Barrels are constructed of many separate, fitted pieces of wood-staves- and end pieces fitted in a circular shape. All of these pieces are forced together (usually being bent while heated) and held in place by a series of metal hoops. No nails or other fastenings are used, except for a few tacks to hold the hoops in place. The barrel is waterproof because the pieces fit tightly against one against other. When the barrel is filled with liquid, the wood swells slightly, effectively completing the seal. These barrels are suitable for toasting wine and spirits.
Our small barrels are paraffin lined barrels commonly used with liquids that do not need the aroma, color or flavor that charred and toasted barrels provide. These barrels are finished, have a varnished exterior and a cork lined barrel tap fitted.