Rachael Lyn Kelly

Storing Barrels in a tight spot

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Hello all! I am looking for a solution to aging with little space. I don't have room to use a forklift in my shop. Does anyone know where I can get a multi-level rack for my barrels. Something that loads with a pulley system, or other suggestions...

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Lots of companies selling used barrel racks.  We stack three high (so six total barrels on a rack set) and can still push them around with a pallet jack.  Fill then in place on the rack, pump empty while they are still on the rack.  Disadvantage is you cant really harvest the bottom ones until you get the top ones off.  We also use a chain hoist to lift barrels, but can only do that on the bottom or middle rack as the third barrel up is too high to get under the hoist.

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Welcome Rachael. Some of the other people here use manual pallet stackers - http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/material-handling/lift-trucks/manual-lift/big-joe-manual-push-hand-operated-lift-stacker

For racks: http://barrelsandracks.com/racks/ - There's large number of suppliers out there, including used as Hedgebird. Maybe some of the other guys can post their suppliers. What area of the country are you in? 

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The manually operated lift forks are great in a small space. I have one similar to the link above. Also good for lifting drums to syphon out.

 

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Just be careful using the manual ones when loading or unloading at full elevation. They don't have the weight in a low c/g that a conventional forklift has.

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Hi Rachael, as Foreshot mentioned above, the pallet stackers are perfect solutions for those of us who don't have room to operate a fork lift. We build our own 3 level barrel racks and use the pallet stacker to load/unload from the top two rows.  Here's a link to an Instagram video we recently posted that shows a barrel being offloaded onto our racks.  These are 15 gallon barrels.

 

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That is amazing how many barrels you can fit in that small space. I watched for about 1 minute and saw 6 roll in and they hardly took up any room :wacko:

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We use the manual pallet lift as well. Biggest disadvantage is they require a bit of navigating because of the front supports, and the small batteries need nightly recharge, have limited lifetime, and must be carefully maintained (rehydrated).

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