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Pretty simple, right? It's a liquid, seal it in containers in a range of sizes.

Yes, it seems simple, but there are a few complexities. Here's a summary of delivery presentations for Paratherm products, which include heat transfer fluids, and system cleaning liquids.


The smallest quantity commercially available is the 5-gallon (19-liter) pail. Most products are presented in a polyethylene pail with a sealed cap. Paratherm CR is shipped in a steel pail.

  • A 5-gallon pail of heat transfer fluid weighs approximately
    40 lbs.
  • Some people order 10 or 15 (50-75 gallons) pails even though fluid in 55-gallon drums is considerably less expensive due to the volume discount. Why? Their circumstances (storage, handling, charging their equipment) make the smaller container much more convenient. And pails don't require fork-lift attachments, etc.


All Paratherm drums are 55-gallon (208-liter) steel, unlined and sealed with white plastic bung covers on both the 2" threaded bung and the 3/4" vent bung. If these seals are ever missing or appear tampered with on a newly delivered drum, contact you Paratherm sales engineer or customer service.

  • 55-gallon drums weigh approximately 440 pounds each. The drum itself (the steel) weighs about 40 pounds.
  • Paratherm uses brand-new, food-product rated drums, even when the product itself isn't food-grade certified.
  • Drums can be shipped on pallets, strapped or stretch wrapped.


Totes are filled in two sizes and two types. 330-gallon disposable totes built of multi-ply corrugated material with multi-ply polyethylene liner or 330-gallon cage totes which consist of polyethylene bottle inside a tubular steel shipping frame. Both types are presented on wooden pallets. 1000-liter corrugated totes are also available and are usually intended for shipping internationally.

  • 330-gallon totes weigh from 2650 to 3000 pounds depending on using corrugated or steel-cage.
  • Empty totes are fully recyclable.
  • Corrugated totes use a specialized valve for unloading. Valve and instructions provided. Cage totes come with unloading valve attached.


Bulk shipments require a delivery schedule at time of order. Changes made to confirmed delivery schedules subject to additional charges, including for additional storage (beyond 21 days) if requested.

  • 6000 gallons is the recommended capacity of a tank truck. Lower quantities can be arranged. For quantities less than 4000 gallons we recommend IBC (Intermediate Bulk Containers) which we call Totes. (See Totes above)
  • Other terms and conditions apply, covering unloading time, demurrage, tank trailer rental, hose diameter and distance, fittings, and maximum fill height. Call or email for details.


76 or 80 55-gallon drums fit conveniently into a modern 20-foot shipping container, double stacked, for ocean going international deliveries to major ports and container freight stations.

  • Approximately 120 drums can be shipped in a 40-foot shipping container. The reason the practical capacity of a 40' isn't double the capacity of a 20' container is because of road-weight limits.
  • Flexitanks and Isotanks are also available for international shipments; these are heavy-duty flexible inserts for lining shipping containers, chemically compatible with the fluids, for bulk quantities up to 300 gallons.



For further information on heat transfer fluids, system cleaners, and related services, call Paratherm toll free at (800) 222-3611 in the US and Canada, at +1 610-941-4900 for international inquiries.

For your convenience, in case you missed any, here are the previous messages in this series:

  1. Monthly TipSheet for Hot Oil System Users
  2. December 2012 Chemical Engineering Article, Troubleshooting HTF Systems
  3. Paratherm's Unsubmerged Info Blog
  4. The Paratherm Sales and Support Team
  5. Heat Transfer Fluids: A User's Guide
  6. The Fluids: Paratherm's Line of Thermal Fluids
  7. Services for Hot-Oil Users
  8. System Cleaners from Paratherm
  9. One-Minute Video: Fluid Analysis for Predictive Maintenance in Hot Oil Systems
  10. Fast Fluid: Paratherm Logistics and Customer Service
  11. Liquid Heat: High Temperature Heat Transfer Fluids in Gas Processing Applications
  12. Blog Update: 2014, System Cleaners, Asphalt, Fluid Sampling, Nat'l Mfg Month

Best Regards,

Andy Andrews, Marketing Manager
Paratherm - Heat Transfer Fluids
31 Portland Road
West Conshohocken PA 19428 USA
610-941-4900 phone 610-941-9191 fax

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