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.
replying to B, Connie Meier wrote:
Mn for one, you have a burn permit and don't burn if there is a ban due to dry
weather. Maybe because we don't have as much car and industrial pollution as the
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.
replying to Steve, Connie Meier wrote:
Give me a break on the limited and fixed income bullsh*t. Everybody who works on
salary or doesn't have the opportunity to work overtime is on a fixed income.
Plus retired people often have their mtg paid off and no kids to support, so
it's a bullsh*tvexcuse.
replying to Connie Meier, Bobby wrote:
Hey Connie babe. Read what he said. Nothing was mentioned about "fixed income"
but limited income. He may be getting by on a meager social security check
since this was posted 14 years ago. Who o you think you are to challenge a
On Fri 22 Sep 2017 03:44:03p, Connie Meier told us...
You sure as hell don't know everyone's circumstances. We are both
retired and living on fixed incomes. My SO's Social Security amount is
rather low, although he also receives a small pension. My Social
Security is higher, but I don't have a pension, and neither of us could
have afforded to contribute to our respective 401Ks. We rent, and
therefore do have a significant outgo of our joint monthly income.
Cost of living continually goes up while Social Security barely goes up
at all, if any. We manage to get by, but there's rarely enough for
When you're living under those circumstances maybe you won't consider
~~ If there's a nit to pick, some nitwit will pick it. ~~
Not a typo , he refers to his "SO" as "he" in a couple of other
groups I read . As far as fixed income , the wife works p/t at Walmart
and I draw SS . We ain't rich , but we're not broke either . Actually we
live a better lifestyle than our income would indicate - because we
aren't in debt like many/most . Only debt is one mortgage on a house in
Memphis . And the (under construction) house we live in up here in The
Ozarks is all paid for as we build , no mortgage here . It helps that we
don't have to have all the latest-greatest-best-flashiest things , we
drive older cars - the newest vehicle we own is the wife's 2009 Harley ...
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