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From 5 Gallons, to 30 Gallons to 110 Gallons — The Many Sizes and Uses of Skolnik Steel Drums

February 2nd, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Plants, factories and facilities in many industries use steel drums in their processes. There are numerous uses for steel drums in manufacturing plants and industries — some use steel drums for bulk storage, some for transport, some for waste collection, and more. Part of our job at Skolnik is to ensure that our customers are ordering the right size, material and gauge drum for their particular use. Which brings us to our next point — Skolnik manufactures drums that vary in size/volume from 5 gallons to 110 gallons.

How do you know what size is appropriate or efficient for your use? Well, there are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right drum for your unique situation, but here are a few common industries and uses for each of Skolnik’s drum sizes.

5 Gallon — The smallest barrel in the Skolnik product line, our 5 gallon drum comes in carbon steel and stainless steel. The 5 gallon stainless steel drum is most commonly used and recommended for wine making.

8 Gallon — Skolnik makes 8 gallon drums in carbon steel and stainless steel and offers salvage drums in this size. This compact drum is used in a variety of applications — from packaging cosmetics and oils, to storing hazardous materials and military munitions. Small, mighty and UN certified, the 8 gallon drum is a versatile choice for customers who require more mobility from their drums.

10 Gallon — Commercial clients have found numerous uses for the Skolnik 10 gallon drum — available in carbon steel, stainless steel, nitric, salvage drum and overpack options. Wine, dangerous goods, spill containment — the 10 gallon drum has seen it all. These drums are easy to ship or use for storage in facilities that need to be able to easily move storage drums.

15 Gallon —  Manufactured upon request, the 15 gallon drum gives our clients extra flexibility in shipping, containment and storage situations. Our engineers customize 15 gallon steel drums to meet your requirements.

20 Gallon — A convenient size for liquids and solids and less cumbersome for shipping, the Skolnik 20 gallon drum is available in carbon steel, stainless steel, seamless, process, salvage and overpack configurations. Our most popular 20 gallon drum is a salvage drum used for spill control.

30 Gallon — The 30 gallon drum is a dynamic and excellent choice for a wide range of industrial and commercial purposes. Many Skolnik clients use our 30 gallon option to package wine, syrup, pharmaceuticals and more. Small and mobile, but large enough for many shipping and packaging situations, the 30 gallon drum is Skolnik’s ‘goldilocks’ drum. A 30 gallon steel drum, whether made from carbon or stainless steel, is just right for shipping smaller product quantities, shipping more drums to multiple locations or just storing large but manageable quantities of product. Overpack, salvage, type A, seamless, process and wine drum configurations available.

40 Gallon — Manufactured upon request, Skolnik 40 gallon drums are made to your exact specifications — whether your business has commercial products or dangerous goods in need of safe packaging and shipment.

55 Gallon  — The most popular size drum, the 55 US gallon steel drum (or 45 Imperial gallon steel drum) is your best pal for most every packaging, storage and shipping situation. Dangerous goods, combustibles, munitions, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, whatever you need, our engineers can provide you with a Skolnik 55 gallon drum that is ready to serve.

85 Gallon — A bit large, 85 gallon steel drums are more useful for storage use cases than transportation. Our 85 gallon salvage drum recognized as the world product leader for disposing of hazardous materials or containing damaged or non-compliant packages.

110 Gallon — The 110 gallon steel drum is the largest standard drum manufactured by Skolnik. These drums meet all applicable UN and DOT certifications for the transportation of hazardous goods and are most commonly used in overpack and salvage drum uses.


As you can see, there are a vast range of Skolnik steel drums for a vast range of commercial and industrial uses. We don’t play favorites, but the most popular and versatile drums are likely the 30 gallon, 55 gallon and 85 gallon sizes. Contact Skolnik today to discuss your needs and request a quote. We look forward to outfitting you with the strongest, safest and most secure drum for your unique situation.

Bill of Lading Claims Toughen Up

November 22nd, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

For years, claims for in-transit damage were easily filed based on the expectation that a Bill of Lading satisfied a carrier’s need to determine damage. Providing a B/L was all that was needed to demonstrate that goods were shipped as packaged, but then arrived damaged. However, as of August 13, 2016, the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) has introduced a new law in which shippers will now have to prove that the carrier was negligent. Proof will require more than a signed Bill of Lading and might include photographs, employee statements and tracking data. The shipper groups including the Transportation and Logistics Council, are disputing this change and claim changes to NMFTA’s uniform bill of lading would affect millions of shipments and place an unfair onus on smaller businesses that ship goods without motor carrier agreements, relying on the bill of lading as the contract. The shipper has the burden of proof to show a shipment was tendered in good condition, delivered in damaged condition, and then the burden shifts to the carrier, to prove it was not negligent. If the trucking company does prove it wasn’t negligent, citing exculpatory force majeure causes such as impassable highways or by offering evidence the shipper was responsible for the damage, then “the shipper then has the burden of proving the carrier was wrong,”
The dispute contains echoes of shipper-carrier regulatory battles of past decades, before the Surface Transportation Board terminated antitrust immunity for motor carrier rate bureaus in 2007 and the Interstate Commerce Commission was closed in 1996. The current dispute, however, may not find a ready arbitrator in Washington. Read the full story here.

How Airlines Are Enforcing the Ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7

November 15th, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Safety, Skolnik Newsletter

Last month, the DOT banned all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from airplanes. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), announced an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States.
If you are in possession of a Galaxy Note 7, and are planning to travel by air as a passenger, this is what you need to know:

  1. If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.
  2. Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  3. Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at http://www.samsung.com/us/note7recall. Samsung is also answering customers’ questions at 1-844-365-6197.
  4. If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.  
  5. If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

Having recently flown, I have personally seen this ban enforced! View the full story here.

DOT Wants to hear you at #TranspoStory

October 18th, 2016 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The DOT has launched a new transportation blog. As our wide-ranging conversation demonstrates, transportation is more than roads, planes, and trains. It’s about where you’re going and where you’ve been. It connects us to the places we want to go, loved ones we want to see, opportunities we want to reach, and so much more. Recently, jazz legend Wynton Marsalis talked about transportation’s effect on our daily lives. As our wide-ranging conversation demonstrates, transportation is more than roads, planes, and trains. It’s about where you’re going and where you’ve been. It connects us to the places we want to go, loved ones we want to see, opportunities we want to reach, and so much more. Watch the interview with Wynton Marsalis here.

DOT wants to hear from Americans, and non-Americans, from all walks of life. They are interested to know:

  1. How has transportation helped you get where you are today?
  2. What trips have defined who you are?
  3. How do you get from Point A to B every day?
  4. What obstacles make it hard to reach your destination?
  5. What is your #TranspoStory?

Check out the Share Your Story site or connect with DOT on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. They are gathering our stories and sharing them on this website and across our social media platforms — as we’ve already done with our Skolnik Facebook page!

DOT may not be able to include all the stories they receive, but they are excited to hear them all! Thanks for sharing your #TranspoStory!