The 26WM5A is a UN rated 5 gallon gray open head steel pail with epoxy phenolic lining. The 26WM5A includes the steel pail and lug cover. This steel pail and lug cover combination is rated UN1A2/Y2.1/100. The lug cover must be sealed with a lug closing tool (sold separately). This open head pail's epoxy phenolic lining provides excellent chemical resistance for alkaline products such as fatty acids, detergents, emulsions, foods, general organic chemicals, surfactants, and water based resins. Full decoration is available on bodies and covers for enhanced brand recognition.

Key benefits:
  • Made of heavy-duty carbon steel
  • 5 gallon capacity
  • Dimensions: 11-7/9" Dia. (top) x 10-9/10" Dia. (bottom) x 13-19/50" H
  • UN Certification of UN1A2/Y2.1/100 for liquids
  • Includes handle
  • Tapered design for nesting
  • Contains 25-percent post-consumer recycled content and is 100-percent recyclable
  • Proudly Made in the USA
Epoxy phenolic lining:
Epoxy phenolic lining improves the lining's flexibility, meaning it can adhere to dents or bends in the steel container, thus preventing contamination. It provides outstanding chemical resistance for alkaline products (those whose pH range from 7.0 to 9.0) including water-based resins, fatty acids, detergents, emulsions, foods, general organic chemicals, and surfactants. Epoxy phenolic is not recommended for use with acids or solvents. Additionally, epoxy phenolic lining has high heat resistance and corrosion resistance. Steel containers with an epoxy phenolic lining are ideal for applications that require excellent chemical resistance as well as general industrial use. This lining is manufactured with FDA-compliant raw materials.

- Let us help you design your lithographed steel pail or cover and turn your steel pail into a cost-effective marketing tool. Full lithography is available on pails and covers. Minimums are 1,500 for pails and 3,000 for covers.

Pails vs. Buckets
Need assistance with deciding the best pail or bucket for your applications? Our wide range of buckets and pails allow you to choose the right style for your needs. With countless uses, these containers are great due to their versatility. Discover the Differences of Pails and Buckets and the factors to decide when determining the best packaging for your products.


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.

Additional Information

More Information
Capacity5 gal.
Dimensions11.77" Dia. (top) x 10.91" Dia. (Bottom) x 13.4375" H
Weight3.8 lbs.
Pallet Pack60 ea.
Country of ManufactureUnited States
SeriesS3 Series
ClosureLug Cover
LiningEpoxy Lining
Steel Gauge24/24/24 (Top/Body/Bottom)
UN Rating LiquidUN1A2/Y2.1/100
Note:**Full lithography is available on bodies and covers.
Q & A
Customer Questions
What kind of linings are offered for open head steel pails?
The Cary Company offers rust inhibitor coated, Epoxy Phenolic Lined, Gold Phenolic Lined, and Pigmented Phenolic Lined pails.
What is an open head steel pail typically used for?
Non-UN rated unlined open head steel pails with rust inhibitor coatings are great for non-hazardous applications such as coatings, scrap metal, powders and more. UN rated open head steel pails can come with a rust inhibitor enamel, a gold or clear phenolic lining, a pigmented phenolic lining, or an epoxy phenolic lining. UN Rated open...
What kind of closures are compatible with open head steel pails?
Because open head steel pails are containers with removable lids, The Cary Company offers cover types including lug (crimped) and dish (lever lock ring).
What kind of accessories do you offer for open head steel pails?
The Cary Company offers various accessories such as tops, closing/opening tools, linings, heaters, and pumps for your open head steel pail.
How many cubic feet in a 5 gallon pail?
The simple conversion of measurement of 5 gallons is 0.803 cubic feet. However, this is for the nominal capacity of the pail. The actual (overflow) capacity of a pail can vary from model to model. To calculate the full volume in cubic feet, for cylinder pails, you need to multiply π (3.14) x the pail radius (in feet) x the pail height (in feet). To calculate the volume for square pails, multiply the pail's length x width x height (in feet).
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.
Do you offer labeling services?
Yes, we offer design services, as well as in-mold labeling, screen printing, label printing and application services. You can request a quote from our design team by calling 630.629.6600 or emailing Sales@TheCaryCompany.com. For more information regarding the services we offer, please go to our Design Services page. Thank you for choosing The Cary Company.
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