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Unpacking Drum Configurations: The 5 Gallon Open Head UN Rated Steel Drum

December 29th, 2020 by Natalie Mueller

Filed under: Industry News

In almost any industry where contents need to be shipped, drums are used. They are used for such a variety of industries and materials that, of course, there are seemingly endless configurations and certifications to suit. One very specific configuration is that of a 5 gallon open head UN rated steel drum. Before you pack up this drum, let’s unpack what all of these things mean.

Skolnik drums are available in sizes ranging from 5 to 110 gallons. The 5 gallon drum is the smallest barrel in the Skolnik product line. Available in carbon or stainless steel, the 5 gallon drum is most commonly used for winemaking as it is a perfect small size for testing out experimental batches of wine.

There are two types of ‘head’ configurations for a drum: an open head and a tight head. An open head drum has a removable cover and a seamed bottom. It is a popular choice for solids and viscous liquids.

What does it mean for a drum to be UN rated? Using the wrong container to transport or store goods, especially dangerous goods, puts many at risk. And so, there are a number of regulations surrounding the packaging and transportation industry to ensure manufacturers and shippers are utilizing the appropriate industrial containers for their contents. One of those governing bodies is the United Nations. For a drum to be UN rated it must be built, tested and certified to contain the liquid, solid, and/or dangerous materials it is intended for. UN drums are tested against drop, stac, leak and pressure standards.

At Skolnik, we not only rigorously test our drums to ensure they are UN rated and certified, we also consult with our customers to ensure they are getting the right drum for their materials and needs. Maybe that’s a 5 gallon open head un rated steel drum, or maybe it’s a different container, we’re here to help.

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