Many in the pallet industry would reflexively answer four. That's because 48x48 drum pallets can easily hold four 55 gallon drums without hanging over.
Everything from caustic chemicals to the raw ingredients used in the food we eat moves in 55 gallon drums. So, it should come as no surprise that the 48x48 drum pallet is the second most popular pallet size in the US. Popular? Yes. The only solution? Far from it.
Pallet Sizes for 55 Gallon Drums
It doesn't matter if your drums are holding orange juice concentrate or automotive lubricants, measurements matter. Make sure you're paying attention to those outside dimensions. Also, there's a good chance there will be spills. Choose easy-to-clean plastic drum pallets for long life in these sizes:
Barrels and Other Drum Sizes
So far we have only talked about 55 gallon drums, but many sizes exist. There are 30 gallon wooden barrels used for warehousing beers and spirits. Wine fermented and aged in stainless steel drums include 16 and 25 gallon sizes in addition to 55 gallons. No matter what size barrel or drum you use, there are pallets capable of storing, stacking and transporting your specific drum size. There are even opportunities to swap your barrel racks for pallets to save storage space.
And, finally, a little schooling. Did you know that the 55-gallon drum we know so well in the US is actually called a 44-gallon drum in other parts of the world. Why the difference? The drum is actually 200 liters in size. A US conversion rounds to 55 gallons, but the conversion to imperial gallons (used in places like the UK and Canada) makes it 44 gallons. Exact capacities can vary depending on construction. Interesting, right?
Need help figuring out the best plastic pallet for your drums? Tell us about your product and drum storage below or get in touch.
Post by: Mike Cunneen, Director of Sales & Marketing
Call Us: (410) 477-3000
Headquartered in Baltimore since 1918 Nelson Company is a trusted source for pallets & packaging materials.
Is your packaging system costing more than it should? Find out how you can start saving with an analysis from Nelson Technical Center.
Our own web-based software for reverse distribution. Nelson-ART™ manages the entire life-cycle of your packaging assets.