What a marvellous product was a forty four gallon drum. The last time I checked, they had changed to 205 litres. Would they have been imperial gallons or US gallons? They usually contained oil or kerosene but could hold any liquid. I think you get a forty four of molasses.
I suppose there was a refundable deposit or change over system. They would not have been cheap to make. But oh the uses they could be put to. If you are not sure what one looks like, take a look at Adelaide and Beyond.
Incinerator, cut the top off, cut a hole down the bottom for ash removal and air and they lasted for years. If you want to be posh, leave the lid on and add a chimney.
Barbecue, cut lengthways vertically into half, add a stand and a some wire for a grill and you have a great barbe.
Heating, as above but just for warmth. Or standing up as an incinerator. Get the sides glowing red hot.
A water or feed trough for animals.
Put some bedding in and it becomes a crib for a sick calf or other animal.
An inverted half with the end removed becomes a dog kennel.
There is just no end of uses for the good old forty four gallon drum. Just remember a cut drum can be sharp, soften the edges.