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Oak Barrels vs Alternatives

July 14th, 2015 by Dean Ricker

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Stainless Steel, Wine

On June 23rd, the French American Chamber of Commerce hosted a seminar at the Napa Valley Country Club entitled Barrels vs. Alternatives, about the advantages of the time-tested, traditional barrel compared to the new uses of oak barrel alternatives such as stainless steel. A panel discussion held by oak suppliers was followed by a winemaker panel. The debate wound through various topics but always seemed to come back to the question: Can alternatives replace barrels? At the top end of the wine market there is need for wine to be aged in French oak barrels. At this end, the opinion is that it has to be a high-quality French oak barrel. At the other end, where wines are made quickly to be priced low and consumed young, barrel alternatives are an ideal way to add oak flavors. What’s not clear is how oak will be used in producing wines for the middle of the market and it’s going to be an interesting evolution. The right alternatives could make a wine of very high quality when paired with a fine wine and given time to age. If you don’t give it the same potential, you obviously will have different results. A barrel is an excellent vessel for aging and improving wine, it but can require significant resources. At a certain point wineries need to examine alternatives to reduce their barrel loads. Barrel alternatives also allow a winery to be flexible, or reactive, to trends in the retail and bulk market either by fine-tuning a wine to fit a brand or getting a wine ready for bottling sooner. One winemaker stated the he first started using barrel alternatives to deal with grapes that exhibited strong vegetal flavors such as spinach and broccoli. He said the various powders and chips were like “magic bullets” for dealing with the issue. Today, the barrel alternatives market has grown so diverse, and there’s so many ways to tinker with a wine during fermentation. Stainless steel wine barrels of course round out the use of alternative to oak, offering not only a blank slate for “un-oaked” wines, but also acting as a vessel for use with oak alternatives. Check out the barrel alternatives from Skolnik.

The Popular Kid: A 55 Gallon Steel Drum

June 25th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

When I tell people about Skolnik and that we produce steel drums, their minds probably drift off to a Caribbean island. However, once I clarify that these steel drums are industrial grade, UN certified containers and not the kind for island rhythm, they probably immediately think of the 55 gallon drum. That’s because the 55 gallon stainless steel drum is the popular kid.

Stainless steel drums come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, but the 55 gallon construction is the most ubiquitous. The 55 gallon stainless steel drum is a reliable, secure and durable choice for many different contents and needs. It’s a quality product that Skolnik Industries is proud to offer.

With a range of different steel grades, closures and liners, the Skolnik team can customize your 55 gallon stainless steel drum to fit your specific needs. We’ll ensure your drum is stronger and thicker than the industry standards so you can feel confident that whether you’re storing or shipping, your contents are safe and secure.

These drums are a tough and safe choice for many industries and uses and their ‘cousin’ product, the 55 gallon carbon steel drum is a downright workhorse. It’s no wonder drums of this size are the gestalt image when someone mentions steel drums.

While there are seemingly countless configurations, styles and sizes of steel containers, the 55 gallon stainless steel drum has earned its place at the popular table. However, at Skolnik Industries, we know that the popular choice isn’t always the right choice so our team will work with you to ensure you are using the right container for your contents and needs. Understanding your unique storage and transport needs will help us direct you towards the proper drum for your situation, and proper beats ‘popular’ every time.

The Innovative, Flexible 15 Gallon Barrel

June 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

The first question one asks themselves when packaging anything is: what will it fit in? It’s the first piece of every puzzle: moving, packing the car, choosing the right purse. Life is constantly throwing us new games of Tetris to play. And packaging your facilities materials is no different.

Skolnik manufactures over 400 sizes of industrial packaging for critical contents. From replacement parts and steel sheets to drums ranging from 5 to 110 gallons. Perhaps the most innovative size is the 15 gallon drum. Skolnik only manufactures 15 gallon steel drums upon request, and we do so happily. The 15 gallon drum provides an extra level of flexibility in all shipping, containment and storage situations.

Consider Miss Goldilocks. Goldilocks has some materials she needs to package and ship, but the 10 gallon drum is too small and the 20 gallon is too big. Skolnik’s 15 gallon drum is just right.

If you think the 15 gallon intermediate option is just right for you, call Skolnik and our team of engineers can reconfigure our 15 gallon steel drum to meet your specific requirements and unique needs.

Deciphering the Code: 1A2 Drums

May 4th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Stainless Steel

The title of this post isn’t meant to be a super-secret code; it’s meant to denote a UN certified drum of a specific material. Most simply put, a 1A2 drum is a UN certified open head steel drum. The coding helps anyone coming into contact with the drum to understand key characteristics of the container and it’s intended, safe uses, and proper shipping and storage procedures.

So what goes into these codes? Well, the ‘1’ indicates that this container is a drum. Of course, if you saw the drum, you’d recognize that it is a drum, but on paper, such as shipping and storage manifestos, the container classification is pertinent to proper operations and organization. The ‘A’ informs the reader that this container is made of steel. The material of a container speaks volumes to how it should be used, filled and any safety requirements. Finally, the ‘2’ tells the reader that this steel drum has an open head, meaning the lid of the drum is detachable and can be removed.

With this knowledge, anyone can decipher the UN coding: this container is an open head steel drum. And should be used as such.

Open head? That means this drum has a removable lid secured to the drum with a bolt ring or a lever lock to prevent the container from opening in transit.

Steel? Fantastic. Steel drums are often used for the containment of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and food for storage or transport. Stainless steel is a compatible material for the containment of a wide variety of different products and items, but we still recommend discussing your needs with a Skolnik representative before choosing a specific type of drum.

Now that you can read the code, call Skolnik to learn more about our products and what type of container is the best fit for your needs.