A typical 55-gallon drum measures approximately 23.3 x 34.9 inches. However, keep in mind that the exact measurements may vary slightly by manufacturer and the material of the drum.
Other common drum sizes include 14, 15, 20 and 53 gallons. These drums are ideal for use with food products, hazardous waste and other solid materials with easy handling, and most are equipped with a lever-locking closure ring for safety. While traditional 55-gallon drums are made of steel, plastic drums have become increasingly common as a lightweight, yet durable alternative. Plastic drums are also UV-protected and rust-proof, offering an extended life compared to a steel drum.