How Much Does an Empty 55-Gallon Drum Weigh?

The weight of an empty 55-gallon drum depends on what it is made of and how big it is. Empty 55-gallon metal drums weigh about 40 pounds, while empty 55-gallon plastic drums weigh only half as much.

A 55-gallon drum doesn’t have a set weight. Its weight depends on its size and what it’s made of. About 20 pounds is how much a 55-gallon plastic drum weighs. For example, each 55-gallon closed-head drum from Granite Environmental weighs 22.2 pounds.

The Lexington Container Company makes steel drums with a 23-inch diameter that are closed and weigh between 34 and 38 pounds each. 55-gallon drums from the same company that are not lined and have a 24-inch diameter weigh 44 pounds each.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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