Dismantling A Barrel

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Boatboy24

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IIRC nothing is done w/ the heads. But I could be wrong. This looks like a fun project, but seems like a LOT of work.
 

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Traditionally barrel heads aren't toasted, though these days toasted heads are an option for a price.
 

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Do you have to toast the staves once you sand them all down?

Technically you don’t ‘have’ to. But I bet 100’s of yrs of trial n error has made it the standard for a good reason. And toasting adds so much more complexity than without.
But That open flame seems pretty easy to screw up doesn’t it? I always figured a plumbers torch could get the job done with some more control. Reconditioning an old barrel is definitely on my bucket list
 
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