We have a great selection of Whiskey/Wine Barrels for use as planters, as decoration, props or even building furniture. We even sold a Whiskey/Wine Barrel to a gentleman who was planning to convert it into a Halloween costume!   The Whiskey/Wine Barrels are heavy and weight 125lbs each (for a full barrel) and 60lbs for a half barrel. 

We have Half and Full Whiskey/Wine Barrels.  These Barrels when purchased new by wineries, are approximately $1000-$1400 each and are only used to store wine for 4-7 seasons!  They are typically made of French Oak and may even be slightly fired/burned on the inside so that the burned oak flavors the wine or whiskey.  Some also include other wood apparatus inside that (I assume) is to flavor the wine or whiskey.  The barrels do vary in size.  Some are taller and skinnier and others are shorter and fatter!  You can pick out the barrel that you want.  Approximate dimensions are as follows:

Full Barrel:  22″ wide top, 30″ wide middle, 22″ wide bottom, 38″ tall

1/2 Barrel:  30″ wide top, 22″ wide bottom, 19″ tall

Care instructions for Whiskey/Wine Barrels

To keep your 1/2 Whiskey/Wine Barrels in great shape and keep them lasting for a long time, we have a few suggestions.  If you are using them as planters:

  • Drill 6 half inch holes through the bottom of the 1/2 Whiskey/Wine Barrel (This allows water/moisture to flow through the barrel so that it does not collect on the bottom and rot the bottom out). 
  • Line the bottoms and sides (at least half way up) with Weed Defense Fabric (like the kind we sell here).  This will prevent Pea Gravel, Drain Rock or Topsoil from getting in the holes and clogging them up.
  • Fill the bottom with 3/8″ Pea Gravel or 7/8″ Drain Rock about 4″ high.
  • Again, put another layer of Weed Defense Fabric on top of the Pea Gravel or Drain Rock and all around the inside of the barrel to a least the level of where your topsoil will be.
  • Then fill the Barrel with topsoil to a few inches from the top.  The topsoil is not only necessary to plant your plants in but it also keeps pressure on the barrel from the inside so that it does not eventually rot and fall apart.

If you are storing the barrels for any length of time, we suggest that you fill them with water to preserve them.  The water provides constant pressure from the inside of the barrel and when the barrel stays wet, the wood swells up and keeps the metal rings around it tight.  When the barrels dry up, the wood shrinks and the rings that hold the wood together will become loose and the wood will eventually begin to rot.  By taking the steps above you will keep your Whiskey/Wine Barrels looking great and in great condition for a long time!