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Old 11-02-2006, 03:01 AM   #1
Aug 2006
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I'm trying to locate a source for 55 gallon stainless steel drums.

I've been asking everyone I run into, that might possibly be able to point me in the right general direction. so far I have had no luck.

One guy told me....at a previous place of employment they stored used anti freeze in 55 gallon stainless drums. When I asked where they obtained them he said he didn't know, and that they just had them there.

Brand New drums are a bit expensive.

I haven't priced out fabrication yet, might or might not be an option.

E-bay comes to mind, but then I haven't a clue what was in the drum before I got it. If I order a drum from some where else I could still have the same issue.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

DOH I just found this thread:


morebeer seems reasonable. even after the shipping, lol.

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Old 11-02-2006, 01:26 PM   #2
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try lab safety supply. I buy various sizes from them for work but these items are not cheap. I'll try to find a contact name and post it later. There was a thread about two weeks ago and someone posted a cheaper vendor. search the equipment forum. Good luck
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:30 PM   #3
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I saw a 100 gallon one not very long ago (within two or three days), but I can't remember if it was Craigslist or eBay. Looked kinda nasty, though, and I don't think they said what was in it previously. I wanna say that they were looking for about a grand for it.
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Old 11-02-2006, 09:31 PM   #4
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buy-it now for $200....he has 20 or 50 of them

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Old 11-03-2006, 09:55 PM   #5
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Try ths place:


Search 55 gallon tank and I think several should come up. You run into the prior use issue with these as well, although in my lab we only use these tanks for hot water.


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Old 11-04-2006, 08:09 PM   #6
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Check out www.heritage-equipment.com. They've always got stainless tanks in all different sizes, shapes, and prices.
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Old 04-23-2010, 07:20 AM   #7
Mar 2010
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I have not found any used 55 gal drums locally or on line.

any suggestions for USED sources. i can not swing the 600 bucks new...


looking to modify to a conical fermenter by welding a cone onto it...

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Old 04-25-2010, 04:14 PM   #8
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Wow, just do a Google search!


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Old 04-26-2010, 02:55 PM   #9
Mar 2010
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Thanks Sheperd5 for replying. These are about $531 and ship from OH or Chicago. I had looked at that site and they do look nice but appear to be NEW.

I am looking for USED and local in the San Francisco Bay Area reagion...hoping someone on the forum might be able to suggest a source or salvalge company that sells those used coke a cola Stainless steel Drums...

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Old 04-26-2010, 03:18 PM   #10
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You could try these guys. They seem to have 4 of them.


Here is another one. Straight sides. A little beat up but to me that means cheaper. I might actually look at a few of these.

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