Well my plans to do more woodworking have not been going my way. My work schedule just has not left much time or energy for this but I really really want to so I make the time whenever I can. Anyway.....I bought the 2 HP HF dust collector but still have not run any piping to it yet. I cut and sanded a few things in the shop a few weeks ago and the dust is VERY bad in such a small shop so I really want to get it up and working. I also did a lot of reading about dust collection and several of you have offered good advise to me as well. One thing that I read about was adding a "chip" collector to the system. The main reason I want to do this is so I dont have to empty my DC bags. I would like for most of it to go to another container that will be easier to empty. I found this "cardboard" barrel at work and wondered about using it. The inside of the barrel is coated in a wax type coating. Has anyone used a barrel like this or should I just get a trash can and a lid from Rockler?