Steel Drum

Steel drum parts, closures and accessories from Con-Tech

Steel drums are an essential American industry for which buyers carefully assess every detail. Steel drums in various sizes and configurations have many practical uses in industry. They also have been used in many other ways including as housing supports, musical instruments, rain barrels and barbeque drums.

Long Time Steel Drum Industry Supplier for Various Products, Parts, and Closures

For almost forty years, Con-Tech procurement outsourcing has provided the steel drum industry with reliable, cost-effective security through a wide variety of products, parts and closures essential to the production of both open and closed head drums. We service a multi-national with 180 global sites in manufacturing, reconditioning, recycling and reselling industrial containers. We also sell to numerous domestic manufacturers with complete lines of new cold-rolled steel drums.

Exclusive Technocraft Supplier to the Americas

Con-Tech is the exclusive 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, producing Tite-Seal™ plugs and Tite-Seal™ flanges, related steel drum closures and accessories. And the FreezePro™ Frost Protection Systems can be found on a variety of steel drums.

Extensive Steel Circle Blank Inventory

Con-Tech also has been proud to provide the steel drum industry with an extensive range of steel circle blanks from a variety of world-class steel circle blank suppliers all over the world, many of whom are ISO certified, as well as varied domestic steel suppliers and blanking facilities.  These mills have been chosen as suppliers based on their ability to guarantee the highest quality and lowest cost available anywhere.

Various Sizes Of Cold Rolled Sheet Steel Supplied

In addition, our cold rolled sheet steel is provided to the steel drum industry by various, domestic and foreign world-class steel producers, many of whom are ISO certified. These mills have been chosen as suppliers based on their ability to guarantee the highest quality and lowest cost available anywhere.

Products and services provided to the steel drum industry include but are not limited to:

How Can Con-Tech Help You?

Con-Tech can supply all of your steel drum part requirements. Click the RFQ button, email info@con-techinternational.com or call us at 1-504-523-4785 for more information. Tell us what you need and we will save you time and money.


Did You Know?

Cost-effective, versatile and environmentally-friendly, steel drums are a favored means of secure packaging as they can handle temperature and other environmental extremes without leakage. The 55-gallon container is a descendant of the wooden barrel used as early as the 3rd century AD. In fact, the ancient craft of barrel practiced by coopers making water-tight, wooden vessels held together by nothing more than the hoops that surround them continued into modern times.

In fact, Con-Tech founder Robert G. Evans Jr. descended from a long line of coopers.  His Great Uncle Charles Evans was president of Chickasaw Barrel Company in New Orleans, where Robbie’s grandfather started as a cooper. He then converted his backyard stables into his own cooperage, where he purchased and repaired secondhand wooden barrels collected by wagon. Robbie’s dad worked there, at Chickasaw, and then formed Evans Cooperage Company. There Robbie, his twin brother, and his sister learned about manufacturing, reconditioning and filling steel drums. From the age of twelve, Robbie assumed various tasks at Evans, where he rose to the position of Vice President, eventually serving at Evans locations in Louisiana, Texas, and Missouri. Robbie graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management in 1976 and founded Con-Tech International in 1983.

FAQ

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.