Question:What is a burpless drum funnel and why do I need one?
Answer: The better question might be: How did I ever do without a burpless funnel? You know how tedious and messy it can be when you’re trying to transfer a 5-gallon bucket of liquid into a drum? There you are, trying to keep that heavy bucket balanced so the liquid doesn’t end up on your feet, and you have to slog through the slow process of pouring and waiting, pouring and waiting. If you pour too fast, the liquid is going to “burp” right back out at you because closed container regs won’t allow opening the bung to equalize the pressure. So you figure the smart thing is to sit a standard funnel in the drum bung, empty the bucket into it, and replace the bung cap on the drum. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, maybe not so much.
Standard funnels can move around if you bump them, causing liquid to go all over the place instead of into the drum. This is not such a big deal if you’re transferring water. But if the liquid is some kind of corrosive waste. . . not a pretty picture.
Another problem with standard funnels is that they may not drain at the same rate you are pouring. This means you still have to stop pouring when the funnel is full to allow it to drain, or “hello, splashback,” because you still can’t vent the drum by opening the bung.
A Better Way
PIG Burpless Funnels are designed with a built-in vent that lets air escape to keep the liquid where it is supposed to be, in the drum. That means no splashback, no pouring and waiting. You still have to lift that heavy bucket, but only once: Our Burpless Funnel can empty a 5-gallon bucket in 17 seconds.
These funnels have other helpful features, including a latching handle that allows you to close the funnel with one hand. Funnels are available in poly and steel, with or without an additional poly coating, and are equipped with or without an overfill preventer.
You tell us: Have you tried a burpless funnel? What do you think of yours? Let us know in the comments section below!