Specifications
This 55 gallon blue plastic tight head drum is UN Rated and has 2" NPS and 2" buttress fittings. Also known as a shipping container, this food-grade drum is made of high-density high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) plastic that is similar to high-density polyethylene (HDPE), but more durable. Made of up to 60% post-consumer resin, this drum's manufacturing process diverts materials from landfills and requires less energy to produce. The seamless construction of this closed head drum makes it suitable for outdoor use. This storage drum features drain vents molded into its top with two 2" openings: one is a 2" NPS bung opening and the other opening is a 2" buttress bung opening.

Key benefits:

  • Made from high-density high molecular weight polyethylene
  • Can be used as a rain barrel, floating barrel or buoy, or storage container for chemicals, oils and more
  • Fill temperature should not exceed 150°F (65° C)
  • Crafted of up to 60% post-consumer resin
  • Handle using "parrot's beak" assembly, side grabber and sling
  • Optimally drainable
  • UN Rated: UN1H1/Y1.6/100
  • Proudly Made in the USA

PCR Plastic

Post-consumer resin (PCR) is an environment-friendly material option that is made from recycled plastics, most commonly PET and HDPE to make new products such as bottles, milk jugs, buckets, and industrial products like IBC totes and poly drums. PCR is commonly used in cosmetic, pharmaceutical, animal care and industrial industries such as household and gardening. Containers can use anywhere from 10-100% post-consumer resin.



Material:

High-Density Polyethylene PlasticHigh density polyethylene (HDPE ) is the most commonly used resin. This economical plastic has good impact resistance, is naturally translucent, flexible and typically used for personal care products such as shampoo bottles. Adding color will give HDPE an opaque look that will result in an increase in weight and rigidness. We have a variety of these rigid and tough high density polyethylene products in stock, from containers, pails, bottles, caps, tubs and jugs. HDPE works well in below freezing temperatures. HDPE heat compatibility varies. Maximum fill temperature is generally around 145°F; however, testing is recommended with your specific product and application.

Disclaimer:

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.

Additional Information

More Information
Capacity 55 gal.
Color Blue
Material HDPE
Max Temp Allowed 150°F (65° C)
FDA Approved Yes
Weight 22 lbs.
Case Dimensions 24" L x 24" W x 35" H
Pallet Pack 8 ea.
Pallet Dimensions 48" L x 48" W x 74" H
Pallet Weight 176 lbs.
Country of Manufacture United States
Condition New
Closure Tight Head (Closed)
Min. Wall Thickness 0.090" (2.28mm)
Fittings 2" NPS & 2" Buttress
UN Rating Liquid UN1H1/Y1.6/100
Note: » View our entire 55 Gallon Drum selection.
*For quantities of 48 or more drums, please contact us for pricing and shipping rates.
Q & A
Customer Questions
Is this container BPA free, and can it be used to store water?
Thank you for your question. Yes, drum is made of BPA-free plastic. Additionally, being FDA approved, is it suitable for storing potable water. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
How do I open this drum?
Thank you for your question. This drum's fittings can be opened using a torque wrench. There are two listed as related products on the drum's product page: Tri-Sure® 20/9 Preset Drum Torque Wrench for Nylon/PP Plugs, Part #26WTSP, and Tri-Sure® 20/9 Sparkless Preset Drum Torque Wrench for Nylon/PP Plugs, Part #26WSSC. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
Can this drum be used to hold chlorine for a pool?
Thank you for your question. Yes, this drum is safe for storing pool chlorine. 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?
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.
What 55 gallon drum quantities can ship UPS?
55 gallon drums cannot be shipped by UPS. Sizes less than 55 gallons in small quantities may be shipped by UPS.
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.
Is this drum safe for long-term storage of drinking water?
Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, this drum is safe for long-term storage of drinking water. It is made of FDA-approved high-density high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) plastic. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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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