# How much weight will a 55 gallon drum float in water?

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GuyB231 year ago

how much weight will 10 -15 gallon barrels hold?

How much weight does it take to sink a 55 gallon barrel?

lemonie8 years ago
US gal = 3.785 L, total volume, is the 208 you calculated. That gives you a displacement of 200 Kg shall we say?, or the 441Lbs you calculated.
That's it.

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NachoMahma8 years ago
.  ~ 8.33 pounds/gallon minus the weight of the barrel
miner1 (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
I got about 441lbs. for the 55 gallon drum
Jayefuu8 years ago
That's 250 litres. You can use Archimedes' principle which states "A body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the displaced fluid". In other words, how much water will the barrel displace, how much will the displaced water weigh?

That should allow you to work it out, I didn't just want to do it for you.
miner1 (author)  Jayefuu8 years ago
I get about 208 liters out of 55 gallons.
Thanks for the info