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The Most Exciting Uses for a 55 Gallon Drum

Unless you own an automatic drum filling machine, chances are that you don’t think you have any use for an old 55-gallon drum or large barrel. Well, you would be wrong. There are so many useful things that you can do with them that you’ll want to find more of them so you can do more projects. Take a look at these suggestions, then have fun making them.

Rain Barrel

One of the most popular uses for large barrels is to use them for rain harvesting. It is easy to implement, saves on water bills and the rainwater is better for plants. Premade rain barrels can be expensive, so it can be cost-effective to make if you happen to have an unused drum handy. 


You can make a compost bin out of a barrel to help strengthen the soil in your garden. Composting can also cut down what goes to the landfill. You can do a super-simple compost holder by cutting off the bottom of the barrel to hold the clippings and kitchen waste. If you are feeling handy, you can create a frame and mount the barrel in it to make a rotating compost bin


Turn large metal drums into furniture. By making a few well-placed cuts, you can create everything from outdoor patio furniture to a child’s bed. Use some brightly colored metal paint, and you can have a chair and table. 

BBQ Grill

Another popular use for 55-gallon steel drums is for making smokers or grills. There are many tutorials and videos on the internet that give step by step instructions on how to prepare the barrel and assemble the grill or smoker. Follow the instructions and, before you know it, you’ll have a heavy-duty grill at a fraction of the retail price. 

About Emma Gilbert

Working in the marketing industry since 2002. This blog is one of my hobbies.

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