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Kevin Sanders


Joined: Aug 18, 2012
Posts: 78
Location: Zone 6 Midwest
What is the most efficient way to get the paint off the steel drum for the RMH. Paint thinner does not work, and neither does burning it off. I also tried using a grinder and steel brush, this seems to work the best but it is very time consuming. Any suggestions/thoughts?

Thanks!


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allen lumley
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Joined: Mar 16, 2012
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Location: Northern New York Zone4-5 the OUTER 'RONDACs percip 36''
    
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N. Harris ; You are supposed to turn your barrel into a pocket rocket 1st to burn off the paint. Find the set of pictures that go with the "rocket stove burn barrel'' !

You need to get And read Ianto Evans' book 'Rocket Mass Heaters ! PYRO - Magic - ly yours Allen L.


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Kevin Sanders


Joined: Aug 18, 2012
Posts: 78
Location: Zone 6 Midwest
I actually read their article on Pocket Rockets....They say clearly at the bottom that the paint must be burnt off in a bonfire? I have also built a rocket heater outside to try and burn the paint off with the fire but this was of no help at all. Does the Pocket Rocket really work with getting the paint off the entire drum inside and out? I just dont want to wast my time and energy on something that might not work. Maybe the grinder and wire brush is the only way to really get all the paint off. Thanks for your help!
Peter Berg


Joined: May 27, 2012
Posts: 130
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
    
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Ernie's using this method:
Works like a charm, even without the impregnated newspaper.


regards, Peter
Chase Church


Joined: Dec 14, 2012
Posts: 1
Wouldn't sand blasting be good paint removal method?
Chris Burge


Joined: Oct 21, 2012
Posts: 88
Location: Spokane, Washington
    
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Chase Church wrote:Wouldn't sand blasting be good paint removal method?


These days, 'media blasting' is a more appropriate term since sand is being passed over in favor of plastic blasting media which removes paint without damaging the metal... but a paint and body shop is going to charge you 30-40 bucks just to blast off a barrel, while Ernie's method is essentially free and looks to be a lot more fun

Although, I am curious.... don't the red hot temps occur only at the bottom of the barrel? How does one burn the paint off the upper part of the barrel?


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allen lumley
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Joined: Mar 16, 2012
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Location: Northern New York Zone4-5 the OUTER 'RONDACs percip 36''
    
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- thats what the 'clay machee' is for !!! PYRO Allen L.
Kevin Sanders


Joined: Aug 18, 2012
Posts: 78
Location: Zone 6 Midwest
Why couldnt we take this idea in the video above, then instead of burning stuff in the barrel, place the barrel on a Rocket Mass Heater? Wouldn't this use less fuel to burn the paint and also heat the inside of the barrel up more efficient?
Satamax Antone
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Joined: Sep 24, 2011
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Location: Southern alps, on the French side of the french /italian border 5000ft high Southern alpine climate.
    
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One friend gave me a trick which works on some paints. Mix some household ammonia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_hydroxide) with flour, to make a liquid slime, and brush that on whatever you want to strip.


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Sean Kibler


Joined: Feb 15, 2012
Posts: 11
Location: Ohio
I'm stuck on getting the paint off of a barrel to build a pocket rocket. Ideally I'd have it "media blasted" but I can't find a nearby pro that will do it for much under $100. Will I be able to get all the outside paint off (the inside is already paint free) with a few good burns in a completed pocket rocket? I'd prefer to not do the clay paper if I don't have to, it looks fun for the spring/summer but not in December
Satamax Antone
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http://donkey32.proboards.com/thread/989/burning-paint-off-minutes-tops
thomas rubino


Joined: Apr 14, 2013
Posts: 202
Location: latitude 47 N.W. montana
    
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Temporarily use it as a burn barrel ! no lid, just open ended, lite fire, fill with scrap wood.Burn hot ! Any paint that does not come off can be removed with a hand torch. Takes a few hours, works every time.
 
 
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