Steel Drums - Open Top and Tight Head Drum Range

Here at ITP Packaging we offer a range of open top and tight head steel drums. If you don’t see the drum you require on our site please contact us as we could still find a solution for you.

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Steel drums are one of the most popular packaging solutions in the world. This universally recognised storage solution is durable, versatile, cost-effective and reusable, making it the number one choice for a wide range of industries.

There are two primary types of steel drums for sale: open top steel drums and tight head steel drums. Both are used for packaging, storing and transporting goods in a safe and secure way, but they’re manufactured to meet different demands and requirements.

Each type of drum has different benefits and drawbacks. Some are also available with different features, while some are particularly suited for transporting and storing specific goods. Some drums are built for fantastically secure containment, some drums are built for amazing durability and longevity, and some are built for ease of transport and storage.

Our expert team of industrial packaging professionals is ready to help you find the best drums for your storage needs, be it steel drums, plastic drums, fibre drums or intermediate bulk containers (IBCs). With our amazingly wide range of steel drums for sale, you’re sure to find the solution for your packaging needs.

Our Range of Steel Drums

Steel drums are found throughout plants and factories in different industries across the United Kingdom. In fact, the distinctive spherical shape of the steel drum, with its reinforced hoops and industrial design, is a sight found across the world.

Their popularity comes from their versatility and durability, with UN-rated drums being well suited to safely store everything from hazardous waste to foodstuff. Steel drums can be used for bulk storage over long periods of time, transport of goods, waste collection and much more.

ITP Packaging stocks several UN-rated steel drum varieties available for individual or bulk purchases, including open top steel drums, closed top and tight head steel drums, and steel drums with bottom discharge. We offer UN-approved drums with an internal lacquer lining to safely contain both liquid and solid materials. Made from strong steel, they are often used to contain and transport dangerous materials.

Open Top Steel Drums

Open top steel drums, also commonly known as open head steel drums, have a removable lid that can be taken off in order to facilitate the quick filling or emptying of the barrel. The removable lid is then secured to the top of the steel drum through heavy-duty clamps, security seals or industrial levers.

This means that when the steel drum is in storage or transit, the goods are held safely inside with the danger of spills minimised. Open top steel drums are quick and easy to fill, and they’re typically utilised when semi-solids or solids need to be stored in large quantities.

Tight Head Steel Drums

Tight head steel drums, also known as closed top steel drums, have a permanent covering that cannot be removed. Rather than having a removable lid, the drum is filled by pouring liquid into the barrel through a small, round hole in the top. This opening is then sealed with a bung or similar covering.

Tight head steel drums are more difficult to fill and empty when compared to open top steel drums, but they offer a more secure form of storage. The danger of spills and accidents is much lower when using tight head steel drums, which is why they’re popular for transporting liquids and hazardous materials.

Steel Drum with Bottom Discharge

The third type of steel drum is equipped with a bottom discharge allowing liquids to be quickly emptied from the barrel. This steel drum typically has a nozzle or small bung hole, which can be sealed up when goods are in storage or transit. Bottom discharge drums feature an open top covering which also ensures that it’s quick and easy to fill the barrel, as well as quick and easy to discharge its contents. 

Our 210-Litre Steel Drums

We supply these three different kinds of steel drums, all of which come in the same 210-litre size as standard. Steel drums are fantastically durable, offering excellent lifetime value and being suitable for transporting a wide range of different goods. The three varieties of 210-litre steel drums we supply are:


Open Top Steel Drums:

  • Open top – supplied with lid and latch ring
  • Internally lacquer lined
  • 2 inch and 3/4 inch bungs in the lid
  • UN-approved for liquids and solids


Tight Head Steel Drums:

  • Tight head – closed top
  • Internally lacquer lined
  • UN-approved for liquids and solids


Steel Drum With Bottom Discharge:

  • Internally lacquer lined
  • 2 inch and 3/4 inch bungs in the lid
  • UN approved for liquids and solids
  • 2″ bottom discharge opening


What Are the Dimensions of a Steel Drum?

The internal dimensions of a standard drum are 572mm in diameter (22.5 inches) and 851mm in height (33.5 inches). The external dimensions of a drum are around 584mm (23 inches) in diameter and 876mm (34.5 inches) in height. These measurements can vary slightly depending on the drum.

Accessories for Steel Drums

In our catalogue not only will you be able to explore our wide range of drums, but you’ll be able to find everything you need for a comprehensive packaging, transporting and storing solution. From drum liners to drum covers and round bottom liners, we stock everything you need to package your goods securely and affordably.

The team at ITP Packaging believes that it’s incredibly important to keep expanding and adding to our fantastic catalogue of products. We’re always looking out for the latest products and packaging solutions, and we keep an ear to the ground when it comes to customer demand. More than once we’ve ended up adding packaging products to our catalogue simply because of customer requests, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact ITP Packaging Today to Order Your Steel Drums

Our expert team of industrial packaging experts is ready to help you. If you need to discuss your steel drum requirements, can’t decide between an open-top or tight-head drum, or simply want to learn more about potential industrial packaging solutions, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We have a comprehensive range of steel drums for sale, in addition to an impressive stock of plastic drums, IBCs, cardboard boxes and other popular industrial packaging items. For complete peace of mind when storing and transporting products, speak to ITP Packaging.

Contact us today to place your order for steel drums.

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