How to make a wooden barrel water tight?

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The barrel is “naturally” watertight as it was designed to be so, in order to receive liquids such as beer or wine. Hence, is a barrel leaks, it means there is a problem.

Here are a few advices to make an oak barrel watertight, depending on your situation:

  • If your leakage occurs on a new barrel, just putting water in it could make the barrel watertight again: the wood will swell and the porosity will disappear thanks to humidity.
  • On a second-hand barrel, leakages might require extra care. Wormholes, dislocated staves or porous knots are as many possible problems. Small leakages can be stuffed with épinettes which are some kind of pins that act as a toothpick that we would force into the leaking hole. Some more structural flaws might require serious work, such as replacing the problematic staves, etc.
  • Generally speaking, the Cavin cooperage does not repair old oak barrels. However, if bad transport conditions would alter one of our barrels, please contact us: our customer service will immediately take care of this issue.

The barrel is “naturally” watertight as it was designed to be so, in order to receive liquids surch as beer or wine. Hence, is a barrel leaks, it means there is a problem.

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