibly giving off
In order to use any barrel for trash burning (Only when fires are
permitted; not during dry/fire hazard conditions) one end is
removed using a cold chisel and or electric chop saw.
Any comments or advice much appreciated. Terry.
Any zinc fumes that come off the galvinzed surface will be in the smoke of
the fire.. I suppose that if you inhaled enough of that smoke it could do
I was a welder for many years and encountered zinc fro galvinized metal.. It
ain't pleasant and can be harmful if you get enough..
BTW.. The first few times you have a hot fire going will get rid of the
galvinizing and then you won't have to worry any more..
Thanks Steve; wasn't trying to be an eco-freak. Just what I hoped
was a practical question.
Re welding as you mention; galvanized metal is used all over and
has to produced by industrial processes which probably produces
more pollution, per unit of zinc used than me burning a bit of
garbage and standing well clear of the barrel (cos of some smoke)
anyway! Regards. Terry.
And where is it that it's lawful to burn trash?
In NC, it's OK to burn vegetation that grew on the same site, but not in
city limits, and it's OK to burn logs in a fireplace, or clean material in a
barrel if it's for warmth such as at a construction site on a cold day, but
it's never OK to burn trash. Trash gives off a tremendous amount of toxic
I have a burn barrel in rural Oregon. I don't believe its legal any more
however I am still using it often. One of these days I am going to install
a trash burner in one of my buildings. Inside burning is still legal.
We built an incinerator. Five pieces of 1/4 BBQ sheet steel, 4x4 each,
drilled 3 holes per side and bolted it all together using heavy duty corner
braces. Cost us about 400 bucks but it is legal and supposedly will last the
rest of our lives.
My advice is to stop using a burn barrel. Those things are about the
biggest poluters in the world. They burn at such a low temperature
that they release a lot of harmful particulates in to the air. This is
the 21 St. century and there are 6 billion people now. You can't just
burn your trash in your backyard like some hick from 50 years ago. I
think they should be outlawed.
One of the most common reasons for burning trash (or for tossing it into the
ditch on the back roads) is the outragious fees they charge to pick it up..
Or for disposal at the county collection stations.
The rural garbage pickup in my area (western WA) is $4-5 a week for a single
20 gal can. That may not seem like much to most working people, but for a
retired person on a limited income that's a lot for a single half full
kitchen size garbage bag..
I have tried cancelling the pick up and hauling it a 1/4 mile to the
'transfer station' but the fee is vary arbitrary and generally ends up being
a about $3-4 for a 20 gal garbage can.
My solution?? Well I don't drive down the back roads and dump my garbage
like many do. I made a special arrangement with the rural garbage pick up
contractor to only pickup at my place once a month.. Same fee as for weekly,
$4.50/mo. I have to really struggle to cram 4 kitchen bags into a 20 gal
Wait for garbage cans to go on sale at Ace and buy a few more. I have
7 cans for 5 people. One each for aluminum, plastic, glass, and
newspaper, and 3 for garbage. I also have an area for cardboard. Maybe
once every 6 weeks I make a run to the transfer station. I sell the
recyclables and pay to dump the trash. It costs me a few bucks when
all is said and done. Soon I'm putting in a compost bin and I can
probably go for two months with out a dump run.
They're beneficial if used properly.
Limit your burning to junk mail, cardboard, paper, scrap wood. (ie no
By using a burning barrel, you reduce the waist going to landfills and
the ash can be beneficial to gardens. You also save gas by not having
to go to the dump as often.
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burning anything that has been galvanized is asking for trouble. although it
may not get hot enough to burn the galvanized metal, it will give off a
toxic smell that can make you extremely sick to your stomach. I cut
galvanized metal such as guiderail along the road and it will make you throw
up if you breath it in without a respirator. drinking milk helps relieve the
symptoms but believe me it not pleasant.
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