55 Gallon Blue Tight Head Plastic Drum, UN Rated, 2 (2022)

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What is the lifespan of plastic 55 gallon drums?

Thank you for your inquiry. Plastic drums are quite durable and resist degradation. They do not dent or rust. However, damage, such as cracks and scratches, can be sustained from improper handling. It is also important to make sure your plastic drum is compatible with whatever material or liquid it holds. Please note that drums that are used to ship hazardous materials internationally automatically have a five-year lifespan. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.

Can you use this 55 gallon blue Industrial Plastic Drum to store gas?

Thank you for your inquiry. We do not recommend storing gasoline or other flammable fluids in this plastic drum. The main reason is that the plastic, in this case high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE), can react with the gasoline and start to break the plastic down. This can result in damage to the storage container causing leakage. The plastic/gasoline reaction can also result in cross-contamination that will affect the chemical composition of the fuel itself, which can become unstable.
Although we have some plastic safety cans available, they are made for short-term storage of small quantities of fuel (up to 5 gallons). We also have metal safety cans available for this purpose: Type I Safety Cans and Type II Safety Cans. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.

How tall is a 55 gallon drum?

The height of a 55 gallon drum ranges from 33" to 36-3/4" depending if it’s plastic, steel or fiber, open-head or tight-head. For specific information about this product, please view the specification sheet or contact us for more information.

How wide is a 55 gallon drum?

The width of a 55 gallon drum ranges from 21" to 24-1/2" in diameter depending if it’s plastic, steel or fiber, open-head or tight-head. For specific information about this product, please view the specification sheet or contact us for more information.

How much does a 55 gallon drum weigh?

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The weight varies on the material, style and dimensions of a drum. The weight of a 55 gallon drum can range from 22 lbs. to 44 lbs. or more. For specific information about this product, please view the specification sheet or contact us for more information.

How are 55 gallon drums shipped?

The Cary Company ships LTL (Less Than Truckload) or Truckloads on 55 gallon or larger drums.

Are tight head plastic drums food grade?

Reconditioned drums are not typically FDA-approved for food grade. Our new tight head plastic drums are FDA approved for food or pharmaceutical storage.

What are tight head plastic drums typically used for?

Tight head plastic drum applications include storing and transporting chemicals, food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, waste, dyes, pigment, soaps, detergents, and many more commercial uses. Many of the tight head drums available from The Cary Company are UN rated for the safe storage, handling and transportation of hazardous materials.

How do I open this tight head drum?

For a tight head plastic drum, the cover cannot be removed. To get to the contents from inside, remove the drum fittings also known as plugs or bungs.

Can I use a heating blanket or band on this tight head plastic drum?

Yes, we have heating bands specifically designed to heat plastic drums.

Can you ship internationally? Where are you located?

The Cary Company online ordering platform is only set up to ship within the United States. For international shipments, please contact us at 630.629.6600 or Sales@thecarycompany.com, and we will be happy to process your order. Our main warehouse and office are located in Addison, Ill. We also have warehouses in across the United States that you can see here. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.

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FAQs

What are the blue plastic barrels called? ›

Today, the blue colour quickly identifies the drum as an HDPE plastic drum. Most plastic drums manufactured for an industrial capacity are coloured blue, as this is the industry standard.

Are 55 gallon drums color coded? ›

Uses For The 55 Gallon Drums Or Barrels

For inventory and storage purposes, as well as identification of the contents, 55 gallon drums can be easily labeled, color coded, have branding imprinted, and be adorned with elaborate decorative designs.

How much does a blue 55 gallon drum weigh? ›

STEEL DRUMS: OPEN OR CLOSED HEAD LINED, UNLINED AND STAINLESS STEEL
GallonHeightWeight
5533"48 lbs
3529"25 lbs

What are big blue plastic barrels used for? ›

Also known as poly drums, they are the internationally-approved container for shipping liquid food products, world-wide. They get shipped in bulk to food manufacturers and distributers all over the globe containing edible oils, juices, sauces, vinegars, food flavorings, colorings, you name it.

How do I know if my blue barrel is food grade? ›

The easiest way to check is to look for the Resin Identification Code—i.e., recycling number—which identifies the type of plastic material. The code consists of a triangle of arrows surrounding a number between 1 and 7. Generally, numbers 1 through 7 indicate food grade plastic.

Are all blue barrels food grade? ›

While blue plastic barrels are food-grade, chemicals can leach into the plastic over time and taint any food being stored. Equally, barrels should be used to store one type of chemical only to avoid any cross-contamination.

What does the UN rating on a drum mean? ›

This refers to the amount of weight that the drum plus its contents has been tested to hold. Although it might actually be able to hold a higher weight, the UN rating denotes the weight it's been tested to hold. If you ship over what the drum is tested for, you risk being cited.

What do blue barrels mean? ›

In the oil industry, an oil barrel is 42 US gallons. Some sources say this abbreviation originated with Standard Oil Co. — the first oil giant in the U.S. founded in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller. They used blue barrels to store and transport oil, thus BBL originated as a symbol for “blue barrels”.

What's the difference between a drum and a barrel? ›

A drum (also called a barrel) is a cylindrical shipping container used for shipping bulk cargo. Drums can be made of steel, dense paperboard (commonly called a fiber drum), or plastic, and are generally used for the transportation and storage of liquids and powders.

How much does a 55 gallon drum full of water weigh? ›

What does a filled 55-gallon drum weigh? Fifty-five gallons of water weighs 459 pounds, so depending on the drum, you're looking at around 500 pounds. Your drum could be heavier or lighter, depending on the density of your product.

Can you store water in a 55 gallon metal drum? ›

Seems like a no brainer, but it is a common mistake. Even if it looks clean or has been sterilized, it should not be used to store food or water. Non-food-grade materials, such as a non-food-grade plastic or stainless steel can leak dangerous chemicals into anything you store in them.

How much does an empty 55 gallon plastic drum weight? ›

Additional Information
Capacity55 gal.
MaterialHDPE
FDA ApprovedYes
Dimensions23-1/4" (591 mm) Dia. x 34-3/4" (883 mm) H
Nominal Tare Weight21.5 lbs. (9.8 kg)
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Can you store oil in plastic drums? ›

Plastic drums are a popular storage medium for all kinds of preparedness necessities. So, you might wonder: Can you store fuel in a plastic drum? The short answer is that no, you shouldn't store gasoline or any other fuel in a plastic drum.

What are blue 55 gallon drums used for? ›

The well-established “blue” 55-gallon (210 liter) plastic drums are commonly used for a wide range of liquids, from chemical to food, and are considered as a light-weight alternative to its steel counterpart. These conventional plastic barrels/drums are available in open head (open top) and also in closed head design.

Is HDPE #2 safe for food storage? ›

Plastics that are safe to use as food storage containers include: Plastic #1: PET or PETE – (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Plastic #2: HDPE – (High Density Polyethylene)

Are all HDPE 2 food grade? ›

There is a common misconception that all containers made of white plastic or HDPE plastic bearing recycle symbol 2 are food grade containers. This is not true. If a container is not clearly labeled as “food safe” or being made of food grade plastic, then you should assume that it is not food grade.

Which plastic barrels are food grade? ›

Foodstuffs are shipped most often in barrels with RIC codes of #2, #4 and #5. The HDPE, from which food grade barrels are made, is assigned the former. Meanwhile number four RIC code equates to low-density polyethylene, and number five means plastic is made from polypropylene.

Are blue barrels BPA free? ›

All barrels that come through BlueBarrel's participating barrel suppliers are made of UN-rated HDPE food-grade plastic, and yes, they are BPA free. These are the internationally-approved vessels for safe and secure shipping of food-grade liquids worldwide.

How can I get a free barrel? ›

Check with soda pop manufacturers, car washes, car dealers, food processing plants and animal supply outlets. Watch ads online and in your local paper for free barrels. You may find inexpensive barrels on dairy farms, at garage sales and auctions, and in salvage yards.

Does food grade plastic leach chemicals? ›

Although labeled as food-safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), some plastic bags can leach chemicals that are highly toxic and the toxicity can vary among products having the same label.

How do you read UN numbers? ›

The UN in the circle indicates packaging has been UN tested and certified. The UN symbol can either be included with a lowercase "u" over a lowercase "n" in a circle or as an uppercase "UN".

What does UN certified mean? ›

UN31A certification is an internationally recognized standard required for packaging and transporting dangerous goods. Containers must bear a UN marking showing that the UN has certified and approved the packaging. Our DOT- and UN-approved containers include: Drums. Totes.

What is un certificate? ›

UN mark is a universal / international system created by the United Nations, which is meant for the classification, packaging, marking and labelling of dangerous goods, in order to transport it safely (by road, rail, sea and air). Testing are required to be carried out, before a UN certification mark can be issued.

How long do plastic barrels last? ›

Realistically, if you're storing the water for your own purposes and not in a commercial capacity, you can keep it in the plastic barrel for longer than six months – years even – without rotation. It's good practice to change it when you can though, to keep it fresh and to avoid contamination.

How many gallons are in a blue plastic barrel? ›

Specifications
MaterialHDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
ColourBlue
Volume208 L (45 Gallons)
Weight21 lbs.
Diameter23 3/8″
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Why is it called a blue barrel? ›

The extra 2-gallon was to allow for evaporation and leaking during transportation. These 42-gallon crude barrels were painted in blue and called blue barrels, and abbreviated as "bbl", guaranteeing a buyer that it was 42-gallon barrel of crude. By 1872, the standard oil barrel was firmly established as 42 US gallons.

How much petrol do you get from a barrel of oil? ›

The end products make up about 2.6 gallons more than the original amount of oil, or about 44.6 gallons of end products from a 42 gallon barrel. Purely distilling the fuel yields about 11 gallons of gasoline per barrel depending on the oil source.

How high can 55 gallon drums be stacked? ›

In order to provide the proper protection, users should take care to stack and unitize drums properly during both transportation and warehousing. Industry experience suggests steel drums used to contain hazardous materials can be safely stacked four- high as long as the specific gravity does not exceed 1.5.

Why is a barrel 42 gallons? ›

In August 1866 a handful of America's earliest independent oil producers met in Titusville, Pennsylvania, and agreed that henceforth, 42 gallons would constitute a barrel of oil. Pennsylvania led the world in oil production as demand soared for kerosene lamp fuel.

How do you move a 55 gallon drum? ›

Move your shoulders low and close to the drum. Slowly push forward with your legs until you feel the drum reach its balance point. When using the drag/pull method, place your hands at the near position at shoulder width. Brace the drum with your foot to prevent it from sliding, and shift your weight to the rear foot.

How much gas does a 55 gallon drum of oil make? ›

A barrel of crude oil is only 42 gallons, not 55 gallons. So to answer your question: On average a barrel of WTI crude oil produces approximately 20 gallons of gas.

How heavy is 55 gallons oil? ›

Weight of a 55-gallon drum of oil: 444 lbs (201 kg)

How much bleach do I add to 55 gallons of water? ›

For 55 gallons of water, add 4 1/2 teaspoons unscented liquid chlorine bleach (3 tablespoons if water is cloudy)

How long will water stay fresh in a 55 gallon drum? ›

Water is the #1 emergency supply to have. This barrel can store up to 55 gallons of emergency water for 5 years (when used with water preserver concentrate).

How long can you store tap water in a 55 gallon drum? ›

Potable water that is being stored in a food-grade 55-gallon drum can be stored safely for up to 1 year or even longer under the right circumstances.

What does 55 gallons of concrete weigh? ›

55 gallons of concrete weighs roughly 550 pounds. Depending on the ingredients, you could gain or lose up to 200 pounds. The basic calculations are; The weight of one gallon is equal to 20.08 pounds.

What does 55 gallons of sand weigh? ›

The empty drum weighs 38lbs. Find the unit weight of the sand in pounds per cubic foot.

What is the buoyancy of a 55 gallon drum? ›

I know a 55 gallon barrel of water has about 440 pounds of buoyancy.

What do blue barrels mean? ›

In the oil industry, an oil barrel is 42 US gallons. Some sources say this abbreviation originated with Standard Oil Co. — the first oil giant in the U.S. founded in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller. They used blue barrels to store and transport oil, thus BBL originated as a symbol for “blue barrels”.

What are blue 55 gallon barrels used for? ›

The well-established “blue” 55-gallon (210 liter) plastic drums are commonly used for a wide range of liquids, from chemical to food, and are considered as a light-weight alternative to its steel counterpart. These conventional plastic barrels/drums are available in open head (open top) and also in closed head design.

What are plastic drums called? ›

Polyethylene drums, more commonly referred to as a plastic drum, are industrial-grade containers made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE). They are lighter weight and are considered to be more cost effective than their steel drum counterparts.

How many gallons does a blue barrel hold? ›

Rockefeller and Standard Oil's blue barrels. For today's industry, the abbreviation simply signifies a 42-gallon (159 liters) unit of measure…of any color.

How long do plastic barrels last? ›

Realistically, if you're storing the water for your own purposes and not in a commercial capacity, you can keep it in the plastic barrel for longer than six months – years even – without rotation. It's good practice to change it when you can though, to keep it fresh and to avoid contamination.

Why is it called a blue barrel? ›

The extra 2-gallon was to allow for evaporation and leaking during transportation. These 42-gallon crude barrels were painted in blue and called blue barrels, and abbreviated as "bbl", guaranteeing a buyer that it was 42-gallon barrel of crude. By 1872, the standard oil barrel was firmly established as 42 US gallons.

Why does bbl stand for barrel? ›

Some sources assert that "bbl" originated as a symbol for "blue barrels" delivered by Standard Oil in its early days. However, while Ida Tarbell's 1904 Standard Oil Company history acknowledged the "holy blue barrel", the abbreviation "bbl" had been in use well before the 1859 birth of the U.S. petroleum industry.

How much does a 55 gallon drum cost? ›

55 Gallon Steel Drum, Reconditioned, UN Rated, Various Styles. 1 $96.300 ea. 8 $88.940 ea.

What are black plastic barrels used for? ›

Can be used for: rainwater collection, rain barrels, composting, hydroponics, material storage and many other uses BPA free, HDPE resin.

What sizes do plastic drums come in? ›

When companies offer a plastic drum for sale, they usually offer them in all available sizes; the most common sized are 15, 30, and 55 gallons. These drums are also available in two variations; tight-head and open-head.

How tall is a blue plastic barrel? ›

Additional Information
Capacity55 gal.
ColorBlue
MaterialHDPE
FDA ApprovedYes
Dimensions23-1/4" (591 mm) Dia. x 34-3/4" (883 mm) H
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How long will water last in a 55 gallon drum? ›

Water Storage Barrel - 55 Gallon

Water is the #1 emergency supply to have. This barrel can store up to 55 gallons of emergency water for 5 years (when used with water preserver concentrate).

How much bleach does it take to purify 55 gallons of water? ›

For 55 gallons of water, add 4 1/2 teaspoons unscented liquid chlorine bleach (3 tablespoons if water is cloudy)

How do I keep my water barrel from freezing? ›

How do I keep my rain barrel from freezing? The best way to keep your rain barrel from freezing is to completely drain it and store it over winter. Store it upside down outside, or put it into the garage or a shed where it will be protected from precipitation.

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