Barrels are best stored in a cool damp environment, this will keep the exterior from drying out and minimize evaporation. In the event that you have allowed your barrel to dry out you should attempt to re-cure the barrel. If it continues leaking, submerge the barrel in water for a couple of days. After it’s been submerged, dry the exterior with a towel and fill it with water to see if it continues to leak. If so, find the leak and apply barrel wax to the hole… If you can’t stop the leaking… cut in half and use as a planter! With proper care, you can use your barrel for 8 to 10 years. Following the cleaning and re-charring instructions will insure a long life for your product and be sure to not let your barrel dry out.
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