Stainless Steel Drum Closures

stainless steel drum closures

Stainless Drum Plugs

 As the exclusive representative in the Americas for Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd., an ISO 9002 certified supplier, Con-Tech’s procurement outsourcing provides stainless steel drum closures and accessories. Con-Tech supplies these drum closures in 304 and 316 stainless steel and other stainless steel closure options, including Tite Seal™ stamped drum closures, machined stainless steel flanges (used with Tite Seal™ plugs), and forged plugs and flanges for nitric acid drums.

Stainless steel drums, recyclable, rust, and corrosion-resistant durable barrel containers can typically withstand high temperatures. Stainless steel is used in innumerable applications and industries: marine and shipbuilding, industrial containers,  bulk materials handling equipment, building exteriors and roofing, automobile components, chemical processing plants, pulp and paper manufacturing, petroleum refining, water supply piping, consumer products, , pollution control, sporting goods, food handling, storing, cooking, and serving equipment and transportation, to name just a few. As an iron-containing alloy—a substance made up of two or more chemical elements—it is stain and rust resistant with more than 57 stainless steels recognized as standard alloys, in addition to many proprietary alloys produced by different stainless steel producers.

The steel drum market is projected to grow 4.27% between 2021 to 2028 with North America dominating the market due in part to increased demand for food. Whether carbon steel or stainless steel, steel drums are highly sought-after as a packaging solution across various industries as they are recyclable, safe, cost-effective, easy to handle, and with excellent fire resistance properties. Stainless steel drums last longer and are not prone to rust or contamination. They are also durable, impart no flavor to wine and are easy to clean making them a favorite of winemakers.

The Con-Tech Difference

Con-Tech’s procurement outsourcing provides closures and accessories for stainless steel drums which, unlike other forms of industrial packaging, come in a variety of sizes and can package both liquid and dry items including hazardous materials. Weldable, machined metal closures are available for use with stainless steel food drums, stainless steel fragrance drums, and stainless steel specialty chemical drums. Additionally, we make special application flanges, such as the buttress thread flanges used with the Entegris dip tube. This closure system is designed for drums in which high purity chemicals are stored and transported.

Con-Tech is the exclusive stainless steel drum closure and accessory supplier in the Americas for Technocraft Industries (India) Ltd., an ISO 9002 certified worldwide industrial company known for manufacturing excellence in stainless steel drum closures and accessories. Tite-Seal™ stainless steel drum closures and accessories including Tite-Seal™ plugs and Tite-Seal™ flanges are used throughout the world wherever 55-gallon stainless steel drums are made.

For more information about Con-Tech drum closures and accessories, click the RFQ button, email or call us at 1-504-523-4785.


A Closed Head Drum is a drum in which the top or head of the drum is separate from the body of the drum. Lids of closed head drums are secured with wings.

A Tight Head Drum is a drum in which the top or head of the drum is permanently attached to the body.

Rolling hoops are the ribs at both the top and bottom of a barrel as well as at each third of the barrel’s height.

The 55-gallon steel drum holds an average of 55 gallons or 208 liters of material, though the exact amount varies with the exact composition and design of the barrel.

Typically, a 55-gallon steel drum is 33.5 in/851 mm tall with a standard diameter of 22.5 in/572 mm, though some designs may be narrower and taller.

The particulars of each drum can vary. The industry standard thickness of the steel is between 0.9 and 1.5 mm (20-16 gauge steel) although some steel drums can be made with walls as thin as 0.6 mm (24 gauge).

Steel drum contents may vary from chemicals, food, oil, water and wine, to nuclear waste. Given their structural integrity, steel drum may store or transport bulk liquids, powders and solids, as well as hazardous materials.

The reconditioning thickness for steel drums is the minimum gauge set by federal regulators for reconditioning or recycling of steel drums. As of now, steel drums constructed for re-use (per CFR 173.28) must have minimum wall thicknesses of 0.92 mm or 20 gauge.

Steel drum life is the number of times a steel drum can be reconditioned or recycled. A steel drum may be reconditioned up to six times and maintain its certification depending upon the thickness of the steel and the propriety of its handling and reconditioning.

Did You Know?

World War I tripled the fledgling steel drum industry to more than 30 manufacturers by the end of the war. By the late 1930s, the 55-gallon, 18-gauge steel drum was an essential container. Demand boosted production and fostered innovation. In 1905, the American Steel Barrel Company, with Nellie Bly at its helm, was awarded the first patent for the straight-sided 55-gallon drum.