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    Angry F%^*ing half whiskey barrels!

    I love using these things for container plantings, especially select hardy (and expensive) shrubs, especially evergreens. Living in this place, it is even more important since I can take them with me when/if I leave, no digging anything up. Plus they give alot of growing room for larger things like shrubs, and there is no root competition from the damn silver maples. The plants do have to have very hardy roots, and need watering and fertilizing alot, but no big deal there.

    They have become next to impossible to find. I finally heard of a place that has five of them, and I am going up there tomorrow(25 miles away) to get some..at fifty bucks a piece! Fifty bucks!

    Damn it, I am not sure why they are not so common anymore. I have called nearly everywhere around here, and nobody carries them anymore. Fifteen years ago I remember seeing them on sale for 3 bucks a piece!

    *you know, the half barrels made of wood, about two feet tall and with the metal bands around the top and bottom? I need to get more just to replace some of the ones I have. I have about eight here and there...on a few corners, mixed in borders, etc.

    I hate nearly all the plastic containers you can get, and most look like shit and still are not big enough, plus they freeze and crack-same thing with clay pots. These oak barrels can last a decade or more

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    I don't remember them ever being all that cheap even 5 to 10 years ago. Maybe as little as 20 bucks, but usually $30.

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    I don't remember them ever being all that cheap even 5 to 10 years ago. Maybe as little as 20 bucks, but usually $30.
    No, that is a fake one. These are larger and are real oak barrels that whiskey was stored in. They are cut in half, and you can actually smell the whiskey smell inside them usually. They are oak, and they have a half circle cut in the top where a hole was(other half of the hole is on the other half of the barrel).

    They are quite large and have a rustic, used, authentic look, and the oak actually last far longer than you would think, certainly longer than cedar in my experience. The metal bands are often rusty also.

    That looks like a smaller kind made of a different wood. The real ones are larger and definitely have a 'used' look.

    They have some like that at Walmart..I got stupid and bought 4 of them the other day..for 25 bucks a piece. If I can get the real ones, I am taking the smaller fake Chinese/Walmart ones back!

    And I did get some at Lowes back in the day on sale for three bucks a piece. Could not be over fifteen years ago, because the Lowes was not there yet.
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    OMG! A neighbor down the street was selling them. But they hand painted different things on them or you could have them do a painting for you. They had beach scenes and palm trees tec. The have since moved but they sold them for $50. they had them all over their yard. Very cool! You could try Craigslist
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    I know what you mean about the real ones, but I've never seen them for sale outside of a antique/junque shop. They were usually pretty expensive because they're "classier". You know, the authentic, "shabby chic" thing. Perhaps if you live near a more rural area they're more abundant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoAmI View Post
    I know what you mean about the real ones, but I've never seen them for sale outside of a antique/junque shop. They were usually pretty expensive because they're "classier". You know, the authentic, "shabby chic" thing. Perhaps if you live near a more rural area they're more abundant?
    The place where the five were spotted is 25 miles away..in the middle of nowhere in a farm country town of about ten thousand. And that area is even more rural than this one, which is at least adjacent to a major metro area.

    I actually found two of them last year at a garden store right here in this crappy little town. But nobody else had them, and all the chains in this area used to carry them.

    And I have to admit, I know nothing about Craig's List. Must seem like a neanderthal living in a cave to y'all I know.


    I think the scarcity of them has made me almost fetishize them. I would probably pay a hundred bucks a piece for them-I want them that badly. I am driving a big van up there tomorrow and I am going to buy all five of them if they are still there. I. must. have. them.!!!


    *sometimes you will see them in people's yards laying down, with flowers 'spilling' out of them. I Hate. that. I made my dad STOP IT! before I had an aneurysm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    I think the scarcity of them has made me almost fetishize them. I would probably pay a hundred bucks a piece for them-I want them that badly. I am driving a big van up there tomorrow and I am going to buy all five of them if they are still there. I. must. have. them.!!!
    I know what you mean about that. I'll look for something, find it's been discontinued, and then I can't let it go until a get one (or, ahem, seven) on eBay. Then I'm ok for a while. It's not only an obsession, it's a challenge.

    I say, get your barrels. I think they're going to become even more scarce in the future. (Does that make you feel better?)

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    I found a website selling them for $45 each but shipping might be steep.

    Whiskey and Wine Barrel Halves

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    Or perhaps we could interest you in this lovely table?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penny Lane View Post
    I found a website selling them for $45 each but shipping might be steep.

    Whiskey and Wine Barrel Halves
    Thanks for this. I actually bought wine barrels instead. I went up there and they were larger and that site confirms it. The store had them marked as whiskey barrels. The only differnce is the inside is not charred and the wine barrels are larger (28 inches across) and cost more on that site(50 bucks). Store a little more too(59 gallons). Mine look really good too like the ones in the picture.

    They say they weigh 60 pounds a piece. Yeah, it sure felt like that loading the suckers. The Kroger guy helped.

    My dad wants one, and his birthday is next week. Guess what he is getting?


    I must really have a barrel fetish or something. That site is like porn to me, with all those barrel fountains. I used to have one with a liner, mostly buried in a raised bed, with a rock wall with a hidden fountain that caused a small creek to flow down and into the barrel(the sides were lined with rock). It was a nice fountain feature. Even put a heating element in it for the winter so the birds could have water.
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    I wonder if you could arrange to purchase some directly from a distillery or winery? I like them too!
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    People just aren't drinking enough whiskey these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tati View Post
    I wonder if you could arrange to purchase some directly from a distillery or winery? I like them too!
    Actually you can, but the prices are outrageous. Some in Cali have all kinds of them for sale, even furniture made from them, but the prices are in line with high end Napa Valley stuff-pricey.

    That site Penny found in Kentucky is actually not bad price wise, even shipping considering these things weigh 60 pounds and are as big as a piece of furniture.

    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    People just aren't drinking enough whiskey these days.
    Well I better start drinking up then. Whiskey for all! -there needs to be a :liquor: emoticon for drinking the hard stuff. mmmm...A Seven and Seven sounds good right now...
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    I am getting two more wine barrels tomorrow. Hey they only have two left and I need some spares as some of the others are on their last legs..
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    Soj, are you spiraling out of control? Do you need an intervention?

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