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Epoxy Phenolic Lined Steel Drums

July 21st, 2017 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

Steel drums are a versatile packaging for the transport and storage of many materials. However, there are some materials, usually liquids in the food or chemical industries, that may not be compatible with steel. In these cases, drum linings are used to protect both the contents and the drum from contact due to damage or contamination from their interaction. The drum lining most commonly used at Skolnik is an epoxy/phenolic lining.

Epoxy phenolic coatings offer consistent high quality protection for a wide range of applications. The lining is created by combining heat-cured epoxy resin with thermosetting phenolic resin. The chemical resistance from these two resins makes for an ideal lining for a container holding liquids such as food products, detergents, latex paints or other materials with a pH range above 7.

This lining has high resistance to 92%-98% sulfuric acid at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The coating is also resistant to hydrochloric acid, phenol, anhydrous chlorobenzene, carbon tetrachloride and many other chemicals. An epoxy phenolic lining is also flexible. So, when applied correctly, the lining can adhere to a dent and bend with the metal, preventing any chipping or contamination of the contents.

At Skolnik, we strive to protect our clients, their materials and communities by connecting them with the right container for their contents and needs. Our lined steel drums are just one way we ensure that our drums are thicker, heavier and stronger enough to do the job. Free compatibility testing is available, and recommended, to insure content integrity.

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10 Responses

  1. Ken says:

    Are epoxy phenolic coatings compatable with diesel fuel or gasoline

  2. Thanks for asking a very good question. Whether lined or unlined, using a steel drum to store diesel fuel or gasoline is not recommended due to flammability.
    Thank you,

  3. Brian says:

    Do you have a complete compatibility chart?

    We have some of this on small old orig. drums. Need to move into new drums. Curious if EPOXY PHENOLIC LINED STEEL DRUMSwould be best? I can send Tech sheet & SDS but are also available at this link. Just have about 14 gallons.


    Chemical name Concentration [%]
    Dichloromethane >= 30 – = 10 – = 5 – = 0.1 – < 1

    Thank you.

    Brian Watson
    Manager of Toll Manufacturing Services
    Richman Chemical Inc.
    768 North Bethlehem Pike, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002
    Office: (215) 628-2946 ext. 16 | Fax: (215) 628-4262

  4. Hello Brian,
    Thank you for your inquiry. Since you have a specific situation that may require some discussion, I am forwarding your contact information to our sales team. Someone will contact you within 24 business hours to help you find a solution.
    Many thanks, stay healthy,
    Howard Skolnik

  5. Bret Cooney says:

    Are Epoxy phenolic lined drums resistant to chlorinated solvents?
    Currently using stainless steel drums but the chlorinated solvents keep eating holes in them.

  6. Hi Bret,
    Thank you for the inquiry. Clearly, you have an aggressive solvent if it is eating through stainless steel. My suggestion is that you contact one of our sales tech’s, and they will guide you to finding a packaging solution. In this case, it might be better in an epoxy/phenolic interior coating or some other type of coating. Call 773.735.0700 or 1-800-441-8780. Thank you, Howard Skolnik

  7. Ellie says:

    Is it safe to use a steel drum with an epoxy phenolic liner as a meat smoker? Or would there be risk of chemicals leaching out of the lining from the heat of the smoker? The temperatures in the drum during smoking would be below 350F.

  8. Hello Ellie and thank you for your inquiry. The epoxy liner is a sprayed on lining that is then cured. I have no experience with lining performance for smoking. Using a lined drum in this manner will be at your own risk.
    Best of luck,

  9. William McCants says:

    we have a process that uses o-Chlorotoluene and Thionyl Chloride which is recovered and stored. We use steel drums but have been eating at the integrity of the drums causing holes. We need a conductive drum that will be able to endure the low pH of the Thionyl Chloride. (very strong HCL).

    William McCants
    Pilot Plant Manager
    Sun Chemical Corporation

  10. Hello William,
    Thank you for sending in such a unique inquiry. Because of the nature of the product that you are describing, I have passed on your enquiry to Dean Ricker, our President, and Jon Stein, our VP of Sales. Either Dean or Jon will be contacting you directly to assist you with finding a solution for the Thionyl Chloride.
    With thanks,
    Howard Skolnik

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