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Revitalizing Your Shipping Containers: A Comprehensive Guide To Reconditioned Drums

In today’s economy, businesses are constantly seeking ways to improve efficiency. An effective area to achieve this is through packaging - specifically, by considering the reuse of shipping containers. If you find yourself with an abundance of used shipping barrels, you might be pondering their potential for reutilization. With the right conditions and a bit of effort, reusing these barrels is not only possible but also beneficial.

This article dives in on reconditioning barrels. We examine how reconditioning differs based on the type of barrel or container. We also also offer guidance on whether or not reconditioning fits your operational needs. Aside from being a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution, there are lots of advantages to opting for reconditioned drums.


The Advantages of Reconditioned Drums

Opting for reconditioned shipping barrels presents several benefits for eco- and budget-conscious businesses:

  • Certain barrel types can be easily refurbished using standardized methods.

  • Even minimal reconditioning efforts can lead to substantial financial savings.

  • Reusing barrels significantly reduces environmental waste.

  • Modern shipping barrels are robust enough to withstand multiple uses if properly maintained.

  • Managing your barrel reconditioning can streamline your logistics.

These perks have popularized the use of reconditioned barrels in a variety of sectors. But what exactly does barrel reconditioning entail? Let's explore.


A 55 gallon drum, exaggerated in size for dramatic effect, undergoing the reconditioning process.
A 55 gallon drum, exaggerated in size for dramatic effect, undergoing the reconditioning process.

Understanding the Reconditioning Process

Reconditioning a shipping container varies depending on the material it's made from.

Steel Drums

Steel containers require the most effort to refurbish. We use different procedures for open and closed head drums.

  • OPEN HEAD: Dallas Steel Drums employs a meticulous process for [open head steel drums]( that includes high-temperature incineration to eliminate residues, followed by pneumatic reshaping and detailed cleaning to remove any lingering debris.

  • CLOSED HEAD: Closed head models undergo thorough interior and exterior cleansing using steam and potent cleaning agents. We convert drums that previously contained specific substances into open head versions to facilitate cleaning.

We test every drum to ensure it meets stringent leak protection standards set by the UN.

Plastic Containers

The refurbishment of plastic drums is a simpler process that involves alternating soaking and pressurized cleaning to ensure thorough interior washing, drying, and subsequent leak testing.

IBC Totes

We inspect and repair the metal framework of IBC totes. We clean their internal plastic compartment using a method akin to that used for plastic drums. Each component is then scrutinized for structural soundness.

Fiberboard Containers

Only fiber drums with an internal liner can undergo reconditioning, which involves cleansing the liner in a way that mirrors the plastic drum and IBC cleaning processes.


Before you set your sights on reconditioning your barrels, consider several critical factors to determine if it's the right move for your operations.

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Discover Dallas Steel Drums' reconditioned barrels and learn how they offer an efficient, cost-effective solution for your shipping needs. Whether you're in the market for steel, plastic, or fiberboard containers, understanding the reconditioning process can significantly impact your business’s operational success and environmental footprint.

Through revitalizing your shipping containers, Dallas Steel Drums demonstrates a commitment not only to environmental stewardship but also to offering practical, cost-effective solutions for businesses navigating the complexities of modern logistics and sustainability.


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