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The Many Styles of a 55 Gallon Barrel

April 17th, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

A mid-sized, sturdy container, the 55 gallon barrel or drum is far and away the most common size industrial container. This industrial workhorse can be found in facilities spanning industries and its uses are numerable. It is a favorite for storage and shipment of goods both commercial and hazardous in nature. It is durable, versatile, reusable and, at Skolnik, our customers love it so much that we’ve made it available in several varieties.

Options include:

55 Gallon Carbon Steel Drum — A durable heavy-duty package for storage and transportation of a variety of contents, including hazardous materials. ailable in open and tight head configurations.

55 Gallon 7A Type A Drum — Intended for use as shipping and storage containers for permissible radioactive materials. Available in carbon or stainless steel.

55 Gallon Lever Lock Closure Drum — An easy to seal and re-open drum that eliminates the need for closing tools. Available in open head carbon configurations and salvage styles.

55 Gallon Salvage Drum — Constructed of high quality carbon steel to meet the UN design type requirements for salvage containers. Tested for international standards and ready to go.

55 Gallon TIH (PIH) Overpack Drum — Tested for solids and certified according to UN criteria, these drums qualify as secure outer packaging for overpack situations.

55 Gallon Seamless/Crevice Free Drum — Perfect for situations requiring purity and compatibility of the materials, seamless drums are just that: seamless. Often used to contain acids, metal and pharmaceutical products or in food processing.

55 Gallon Stainless Steel Drum — A classic container, stainless steel drums can outperform carbon steel in terms of corrosion resistance, tensile strength and reusability.

55 Gallon Seamless/Process Drum — These straight-sided, seamless drums are uniquely suited for the pharmaceutical, food processing and personal care industries. They are available in stainless type 304 and 316.

55 Gallon Nitric Drum — These drums demonstrate exceptional resistance to oxidization and nitric acid and are most commonly used as process drums. Their materials and seamless construction enables them to meet high sanitary standards.

55 Gallon Stainless Steel Wine Barrels — For fermentation, aging or storing wines. Stainless steel wine barrels are corrosion resistant, reusable, easy to sanitize and preserve the taste of wines without altering their flavor.

These are some of the drums we currently manufacture in a 55 gallon size. If, for whatever reason, you don’t see a drum that fits the materials or configuration you need, please don’t hesitate to reach out — Skolnik’s engineers are happy to create custom containers that fit your exacting standards. The 55 gallon size barrels and drums are so versatile and useful, the Skolnik team couldn’t resist manufacturing it in a multitude of styles.

The Goldilocks of Containers: The 55 Gallon Drum

July 7th, 2016 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: HazMat, Stainless Steel

At Skolnik, we love engineering and manufacturing custom barrels for our clients, but while there is no one-size-fits-all container, there is a fan favorite. The 55-gallon steel drum is the most popular size container for a diverse range of industries and uses. It’s the workhorse of all containers and, just like the rest of Skolnik’s offering, it is built thicker, heavier and stronger than industry standards.

There is just something special about the 55 gallon size. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s the Goldilocks of drums, making it just right for the packing, storing and shipping of a variety of solids, liquids and even hazardous materials. It may be mid-sized, but there is nothing middle of the road about the 55 gallon container.

The 55 gallon drum is available in stainless steel, carbon steel, seamless steel and in salvage drums and stainless steel wine barrels, the closures and fittings are all customizable for your specific needs. But, while it is wildly popular, the 55 gallon may not be the best drum for you. If you are unsure or have any questions about your containment needs, feel free to call Skolnik and our team of experts will help guide you to the right container size and material your business may need.

The Anatomy of a 55 Gallon Steel Drum

February 19th, 2015 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Stainless Steel

The most ubiquitous of the steel drum family is the 55 gallon steel drum. Whether you’re watching a movie, playing a video game or just walking in the vicinity of a plant, factory or construction site, you will probably run into a 55 gallon steel drum. In fact, at Skolnik, the 55 gallon is among our most popular and top ordered products.

However, every 55 gallon steel drum you see is not created equal. Some drums are used for waste collection, some for chemical transport, some for food storage, and each drum is constructed with a specific purpose in mind. It is very important that you discern and order the right drum for the job.

The primary factors that come into play when deciding which drum your organization needs are also the primary features of any given drum: construction material, steel thickness, head type and bung threading.

Construction material

Most drums are made of either carbon steel or stainless steel. The primary utility difference between the two is stainless steel’s elevated chemical resistance. While carbon steel drums are often used to store and transport hazardous liquids, plants that utilize aggressive chemicals often favor the versatility of a stainless steel drum. Regardless of construction material, many plants choose to line their drums for added corrosion resistance.

Steel thickness

Unsurprisingly, thicker drums are recommended for shipping more hazardous liquids. The thicker the drum the more pressure and weight it can handle. The standard denotation of thickness is X/Y/Z mm – this is representative of the thickness of lid/body/base.

Open or closed head

Drums either have an open head, where the lid can be removed, or a closed or tight head, where the lid is permanently secured. Open-head drums are favored in situations where the contents need to be accessible for addition or extraction, often times solids and thicker liquids, whereas tight-head drums are the preferred choice for lower viscosity liquids.

Bung threading

If you intend to add or extract liquids from your drum via funnel or pump, you will need to know what type of bung, or top opening, is available on the lid. Bung threads are almost always National Pipe Taper, but it’s always smart to double check as you might have a Buttress threaded bung. Both types of thread are designed to create a liquid-tight seal.

 

We hope that this exploration of the anatomy of a steel drum better helps you make the right product decision for your drum’s purpose. However, never hesitate to consult with the Skolnik team on any questions or concerns you may have. We’re always happy to share our expertise on our popular 55 gallon drums or any specialty or customized drum your operation may require.