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Drums - Barrels - 205 litre Drums - Chemical Drums

Drums and barrels

DENIOS offers a wide variety of drums for every requirement. Wide-necked drums are manufactured out of high-quality plastic and are ideally suited for the storage of solids and pastes. Steel drums are available in volumes of either 60 or 205 litres and are UN-approved. The large opening of the plastic, UN-approved open top drum makes filling easier. The clamping ring protects against spillage or contamination of the contents.

Plastic open top drums are available in volumes of either 60 or 220 litres. L-ring drums are manufactured out of environmentally friendly polyethylene. Safety drums with a volume of 245 litres are resistant to acids, alkalis and many abrasive chemicals.

Steel open top drums are untreated on the inside and painted on the outside and are UN-approved for solid materials.

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Types of drum handling

Wide-mouth drums, for example, are made of high-quality plastic and are ideal for the storage of solids and pastes. Steel barrels for liquid substances have ported openings. They are opened with lids, which usually require special tools for their opening.

Steel drums in sizes from 6 to 220 litres capacity are standard. DENIOS offers in its assortment the most common container sizes of 60 and 220 litres. Both sizes are UN-approved and are therefore suitable for the transport of hazardous substances.

Tension ring drums are also very common in the industry. The clamping ring is good for closing the cover. It thus serves as protection against spills or contamination of the contents. Lid barrels are available with volumes of 30, 60, 120 or 220 litres. 

Drum management


A damaged drum is a risk and has to be secured accordingly. The GHS symbol provides an initial insight into how the content affects the environment or the user. In principle, one should not take any risks when securing damaged barrels. Safety drums are constructed for this purpose.

The DENIOS range includes safety drums with a capacity of 245 or 360 liters. Both sizes are available with screw caps or clamping ring covers. Safety drums offer these advantages:

  • Resistant to acids, alkalis and many other aggressive chemicals
  • Large opening for easy adjustment of drums



Possible applications of safety drums are all areas where drums are moved, stored or transported, for example in ports, freight forwarders or disposal companies.

Lifting and moving barrels

A filled 200-liter barrel can weigh 300 kg and more. Even two employees can not move such large loads.

Here, professional handling tools such as barrel lifters are used. For long distances within the workshop halls, fork-lift attachments are available. These are installed directly on stackers and can be made available quickly if required.

There is a wide range of accessories available in the DENIOS shop. Barrels, funnel, fill level indicators, barrel taps or earth cables are only to be mentioned as examples. The issue of leakage and barrel safety is also not neglected.

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Chemical Drums & Barrels

At DENIOS UK, we aim to meet all your workplace storage needs with our range of high-quality plastic and steel drums. These are suitable for storing viscous liquids, pastes and loose solids, and we stock a wide range of drum handling equipment to help you use them as efficiently as possible.

All of the drums and polyethylene barrels in our range are UN approved, so as long as you use them appropriately, you can be confident about compliance with environmental protection regulations.

When purchasing drums, you will need to make sure that they are properly suited for the substances that you intend to store, that they are of sufficient capacity, and that they have the right sized openings for your purposes. You should also ensure that the lid type you choose strikes the right balance between security and ease of access. Some drum lids incorporate valves to prevent gas from building up inside them and creating a pressure-related explosion risk.

Types of drums

We stock UN approved drums manufactured from steel and designed for the storage of liquids or solid materials. They have ported openings and therefore usually require tools to open, providing an extra layer of security. Untreated on the inside, they are painted on the outside and are available in 60 litre or 205 litre sizes. Because they meet UN standards, these drums are suitable for use with all the standard equipment used in the industry, minimising the risk of accidents.

Our polyethylene drums have wide openings, making them easy to fill – even when you’re working at speed. They’re designed to store solids or pastes. Some of them incorporate L-rings, which help to secure their covers. PE drums with tension rings or clamping rings are easy to secure in position, reducing the risk of spillage or contamination when they’re being transported. They are also an environmentally friendly option. Choose from lidded barrels with 30, 60, 120 or 220 litre capacities.

We also stock a range of safety drums. Using a chemical barrel like this means that you can safely store acids, alkalis and many different kinds of corrosive chemicals. These have a capacity of 245 or 360 litres and are available with clamping ring covers or screw caps. They have large openings, allowing plenty of room for filling and reducing the risk of spillage.

Drum management

At DENIOS UK, we stock a range of drum pumps and related accessories to help you manage the contents of the drums with which you work.

When drums contain hazardous substances, additional precautions must be taken in all areas where they are stored, lifted or moved. In order to stay in line with work safety regulations, you will need to signpost these areas and make sure that workers wear appropriate protective clothing.

If a drum is found to be damaged, its GHS symbol should immediately be checked to identify the risk that its contents pose to the environment and to people coming into contact with them. It should be treated as a risk and secured by experienced workers taking maximum precautions. Using safety drums to store dangerous chemicals significantly reduces the risk that you will have to deal with a situation of this type.

Uncertified drums should never be used, and drums that have been dented or have been damaged by rust or other forms of corrosion should be taken out of use.

Lifting and moving barrels

Although 60 litre drums can often be carried over short distances, a fully filled 205 litre drum can weigh as much as 300 kg, making it unsafe to simply lift and carry even if two workers approach the task together. This means that it’s essential to use specialist drum lifting equipment.

Manual lifting can be managed with the use of trolleys, which slide under barrels and tilt them into position. This should obviously not be attempted if a barrel is open or otherwise at risk of spilling its contents. In that case, it should be lifted using a forklift truck with the appropriate attachments, either from above or using gripping arms designed to avoid tilting.

Moving a steel or PE barrel over a long distance poses a risk even if manual lifting equipment is used, especially if it needs to be done repeatedly. Damage caused to the body by this type of injury can be slow to develop and therefore hard to spot before it becomes serious. For this reason, forklifts should always be used when a drum has to be moved like this. They are also essential when moving drums to or from elevated storage positions.