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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.

Small, Mighty & Handy: The 30 Gallon Stainless Steel Drum

February 4th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

The 30 gallon drum is a perfect size for a lot of things, but the obvious is just that: it’s size. Not everything or everyone requires a 55 gallon drum. When you have a smaller quantity of materials or a tighter storage space, the 30 gallon drum is the perfect fit.

Only 30 inches tall, the 30 gallon drum is stackable and able to squeeze into small spaces safely and securely. It’s compact nature makes it especially appealing to air travel because the drum can be safely secured in a separate cabin. It’s also an ideal size container to use for next-day shipping because it’s small size is easier to handle in transit, can fit in most trucks, planes and transit vans. Not to mention it is the more economical choice for the shipper.

Small and mighty, our 30 gallon drums are composed of the same stainless steel as our larger sized drums and can be manufactured at whatever gauge your materials and use requires.

Packing & Stacking: The 30 Gallon Drum

August 20th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The 55 gallon drum might be the most popular, or at least the most ubiquitous, but that doesn’t mean it is perfect for every situation. The 30 gallon steel drum stands at just over 26 inches tall and is the perfect size vessel for a myriad of situations.

First and foremost, this smaller but mighty container is the perfect fit for travel. They can be stored easily and securely in the sensitive environment that is the belly of an airborne plane. The 30 gallon is also used in ground and sea transport – its small size and stackability allows many barrels to fit in a limited space. If you’ve got a small warehouse with a finite amount of space for storage: the 30 gallon is your friend there too.

The 30 gallon drum is an important part of ‘next day shipping.’ The small size of the drum paired with its strength makes it a safe and economical choice for expedited or long term shipping. Especially the 30 gallon salvage drum. The shipping industry is loaded with requirements and roadblocks, the 30 gallon salvage drum readily equips you for the journey ahead, and the unexpected bumps along the way.

That is the glory of the 30 gallon steel drum – it is small without sacrificing any integrity. It is just as strong and well-engineered as the larger drums. It can be customized to fit whatever regulations or requirements that face you and it is ready to squeeze its way into your life and favorite containers list.

30 Gallon Steel Drums Set to Travel

January 29th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: DOT/UN, Safety

The immediate difference between a 55 gallon steel drum and a 30 gallon steel drum? The 30 gallon steel drum is smaller. Not a novel concept, but smaller size drums are easier to move and so it is only natural that 30 gallon steel drums tend to log a lot of miles.

All drums, regardless of size, are required to meet stringent guidelines regulated by the Department of Transportation. Every inch and aspect of a steel drum must be thoroughly tested and inspected before it is deemed safe and appropriate for transport. At Skolnik, we don’t take these rules lightly. A number of UN and DOT tests are even done in house and meticulously monitored throughout the manufacturing process.

When we say every inch of the drum, we mean it. There are standards for every part of the drum: clamp bands, bolts, gaskets, lids, rolling hoops, thickness, chimes, seams and more. The steel must meet a thickness regulation based on its capacity and intended use, reinforcing rings might be required, rolling hoops must be tight and not spot-welded. Every opening and closure device must be a certain size and sealed tight for shipment. There are rules on what you can weld and how you must execute the welding. There are protective coatings and treatments with their own tests and requirements. There are maximums, there are minimums, and then of course there are a series of tests to ensure the container is leak proof.

A lot goes into ensuring the safety and integrity of our steel drums whether they are being used for regular transport or storage. As cumbersome as these regulations may seem, each and every one is tremendously important. Our 30 gallon steel drums travel the world and we want to keep the world and all of its inhabitants safe and satisfied.