and are metal plugs, not plastic. However, the garage that sold me the drum said I can use a regular wrench, lay it inside the 'cup' part of the plug where the 'posts' are located and just turn it because the wrench will use the posts as stoppers. I can use a smaller wrench to do the same on the smaller plug. There is a special tool I can buy for about $30 (twice what the drum cost me lol), but I'll try the wrench instead since I have a wide variety of them. I only need to finish emptying the fluid inside by leaving it upside down for a while and 'shaking' the drum every so often (it'll be up on concrete blocks to keep the drum from rusting out on the bottom once turned upright again) and once it's empty, I can turn it upright, leave the plugs out but lightly cover the top to keep weather/dirt/bugs out of it and/or put it into one of my concrete outbuildings while letting the fumes finally leave. I have until the middle of March to get this done before my next kerosene delivery so that should be enough time, I would think.
The drum originally held methanol diesel fuel for racecars....which is why I want to empty and air it out before the kerosene gets here. Since, right now, I have to climb on a ladder to get to the plug on my 275 gal. tank of kerosene to syphon into smaller 2-5 gal. containers for my portable kerosene heaters for use when my power goes out, the smaller drum, closer to the ground and easier to syphon from would be ideal for this 70-yr.old who is prone to dizzy spells from having lost three disks in my neck and nerves being pinched now. Me and ladders, especially if my head is tilted backwards or my arms have to be raised for any length of time like when I have to clean gutters or ceiling fans, don't get along anymore.