Originally Posted by seattlepitboss
I just wanted to post that today I cut into a 55-gallon drum to make a cooking rack soaker out of one end, and I measured the wall thickness as 19 gauge steel. That's .042" thick. This is handy info for anyone planning to weld to this material. I don't know if all drums are made from the same gauge sheet, however.
After a little more research, I have found out that drums come in 19, 18 or 16 gauge steel. The 16 ga. has nearly 50% more steel than the 19 ga. drum. Maybe that's why some drums hold temp better than others?