How Many Cubic Yards In A 55 Gallon Drum?


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55 gallons of water would weigh  55x 8.33lbs./gal  = 458.15 lbs Divide by  62.4 lbs per cubic foot (weight of one cf of water)  = 7.34 cf Divide by 27 = 0.27 cubic yards  or about 0.3 cubic yards.  That sounds low but if you consider a drum approx. 2 feet in diameter by about 3.0 feet tall (Wik says 23 inches by 35 inches), it would have a volume of about 7 cubic feet, divided by 27 would be 0.25 or 0.3 cy. (similar to calculation with water-above).  Or, about 3 and 1/3 drums full to make a cubic yard.

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