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There’s a great YouTube video going through the whole process to do this at home actually. He’s actually a member here too. Will try to find it.
 

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Watching this only gave me more questions... I get sanding the staves and then toasting them, but the video didn't show anything done to the heads. Were these just left alone? Reasoning behind this?
 

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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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Just yesterday I was talking to my son about reconditioning a barrel. I personally think it would be fun even though I'm looking forward to having some neutral barrels.
 

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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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