Asked by: Galo Moutaoukil
asked in category: General Last Updated: 25th April, 2020

What is a blue barrel?

Standard Oil began manufacturing 42 gallon barrels that were blue to be used for transporting petroleum. The use of a blue barrel, abbreviated "bbl," guaranteed a buyer that this was a 42-gallon barrel.

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Simply so, what are blue barrels used for?

Plastic barrels are versatile storage containers that help you keep shipping costs low. These bright blue vessels can be used to transport all kinds of products and materials, from food to industrial lubricants.

Subsequently, question is, why is a barrel 42 gallons? Soon after America's first commercial oil well of 1859, a small group met in northwestern Pennsylvania and decided a 42-gallon barrel was best for transporting their oil. By the 1860s, barges floated barrels of oil down the Allegheny River to Pittsburgh to be refined into a highly demanded product – kerosene for lamps.

Keeping this in view, what are blue barrels made of?

Plastic barrels are made from high density, high molecular weight polyethylene (HDPE). Polyethylene is an excellent material because it is inert and resistant to high or low pH contents.

Are all blue barrels food grade?

We use blue barrels for one key reason: blue is the industry standard food-grade. The blue HDPE plastic is also naturally UV resistant. While these barrels do come in a few other colors, other colors are not necessarily food-grade, and are more likely to have contained toxics.

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