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The Confusion Between Food Grade and Food Safe Plastic Barrels.

Part of the confusion is that both types of drums are made from high density polyethylene (HDPE), a material that is designated as "food safe" by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Food Safe means that it is safe for you to consume food and water products that have come in contact with food safe HDPE. Food safe HDPE is OK for a variety of uses, such as cutting boards for food preparation, playground equipment, barrels for rain water collection, and yes, even for chemical containers. The versatility of polyethylene has made it one of the world's most popular plastics.

New Food Grade plastic, on the other hand, is deemed acceptable for the long term storage of food and liquids. Once the barrel has been used, that certification is no longer approved as such, which is why you will never see the words "Food Grade" embedded into the plastic of a 55-60 gallon barrel. If you're concerned about harmful chemicals leaching into your stored products, my suggestion would be to purchase white barrels as the white pigment used in the manufacturing of such barrels is Titanium Dioxide, found in many food products as well as sunscreens and toothpaste.

All recycled barrels offered by The Rainbarrel Man Company are designated Food Safe by the FDA as are their previous contents, namely DMSO. The exterior of all our barrels has been pressure washed to remove stickers and labels, etc., and the interior has been steam cleaned for complete sterilization.

Lever Valve
Ball Valve

Standard Drum
Screw Valve


Recycled Barrels


      • Holds 60 gallons
      • Made of HDPE (high density polyethylene)
      • Rugged and corrosion resistant
      • Closed head drum with 2" bungs
      • Color: black
      • 34 3/4 H x 23 1/4 W

We use both ball valve and screw valve brass spigots on our recycled plastic barrels. The ball valve spigot is lever controlled, has a stronger flow, and is easier to open and close. The screw valve spigot has a wheel handle, medium flow, and takes longer to open and close.

$85 With screen, overflow, and screw valve spigot
$70 With lever-controlled ball valve spigot
$60 With conventional screw valve spigot
$30 Without spigot

We mount the ball valve spigot using a bulk head fitting and the screw valve spigot is compressed on using a specialized insertion tool and pipe nut inside the drum.

Special Note: As winter approaches, barrels with the ball valve spigot should be drained with the spigot left open in preparation for a cold snap.

Bung Wrench

Use this Bung Wrench to unscrew or tighten 3/4" and 2" bung caps on most plastic barrels. You can also use the other end to shut off your gas line if needed.

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Bung Wrench

Watersaver Diverter

Rainbarrel Stand

Add a WaterSaver Diverter to connect to a downspout, or a Debris Screen and Overflow if you want to use a rain chain.


Debris Screen

12.25 in. OD x 11.25 in. ID
Screen $15


Overflow Hose

12 ft. x 1 1/2 in. Dia.
Overflow $25


To elevate your barrel for easier use and to add pressure to your system, use one of our rain barrel stands. Prices start at $65.

Drum with single Rainsaucer

NOTE: Drums are not included at this price.

No gutters or downspouts to capture the rain?
No problem!
Get the RainSaucer!

$66.50 Single
(PVC extension - extra)



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