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    Restoring a dried barrel?

    I have a couple of old barrels and while recently checking them out,
    noticed that when looking through the bung hole, I could see "space"
    between the staves opposite the hole.

    My wife has been thinking about "appropriating" one for use as a rain
    barrel and I wondered if cutting out the head and filling with water
    would "swell" the staves to their original (or close to) condition.

    Is it possible to "restore" the barrels to good condition i.e. water tight
    capable or are they pretty much "ruined" and suitable for display purposes
    only?
    John Q.
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    Re: Restoring a dried barrel?

    It is possible. Put the staves in place, and fill with water. Fill, and refill. It sucks, but it can be done.

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    Re: Restoring a dried barrel?

    All the staves are in place - there is just minor "space" between some.
    I was hoping it would be possible to "restore" but figured it may take time.
    Thanks for confirming. Guess it's time to move one outside...
    John Q.
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    Re: Restoring a dried barrel?

    Can the restoration process be speeded up by submerging the barrel?
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    Re: Restoring a dried barrel?

    I thought that hosing down the outside might help but my barrels
    have shellac/varnish on them. On an unfinished barrel soaking the
    outside as well as filling with water may work faster.
    John Q.
    Tennessee Squire
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    It won't be any cheaper than it is today.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan
    Someone will pay it. Someone always pays it.

 

 

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