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In our last blog post, “Pails: Plastic or Metal, Which One Is Right for You?, we discussed the advantages of using plastic versus metal pails. When it comes to metal pails at JohnPac our sales representative, Chase Browning, has many years of experience with metal pails of all sizes.

Regardless of your needs, Chase can assist with finding the exact metal pail for your uses. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers that will start you on the right foot to finding the perfect product for you.

Interviewer: What are the most common requests for steel pails?

Chase: The most common type of steel pail request I receive is for a 5 gallon non-lined rust inhibitor open head steel pail with a plain or spouted cover.

Interviewer: What would you say are the typical products where steel pails are used?

Chase: The majority of our customers use steel pails to package adhesives, coatings, or grease.

Interviewer: Are there any facts about steel pails that you think more people should know about?

Chase: Steel pails have come a long way over the last few years. The overall design and construction of the pails allow for higher UN ratings to be achieved. Also, stronger handle construction allows for more weight in each pail. It’s incredible to see how far we have come with technology and the ability we have to detect leaks on every pail that is being produced.

Interviewer: Regarding steel pails, what are the typical sizes that you can offer, and are there offerings for UN and non-UN applications?

Chase: JohnPac sells a variety of different sizes. Our typical pail sizes are 3.5 and 5 gallon UN rated pails, but we have the ability to supply sizes 1-7 gallon. We offer both open head and tight head (closed head) pails. JohnPac can also help make your pail stand out from your competition with custom printed pails.

There are multiple advantages to using metal pails!
-Metal pails do not melt in a fire.
-They are great for combustible products.
-Metal is strong. The right metal thickness won’t buckle when stacking heavy products.
-They can withstand an immense amount of pressure.
-They do not leach toxins.
-They do not absorb odors.

When it comes to choosing the right pail, it comes down to several factors. What product is being protected, stored, and transported? Will the product create pressure or gas? Is the product caustic? How will the pails be transported? What environment will the pails be stored? What rating do the pails need to have to meet legal requirements? All of these questions help you decide what the safest way is to protect, transport, and store your product without compromising the product’s quality.

For more information on comparing plastic vs. steel pails, please see the link here.

Have more questions you would like to ask our steel pail expert, Chase, regarding pail products? Call and request Chase at (866) 916-2247. You can also complete the Contact Us or Request a Quote form to ask your questions at We look forward to assisting you.


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