What is the difference between a planter barrel and an aging barrel?
Our aging barrels are made of American Oak with #3 char on the inside. Just like a miniature wine or whiskey barrel. After curing your barrel it will hold liquid so you can add your favorite spirit or cocktail ingredients to add the flavor, aroma, color, and depth to the ingredients inside. Because it’s smaller, it ages at a faster rate than your standard whiskey or wine barrel. Think barrel aged manhattan for starts. It can take several weeks to get the perfect taste but that’s the fun of it. You can taste test along the way and work towards the perfect age on whatever you’ve got inside.
Our decorative planter barrels are the same look but the rest on their flat side and can be used as a windowsill planter, wedding centerpiece, change jar, furniture and many other endless possibilities. You have the option to choose whether you would like one of the ends open or if you would like them both to remain closed. There is a small charge for us to remove one end. But we will instruct you on how to remove it yourself if you are not sure what you're using it for or want to get crafty! See below.
How can I remove one end of my decorative barrel at home?
Trust me ladies, you do not need a man's help with this. Grab a husky hammer, preferably a sledge type. Set your barrel flat side down on the ground, outside is best. Give the center of the flat side that is facing you a forceful hit with the hammer. This sometimes takes a few tries as they are made strongly. After one or a few hits you will see the wood on top start to split but it comes out very cleanly and does not compromise the other wood within the barrel.
Oh no! The rings came loose on my barrel...what now?
No big deal! The nature of wood is to expand and retract with pressure, environment, moisture absorption and surrender. This is a very easy fix. Simply put the ring back and secure it in place with a flat head screwdriver or something of similar shape, a couple taps towards the wider part of the barrel should do.
Are planter barrels okay for outdoor use?
Yes! We recommend opting for the weather treatment from us for applying a clear coated wood sealant to your barrel once you receive it. The barrel however is not completely weather resistant as it is made of wood and metal. We advise to keep your treated barrel covered from moderate to heavy rain climates. Also please note that with temperature increases and decreases the wood will swell and recede which can affect the tightness of the rings. See FAQ about loose rings if you encounter an issue here.