Refurbishing used bourbon barrel process

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I picked up a $50 15 gallon used bourbon barrel and didn’t like the flavor it imparted to my wine after about a month so I decided to take it apart, bandsaw off the inside of the staves and sand the inside of the heads to remove the char. The barrel was a number three char which was about an 1/8” of charcoal. The barrel came apart easy, it was a little tricky going back together.
I temporarily glued blocks of wood onto the disks to help keep them centered in the groove in the staves.
I melted wax on the rims of the disc prior to placing. Before assembling I sprayed the inside with an so2 solution and then toasted inside with a large propane torch. The wood was about 14% moisture so I’m going to store the barrel dry till I need it.
 

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