The volume capacity of a 55 gallon drum, which has a diameter of 22.5″ (57.15 cm) and a height of 33.5″ (85 cm), is 58 gallons or 218.4 liters. But how many quarts in a 55 gallon drum ? That’s what we are going to find out.
Drums are not completely filled because a drum needs air ! That is why they are filled with 55 gallons of liquid. Also space is needed for mounting drum pumps and mounted mixing equipment as well as for placing drums on pallets and pallet racks. Although metal drums are quite strong, reinforcing can be applied for handling purposes to increase handling safety.
How many quarts in a 55 gallon drum
A gallon equals 4 US liquid quarts.
So in a 55 gallon drum, there are exactly 220 quarts of liquid.
Drum sizes might vary depending on the manufacturer or the intended application. So in a 55 gallon drum, you may not always have the same quantity of liquid, hence the whole 220 quarts that you should have as a standard. The measure is only theoretical.