Cheap drums in SE London

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Cheap drums in SE London

Postby poiuuiop » 05 Aug 2012, 12:18

Hi, I just built my first UDS and thought I'd share a great source for steel drums for those of you who live anywhere near Peckham.

I found the holy trinity of open top, food grade, and unlined drums, and a snip at £10!

Dealt with really nice guy called Bobby - 07557 671107. He keeps them in his pallet yard at 39 Consort Rd, Peckham.

They used to contain a food safe lubricant used in factories for food jars etc. There was a bit left but it wiped out really easily.

Not sure if this is the right thread to share finds, let me know if it's better off somewhere else and I'll re-post.

I'll stick up a pic of my drum once I've painted it up, although I don't expect it to be anything other than ugly :)
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby aris » 05 Aug 2012, 12:55

Sounds good - but a bit far for me to drive. I was going to get one of these:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 1122677172

26 pounds - but delivered to my door, and with a lid and a latch to keep the lid on.

Does anyone know of a place north of London I could get one of these?
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby poiuuiop » 05 Aug 2012, 13:08

Sorry, don't know anywhere in north London. This was another place I was considering before I found my man. A bit way out east for you maybe.

Bobby's drums also come with the same lid clasp as on your photo.
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby keith157 » 05 Aug 2012, 13:24

Even if you aren't going to make a UDS they'd make a good charcoal bin ;)
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby aris » 05 Aug 2012, 14:02

keith157 wrote:Even if you aren't going to make a UDS they'd make a good charcoal bin ;)


Quite true - if I do get to the point where I bulk buy charcoal, this eBay drum with lid and seal should be air-tight and keep the charcoal nice and dry.
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby keith157 » 05 Aug 2012, 16:00

I've worked it out that it's just cheaper than the plastic boxes I'm using to store my charcoal, not a lot in it though so I would probably have gone for a drum (had my brain been working) then the plakky boxes. So saying the boxes do allow you to seperate types easier.
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby poiuuiop » 05 Aug 2012, 17:33

Cheaper still, if you have the wood, the space and the inclination you can make your own charcoal in an oil drum:

http://www.allotmentforestry.com/fact/Charcoal.htm
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby keith157 » 05 Aug 2012, 18:08

And if you have the space, access to free wood and the local by-laws don't prevent you doing it :D
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby poiuuiop » 05 Aug 2012, 20:20

Oh I wasn't aware of those. Not that I was planning trying anything in London - I'd be as worried about the neighbours as the bylaws :)
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Re: Cheap drums in SE London

Postby keith157 » 06 Aug 2012, 05:16

:D :D :D Keeping neighbours onside is half the battle of urban(e) living :)
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