Back behind our house there were two metal barrels rusting into the ground. They have been there since we bought the place. I got the bright idea to see if I could get one unearthed and use it as a burn barrel. I didn’t have especially high hopes as it looked like they had been there a very long time.
It was ridiculously heavy, but I got it rolled out of it’s resting place. Then with gloves on I started pulling out what looked like tree debris. Then I started finding broken glass, bent needle syringes, broken toys, and finally a lot of really big river rocks. Sigh. Why couldn’t the previous owners of our place just stick to normal garbage?
Anyway, we managed not to stick ourselves on any needles and found that the bottom of the barrel was still intact. YEAH! I was super excited to have a burn barrel as we had a huge pile of old wooden shingles that we needed to dispose. I didn’t want to burn them on the ground as it would leave lots of nails behind. I felt bad about bringing them to the dump because of how much space it would take up, so a burn barrel seemed like a good option. It took me six days of burning for a few hours (I would have to stop when the coals got too high) and the entire pile is gone. We will dump out the barrel and bring the nail-charcoal mix to the dump. I am so happy to have that eyesore gone.