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55 Gallon Drum BBQ Smokers & Grills

55 Gallon BBQ Drum Smokers

55 Gallon Drum BBQ Smokers are simple and great smokers to use. Typically made from a 55 Gallon Steel Drum, these Smokers are truly a “set and forget” grill where your only concern is the occasional tending to the meat.

55 Gallon Drum SmokersWhat kind of drum should I use to make a BBQ Drum Smoker?

All of our NEW Unlined Drums can be adapted to use as a barbecue smoker, however, one must be cautious never to cut or weld a drum in which the plugs or cover are still secured. If air is trapped inside a drum, a build-up of pressure, when cutting or welding, can lead to an explosion. The unlined drums with a rust inhibitor can be easily burned out with a propane torch at the same time you are removing the original exterior paint.

  • Do Not Use Lined Drums – Lined drums contain toxic chemicals that can be released into your foods.
  • Reconditioned Drums – We also don’t recommend using Reconditioned Drums, mainly because you don’t know what type of chemicals were sitting in the drum, or for how long.

What type and size of drum should I use to make a BBQ Smoker?

55 Gallon Drum 26W55DFor BBQ Drum Smokers, we recommend using an Open Head 30 or 55 Gallon Drum (New & Unlined).

55 Gallon Drum BBQ Smoker – Part #26W55D
For a 55 gallon drum smoker, we recommend using our New Unlined 55 Gallon Open Head Steel Drum, with a Bolt & Nut Closure. If you want an actual lid from a charcoal grill, standard lids fit these 55 gallon drums perfectly.

30 Gallon Drum BBQ Smoker – Part #26W30G
For a smaller 30 gallon drum bbq smoker, we recommend using our New Unlined 30 Gallon Open Head Steel Drum, with a Bolt & Nut Closure.


55 Gallon Drum BBQ Grills

Similar to BBQ Drum Smokers, BBQ Barrel Grills are perfect for grilling. Typically made from a 55 Gallon Tight-Head Steel Drums, cut in half, these grills make the perfect large Charcoal BBQ Grill.

55 Gallon Drum GrillsWhat kind of drum should I use to make a BBQ Drum Grill?

Similar to our Smokers above, all of our NEW Unlined Drums can be adapted to use as a BBQ grill, however, one must be cautious never to cut or weld a drum in which the plugs or cover are still secured. If air is trapped inside a drum, a build-up of pressure, when cutting or welding, can lead to an explosion. The unlined drums with a rust inhibitor can be easily burned out with a propane torch at the same time you are removing the original exterior paint.

  • Do Not Use Lined Drums – Lined drums contain toxic chemicals that can be released into your foods.
  • Reconditioned Drums – We also don’t recommend using Reconditioned Drums, mainly because you don’t know what type of chemicals were sitting in the drum, or for how long.

What type and size of drum should I use to make a BBQ Grill?

55 Gallon Drum Tight Head 26W55TFor BBQ Drum Grill, we recommend using a Tight-Head (Closed Head) 30 or 55 Gallon Drum (New & Unlined).

55 Gallon Drum BBQ Grill – Part #26W55T
For a 55 gallon drum bbq grill, we recommend using our New Unlined 55 Gallon Tight-Head (Closed Head) Steel Drum.

30 Gallon Drum BBQ Grill – Part #26W30T
For a smaller 30 gallon drum bbq grill, we recommend using our New Unlined 30 Gallon Tight-Head (Closed Head) Steel Drum.

Disclaimer: This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer’s responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility.