Blue Barrel

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Blue Barrel


Rockefeller purchased forest land, had laborers cut wood, and—in a crucial innovation—had the wood dried in a kiln before using it to transport kerosene. (Others used green wood barrels, which were far heavier and thus more expensive to transport.) With these and other innovations, Rockefeller’s barrel costs dropped from $2.50 a barrel to less than $1 a barrel—and he always had barrels when he needed them.



“Blue Barrel,” Standard Oil vs. Everyone, accessed December 4, 2022,