This UN Rated black 5 gallon tight head (closed top) steel drum has a rust inhibitor. This steel drum has a white closed cover with 2" NPT and 3/4" NPT Tri-Sure style plug & flange fittings. UN Specifications include a rating of UN1A1/X1.6/250 for liquids. It meets strict wall thickness requirements, 0.9/0.9/0.9 (top/body/bottom) 20/20/20 gauge ASTM grade carbon steel, and is tested for strength and durability.

Key benefits:
  • Ideal for storage and transportation purposes
  • Tight-head (closed top) containers (1A1 drums) have a non-removable top
  • Access to the container is via 2" and 3/4" plugs in the top of the container
  • Rust inhibitor prevents the drum from rusting prior to being filled
  • Proudly Made in the USA


Carbon steel (CS) is metal alloy that is made of iron and carbon. It is known as a cost-effective alloying material. There are four types of carbon steel that vary in strength level: low carbon steel, medium carbon steel, high carbon steel, and very high carbon steel. Engine parts, car body panels, and select knives are made of carbon steel. The Cary Company also has carbon steel IBC tanks, filter vessels, and drums that work well with many liquids.


This information has been provided as a general guide. It is the customer's responsibility to select the proper container for product and application compatibility. The Cary Company does hereby disclaim any and all warranties, expressed or implied, including any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or use. We are not responsible for consequential damages arising from customer's selection and use of containers, container and label dimensions, and/or closures supplied by us.

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Capacity 5 gal.
Color White/Black
Material Carbon Steel
Dimensions 14” Dia x 9.4” H (inside) / 14.3” Dia. x 10.5” H (outside)
Weight 10 lbs.
Pallet Pack 45 ea.
Country of Manufacture United States
Model CQ0503
Condition New
Closure Tight Head (Closed)
Lining Rust Inhibitor
Steel Thickness 0.9/0.9/0.9 (Top/Body/Bottom)
Steel Gauge 20/20/20 (Top/Body/Bottom)
Fittings 2" NPT & 3/4" NPT
Gasket Buna Gasket
UN Rating Liquid UN1A1/X1.6/250
Q & A
Customer Questions
What is the best way to ship a tight head steel drum?
It depends on the quantity being shipped, the location, and the size of the drums. Drums in small quantities less than 55 gallon size can ship UPS. Larger quantities of steel drums go either LTL common carrier or truckload.
How many tight head steel drums will fit on a pallet or truck?
The number of steel drums that fit on a single pallet varies depending on the size of the drum and the size of the pallet. For more information, check out Guide to Steel Drums.
What is a tight head steel drum typically used for?
Tight head steel drums are great for a wide range of transportation and storage applications. Tight head steel drums are typically used with lower viscosity liquids such as fragrances or beverages or even hazardous materials if the drum is UN rated.
What is a tight head steel drum?
Tight head drums, also known as closed head or 1A1 drums, have a secured, non-removable top. Access to a tight head drum typically is via a 2" and 3/4" bung opening in the top of the container.
Are tight head steel drums food grade?
Most of our new lined steel drums are FDA approved for food or pharmaceutical storage. Unlined and reconditioned drums are not FDA approved for food or pharmaceutical storage.
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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