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?
I wouldn't let any part of that near my wine. You have no idea if what that barrel has been through or maybe I should say might ne infected with. It would make a nice conversation piece in your wine area.
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:
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.