What to do with a “rescued” Innis & Gunn Barrel?

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KCCam

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I found this Innis & Gunn oak barrel beside a garbage dumpster behind a storage unit operation. One of the steel straps is twisted and deformed. I’ve never aged wine in a barrel. Should I repair this and use it? Or cut it up and use it to oak my wine? Or is it maybe really trash?

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I totally agree with Cmason. You are inviting all kinds of problems if you try to reclaim this barrel not knowing what has been in it. I suggest a nice table for your wine area or patio, something like this:
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Also, you can repair the twisted hoops if you have a ball peen hammer and an anvil. Just slowly tap it back into shape and put the problem hoops on top just under the table top.
 
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