Using the Proper Type of Barrel for Your Company

Using the proper type of barrel for your company, whether it is Steel barrels, plastic barrels, or fiber barrels, are suitable for various commercial and industrial processes. These include storing, packaging, and the  safe shipment of products. However, each kind of barrel offer particular advantages due to the material used in making them.

Poly barrels are manufactured from high density, high molecular weight polyethylene (HDPE) materials. Steel drums are made using carbon and stainless steel materials, and are used for operations that required durability and strength. Fiber drums are made of wound paper, with the interior lined with poly or foil materials for added product protection.

anatomy of a drumFurthermore, the durability and strength of the drum largely depend on the material used for making them. Asides that, some of the barrels are more suitable for particular products or operations. The following are some things to consider before purchasing your drums or barrels. This will help ensure that you are using the proper type of barrel for your application.

The Durability of the Material

If your company is using the drum for operations that require strength, durability and fire resistance, steel barrels are the best option. Compared to fiber barrels and plastic barrels, steel drums can handle higher weight capacities and can better withstand blunt forces. They are suitable for operations that require more resistance to heat or exposure to extreme weather conditions.

Corrosion Resistance

Another factor to consider is corrosion resistance. Fiber barrels can be resistant to corrosion. The fiber drums have the interior portion coated with a poly or a foil lining. This provides better resistance to corrosion. Plastic drums are corrosion resistant to many chemicals as well.

Type of Product

Plastic Barrels for SaleIn addition, it is important to consider the type of products you are using the drum for before choosing it. Fortunately, all three drums are suitable for storing, containing, and transporting solid, dry, liquid, semi-liquid products.


Fiber barrels are made from paper materials. Hence, they are very light, compared to plastic and steel barrels. Hence, fiber barrels are perfect to help your company save cost of shipping or freight charges.

There you have it! Above are a couple of tips to help you select the ideal barrel for your commercial or industrial operations. At Youngstown Barrel & Drum we have an extensive selection of high quality, industry-standard steel barrels, plastic barrels, and fiber barrels. Our drums are suitable for your commercial and industrial packaging, containment, and storage needs.