Originally Posted by emt1581
I've seen them last 20+ years.
I'm not sure how your burn barrel was kept but most I've seen usually have thoroughly rusted within a short time because the bare steel is exposed to the elements year round.
Just my .02 on the issue and mind you, I've never tried one myself.
Yes, I suspect the elements was the big problem combined with the frequent hot heat of the burning. They were galvanized barrels, the ones that were not used for burning ( stored wire in some) never rusted.