How to Empty a 55-Gallon Barrel
A few questions have come up on how to get the water or other liquids out of a fifty five gallon barrel. It is really pretty simple. You can always use an old fashioned siphon hose. Personally I don’t like to suck on them so I use a Super Siphon hose. They consist of a metal fitting on one end of a six foot hose. You just stick the metal end in the liquid and shake it in an up and down motion a few times and the siphoning action starts. An adapter is available so that you can extent the length of the hose by adding a garden hose. They should cost about $8.95
There are also siphon pumps that are easy to use. There are a long tube that fits into the barrel with a small pump on the top to start the water flowing. These are available for both five gallon and fifty five gallon containers. They should cost about $12.99.
A third item that you need if you use fifty five gallon barrels is a bung wrench. There are available in both plastic and metal. The one I use is plastic and will also lift the lids from 5 gallon buckets. The plastic ones cost about $4.95, the metal a little more.
A quick internet search under Super Siphon hose, Siphon Pump and bung wrenches should provide you with several sources of these items.