Oil Drums first appeared in the Donkey Kong arcade game. Here they are found in several levels and are quite harmless, unless a Barrel ends up being burned up inside them, then they will produce Fire, which can harm Mario.
Oil Drums later appear in Donkey Kong Country. In this game, Oil Drums have two attack patterns. They either expel flames, which can injure Donkey or Diddy, or they will expel enemies (most commonly Slippas).
In the level "Oil Drum Alley" Donkey and Diddy must jump from one floating Oil Drum to the next (while they are not spurting fire of course) in order to reach the level's end. Oil Drums that release enemies have a skull and two bones displayed on it. The ones that release flames have the words "OIL" displayed on them. While any barrel can take out the skull Oil Drums, only TNT Barrels can take out the ones that release fire. There's also an Oil Drum boss named Dumb Drum.
Oil Drums also appear in the semi-sequel to Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Land. There is no real difference between the Oil Drums of Donkey Kong Country and the ones of Donkey Kong Land.
In Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2 a tipped over Oil Drum can be seen in the background of Klubba's Kiosk.
In Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Oil Drums work the same as in the original Donkey Kong, where if Donkey Kong throws a barrel and it lands in an Oil Drum it will create a Fireball enemy. They only appear in the final battle against Donkey Kong.
In DK: Jungle Climber, there are barrels that resemble Oil Drums called Oil Barrels. However instead of being obstacles they are a collectible item.
|Transportation||Cannon • Biplane • Bonus • Booster • Diddy & Dixie • Funky • Ghost • Golden • Rocket • Rotatable • Steerable • Tracker • Warp|
|Projectiles||DK • Steel Keg • TNT • Vine|
|Enemies||Oil Drum • Belcha • Dumb Drum • Kaboom • Klasp • Klobber • Knocka • Kuchuka • Kracka|
|Player Status||Animal • Invincibility • Kong • Plus and Minus • Star • Style • Tag|
|Other Status||Check and X • Krochead • On & Off • Stop & Go • Switch|
|Fuel||Fuel • Ignition • Oil|
|Miscellaneous||Cranky's Training Barrel • Shield • Mega TNT|