I would like to own a 55 gallon drum , preferably made of plastic. I want
this to be able to haul K-1 kerosene fuel for my oil heaters. I suppose
I could use a metal drum but prefer the plastic as it would be so much
I have looked at Northern Industrial Tools and at Harbour Freight, but I
find nothing like this.
Any ideas of a source for this ?
Look in the Yellow Pages under "Barrels or Drums" One of the big suppliers
is US Plastic. They are based in Ohio but have distribution. I'd look for a
used one if possible.
New is $121 plus shipping
As someone else noted, when it's full "not so much"... :)
Virtually every place has multitude of commercial locations that have
barrels routinely. Check w/ the various food processing facilities,
etc.; most of them use almost exclusively plastic these days. The
second-hand freight/salvage/etc. places generally have market for them;
if it's a place of any size undoubtedly there are a few individuals as
well on the Craig's list or local radio swap show, etc. Flea markets,
etc., another good bet.
As the other poster said, you'll probably find 30 gal much more suitable
I'll throw in that if OP is using kero in bulk quantities, he either
needs a farmer-style elevated tank (if legal in his area) with bulk
or one of those purpose-built truck bed tanks with a pump and hose.
Decanting from a barrel without a pump is not trivial, and when you
spill it and it gets in the water, the fines are expensive. Metal
barrels rust and leak, and plastic barrels weaken from UV and cold. A
unexpected split in a near-full barrel could ruin OP's whole day.
Why reinvent the wheel? There is proven off-the-shelf technology for
Concur with that suggestion. Take your checkbook and head down to Farm
& Fleet, Tractor Supply, any major farm supply store. Farmers handle
fuel routinely and their equipment is time proven. Another alternative
is the automotive equipment stores. Look for things like the 'Gas
Buggy" that are complete with a pump and hose. Expect to pay over $300
for one, but keep in mind your safety and health depend on not
handling hazards in foolish fashion. Good luck.
Check with your local lawn and landscape people. Many of the products
used in that industry come in plastic 55's. Like roundup and
fertilizers, and some pesticides. If they're not totally anal retentive
(like the one i worked for) they may let you have one. We used to cut
the tops of and use them for trash cans. But the fert supervisor would
have a fit, 'cause "they're supposed to be disposed of properly". We
would just tell him to piss of and go about what we were doing. <G>
Thanks for all the replies. I would only have to "handle or move" the tank
when empty. I take my trailer to the fuel vendor, and put the gas in the
barrel, and then back to my remote cabin, and would pump it out with a 12
volt pump that runs off the Jeep battery.
I do see that the weight of the steel drum is not that much more than the
plastic, yet the plastic would still be even easier for me to pick up and
throw on the trailer.
From the info posted, the steel drums are subject to rust and leaks, and the
plastic ones suffer from uv rays and severe cold. I will take all of this
Some very good points were posted on this, I appreciate them all, and I will
make note of all the points.
My other consideration is what kind of top I would have on the barrel that I
would buy. I suppose if I got the right top, I could make some sort of
home-made "mount" for the 12 volt pump.
Thanks again to all.
Contact food service in a Seminole Indian casino. Food grade drums are
available. Rinse them out and work with what you have. Close to Miami
and you can find these drums.
[Miccosukee Indian Village, Florida] short drive to Miami.
Drive to Las Vegas, maybe we can sell a few drums.
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