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Is there a proper way to get a new barrel ready for use?

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I have always used the cold water method by filling the barrel 1/3 full with cold water and letting it stand for 3-4 hours. Then filling it to 2/3s full and letting it stand for another 3-4 hours. Finally, I top it off and keep it full until the barrel stops seeping and seals itself. I then drain the barrel and fill it.

The only downside with this process is that it usually takes about 2 days. Are there quicker ways of getting your barrels ready for use that are just as efficient?



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We fill the heads of ours with hot water until they pool up. once they can hold water for 3 hours or so, we flip em and do the other end. Never had one leak.


Camp 1805

Hood River

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