Find a carwash and find out who suppliles them with soap & such. I
have a friend in the business, he is happy to give them away, they
build up so fast, if he doesn't give them away they make his place an
The advantage of the carwash is that their containers are
much more manageable at 20 gallons. Such a place near
me regularly puts them out, with a felt-tip marking of "FREE".
They disappear within a day. And the contents are usually
water-soluble, so they can be washed out to get rid of the
Also, they regularly have 10 gallon containers, and all the
containers have caps that are easily manageable.
Obviously, if your containers are in the sun much, it wouldn't
hurt to replace them before they get brittle and crack, and
it sure is nice for them to be free.
My local feed store sells used ones for about $15 (blue plastic). The one I
got had Snapple in it (which I think is some kind of food product).
I want to get a steel drum with a removable lid and locking band but there
aren't any around where I live. I found some free ones on Craig's list but
they were already gone. It seems like just about any action shoot-em-up
movie has a whole bunch of steel drums and they either get shot up or blown
sky-high. What a waste. Maybe Hollywood got them all from around here.
I make wine. I buy juice that is shipped from California in 55 gallon
plastic drums. The place I buy from sells the empty barrels; I got one
a few years ago for $10. So if someone near you sells juice to
winemakers, see if they will sell you an empty one. More and more,
however, they are shipping the juice in six gallon pails.
Did a google on 55 gal plastic drum. This is first on e that looked
interesting: http://www.bayteccontainers.com /
Are you having the kerosene delivered or going to get it. Remember,
once the drum is full of kerosene, there won't be much difference in
weight between a metal drum and a plastic one. You might want to
google for some of the kerosene heater sites. They have some
interesting info about storage and transport as well.
Uh, "haul" ...like in a truck?
There are regs against that (DOT) in the U.S. which is why you can't find
any ready made poly transition tanks. I think 5gals is the max for poly
fuel containers (in the US)
If you have the space on your property you might consider a large metal
storage tank (100 to 1000 gallons) and fuel companies deliver to you, so
the transport is not an issue. Sometimes cheaper as well.
The best solution is to go to a place such as TSC and get a proper
transfer tank, and a pump to go with it. A poly tank is not an viable
option (as Jasprt2 says.)
Realize that even 55 gallons will be heavy, and difficult to move.
Kerosene weighs almost 7 pounds per gallon, so a 55 gallon tank would
hold about 385 pounds of fuel, plus the weight of the container. You
want to handle almost 400 pounds of flammable substance in a plastic
container? (I don't think so!) The weight difference between plastic and
steel is not that great considering the weight of the fuel inside.
TSC, Northern Tool, and a few other companies are your friend here.
James, while the other replies have merit and should be considered, I have
used two plastic 55 gal. drums for hauling K1 oil for several years now.
I haul them on a small 4 x 6 trailer, and use a small 12volt pump
designed to handle fuels, which runs off my car battery, using extended
jumper cables. If you care to send me your email offline, I can send you
some pictures !!
The best place to get these 55 gal containers is at restaurants. All kinds
of liquids are shipped in them, things like orange juice concentrate, other
juices, etc. Call (or better yet, visit) some restaurants, and if you
find a friendly owner or manager, you might pick up several for free.
By all means, do take care, and follow all safety norms and laws.
Carrying fuel on the road in non-approved portable containers is
illegal. Storing it in non-approved containers is unwize at best.
Approved portable Gasoline containers MUST be red.
Approved portable Kerosene containers are generally Yellow or orange.
Kero can be legally carried in a yellow (diesel) container. This is
because the two are so similar as to be safely interchanged. (in most
cases) In North America, BLUE is also water - which makes using blue
for Kerosene a problem.
On 9/10/2011 8:44 PM, email@example.com wrote:
After the last 4-day power outage, I've been looking off and on for some
semi-potable water rated jerry cans, to store 20 or 30 gallons in
basement to bathe and flush toilets with. (I'm on a well, so no power,
no water, once the itty-bitty tank goes flat, which doesn't take long.)
I probably wouldn't drink stored water, but wanted something cleaner
than the water I harvested from the plugged-up gutters last time.
Anyway, nobody has cans around here that don't have Kerosene or Gasoline
or whatever, molded right into the side. Plus, they want an insane price
for them, since they all have to be certified as self-venting, yada yada
yada. Getting tempted to steal some 5-gallon jugs from the water-cooler
guy's cart at work, but finding or making tight lids for those is
(Yes, I know I need a generator, but to do even a minimalist setup for
this house would cost close to a grand, and there is a lot of stuff
higher on the list.)
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