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Deciding on the Right Steel Pail

  • What is going to be inside? Will contents be FDA regulated or perhaps hazardous?
  • Need a closed-head or open-head pail? Can contents be scooped, poured or pumped?
  • What capacity is needed – sizes range from 9 quarts to 7 gallons

Product Compatibilty

If the product is hazardous and you are unsure about the compatibility of the material to be contained, contact our Customer Service Experts toll-free at 1-800-776-3786 or start a chat below.
If the product to be contained in the pail or bucket is FDA regulated, you need to choose an FDA Compliant product.  You can use the filters at the left side of the screen to help you see FDA Compliant products.

Stainless Steel Pails

BASCO stainless steel pails feature welded, seamless construction which helps eliminate crevices that could harbor bacteria.  Often chosen for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries, these pails are sturdy, 304 stainless steel. Our selection of stainless steel pails includes a range of styles and sizes.

FDA Approved Containers

If the product you will be storing or shipping is regulated by the FDA, you must choose an FDA Compliant container. For help finding FDA Approved containers, use the product filters along the left side of your screen – simple click on the “FDA Compliant” product filter and the available products will be shown.

Closed-head vs. Open-head Pails

The lids for closed-head (tight-head) pails are not removable. Closed-head pails are generally used to hold liquids which will be poured or dispensed (e.g., with a pump or pour spout).

The lids for open-head pails are removable. The cover is included on some items. They can accommodate a cover with no opening (e.g., Lug Cover  LC26RI-B) or with an opening  (e.g., for a Flexspout®).  Check the product specifications for each item being considered to see if it is closed-head or open-head and what is included or needs to be ordered separately.

Tamper Evident Caps

Need to know if someone has opened a container? BASCO offers products to help you maintain your security measures. For example, the Flexspout®Closure for Plastic and Steel Pails (order #FSII) allows you to see if a pail has been opened. Contact our Customer Service Experts to help you with specific issues you might have regarding product control and security.

Shipping 5 Gallon Steel Pails

If you will be shipping 5 gallon, steel pails, consider using our Ergo-Pak Shipping Boxes. You can avoid the “Additional Handling Charge” for unboxed pails from FedEX or UPS.

UN-Rated Steel Pails

BASCO offers a range of UN-Rated steel pails. Some are also FDA Compliant. Contact our Customer Service Experts for assistance.

Questions? Contact our Customer Service Experts toll free at 1-800-776-3786, or email us here.