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Oak Rain Barrel Nostalgia

December 7th, 2009

 

Remember That Old Oak Rain Water Barrel?  

Oak Rain Barrel nostalgia.

Take a road trip around the countryside and you will find reminders of old oak rain barrels. Once a functional tool that was necessary for the survival of the new immigrants to America, they have now been resurrected to new heights.

Stained, painted, glued and decorated, the oak whiskey barrel once held the rain that came free from the sky for drinking water, washing clothes, taking baths and watering the animals. It was an essential piece of equipment that represented life on the plains.

 


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Today we see it formed into a myriad of uses. It not only represents progress but it, too, historically melds one generation with the other.

Although, the oak rain barrel has often been used to hold everything from garden tools to compost, in many dry area of the country it’s original use has been resurrected. It continues to be used in its original capacity, catching rain.

Rain barrels have been used to supplement the yearly water supply for generations. Areas that are short on rain fall, have suffered an increase in the price of utilities.

This has renewed the use of the backyard oak rain barrel. Pushed up flush with the house and placed under the drain pipe, as much as 50 gallons at a time can be saved and reserved for such things as watering gardens washing cars and washing the dog.

In the southern states, where water is often scarce during the summer months, modern models of the rain barrel can be found in abundance.

Made from contemporary poly-wood grain material usually in brown or white oak colors, these copies of the old rain barrel style look convincingly real and are sturdy and decorative. Made to resist the growth of algae, most come with a spigot for easy dispensing and sit flush against the house to reach landscape close to the house.

Whether you desire a container to save money on your water bill or just want a piece of posterity to remind you of your grandparents day, you can now experience that, regardless of which model you choose, with your own oak rain barrel.

 

Additional Rain Barrel News

Getting The Most From Your Rain Barrels

Having a rain barrel seems to be a craze these days. Everyone seems to have caught on to the idea that adding more water to our already strained storm water system isn’t such a good thing.

Rainwater Harvesting

In 2007 as a birthday present my husband installed a re-purposed oak whiskey barrel to capture runoff from a section of our roof. This barrel is used mostly for my potted plants on the patio.

Super Cheap And Easy DIY Wooden Rain Barrel Idea

Love the way an old wine barrel looks for a rain barrel but can’t afford one? Check out this easy and affordable DIY wooden rain barrel idea!

Rain Water Storage In Decorative And Functional Rain Barrels

If your style is more casual, there are also rain barrels for sale with more rugged designs. For example, there is a rain barrel for sale that looks like an aged wooden barrel, complete with faux wood grain.

Summer Project: Make a Rain Barrel

I have two wooden rain barrels my husband made for me over the last few years. Because I do a lot of my herb and flower gardening in containers, he knew I would love the barrel. They fill directly from my eave spouts.

Installing a Rain Barrel

I chose two old transformed wooden whiskey barrels which I purchased online. A downfall of my wooden barrels is that they must remain moist.

 

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Wood Rain Barrel Nostalgia

November 2nd, 2009

 

One of the many unique ways to do your part in conserving water and saving money in your household is by placing a wood rainwater barrel in your yard or garden. You’ll be amazed at how much water you can collect in a very short time. Rainwater and even melting snow and sleet are excellent for house plants, and even some chores around the garage or washing the car.

Here are some nice wood rain water barrels that are popular with many homeowners right now:

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And you don’t have to always use an old wood whiskey barrel for catching water, there are plenty of other uses if you have extra barrels.

If you have a patio or porch at the entrance of your home, use the barrel to hold umbrella’s.

Place it near or in your garden to hold garden tools, such as hoes, rakes and shovels.

If none of the above appeals to you can always use it as a planter. It would be perfect for holding a decorative clump of pampas grass. A citrus tree, or even a miniature banana tree would be suitable also.

To go one step further it may be possible to cut the wooden barrel in half. Then you will have two matching planters to place on either side of your front door. You may have to add a false bottom so the potted plants will sit in the same position.

Another possibility would be to use the barrel as a table base to create a garden work space. A table to place near your garden path, beside a garden bench, will create a rustic look. It would be great in the garden with a group of flowering and blooming geraniums.

Use a large piece of plexiglass on the top so the barrel is still visible. Wood glue or hot glue should be sufficient to secure the table top.

The barrel could also be used in your work shop to hold odd size pieces of lumber or even long handled tools.

Obviously this type of barrel can be used in many areas of your home and the ideas are limited only by one’s imagination. Any of the above ideas should work for you.

Don’t be afraid to try these ideas for your barrels. You never know what will become the next fad in your neighborhood.

 

Today’s Faux Wood Rain Collection Barrels

 

More On Wooden Rain Collection Systems

Selecting Best Rainwater Gutter System

Wood is another material used for rain guttering, most often in restoration projects. Type of rainwater gutters. Rain gutter systems are mainly categorized in two categories which are sectional and seamless.

Simple Rainwater Harvesting at Home

A water butt is a rainwater collection unit that attaches to a downpipe. As rainwater runs off the roof, it is collected and stored for later use. Water butts, usually made of plastic or wood, are simple to install.

Rainwater Harvesting Blog: Barrel Coverings

Lay the pickets in a row (separated by an 1/4 inch) and attach the flashing. You can then attach the two ends and slip the covering over the barrel. Wooden coverings for the overflow and top can also be made from pickets.

 

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Oak Rain Barrel – Why You Need One

May 31st, 2009

 

Wood Rain BarrelAn oak rain barrel allows you to do many different things with the rain water you collect and store. This article reviews what they do, why you need one and how an oak rain barrel works.

Rain Barrels are quickly growing as the number one "green" product across the country – and in today’s economy, can you blame them? It is important for people as consumers to find new solutions for their rising water cost, stressed water systems, and dwindling resources.

Rain barrels – also known as rain catchment systems and water cisterns – have exploded on to the market. They offer a number of alternatives to water preservation and usage. They are quite simple to use – the barrels help reduce the amount of storm runoff from your home by capturing it and allowing you to use it for your own needs.

There are a number of different things that you will be able to do with your harvested rain water. It can be used for watering your landscape and garden, washing your car, and filling your swimming pool. If it is properly filtered it can even be used for bathing and drinking. It is crucial to remember to never drink the water from your rain barrel unless you have the proper filtration device for purification.

Wood Rain BarrelsRain barrels are available in a number of different sizes and styles. Whether you need water for smaller everyday tasks or for plumbing in your home – there is a rain barrel to suit your need. With so many different styles available you will be able to find one to fit in with your backyards dcor. There are many basic rain barrels, or more stylish ones that even look like terracotta pots. With so many different styles available, finding one that you like will be easy.

Once you have purchased your rain barrel, you will need to prepare your home to utilize your new catchment system. The installation of your rain barrel is really quite easy. The first thing that you will need to find is a level section of ground near your downspout. The design of your rain barrel will determine how the placement of your downspout will feed into your barrel. Although rain barrels are very similar – they will differ slightly on how they connect to your downspout.

Every rain barrel that you encounter will have an overflow spout that is used to lead all excess water away from your homes foundation to prevent any damage. Once you have your downspout positioned to lead into your barrel correctly, you will be able to connect a hose or spigot and begin using your newly captured water!

Now if you would like to catch more rain water – instead of just letting the excess water fall to the wayside once your barrel is full – you can connect multiple barrels to your already stationary rain barrel. All you will need to do is connect a hose or pipe to your overflow spout from one rain barrel to another. You can connect as many barrels as you would like to catch the most rain water.

Why wouldn’t you want a rain barrel? Your water bill will be reduced significantly and you will have a gorgeous lawn and a lush garden. There are so many different styles and uses for rain barrels that you are bound to find one that is the perfect fit for you! For more information, please visit Woodland Direct.

Author: Stephanie Hobbs

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Rain Barrel Overview

Description: The barrels are converted from barrels that were once filled with bourbon at Kentucky distilleries to fully functional rain barrels. The barrels are made out of white oak and are inspected by a Kentucky cooperage.

3 Cheap DIY Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice!

Reuse an Old Barrel: Lots of home and garden stores, nurseries, wineries, and the like will sell you used oak barrels that make beauitful and GREAT rain barrels.

DIY Project

I decided to craft a rain barrel out of a used Temlpeton Rye whiskey barrel from the distillery. I found some plans online and used some of them and a little tinkering of my own to arrive at the design I’ve used.

Rain Barrels!

TerraCycle sells converted oak barrels that are apparently made in Stockton (or so says the Chron) Step-by-Step: Converting Wine Barrels to Rain Barrels (Life is Good in Penticton) Harvesting the Water with Rain Barrels (This Old House).

Gorgeous Rain Barrel

The Litzkows, who own the Wissahikon Inn B & B in St Croix Falls, told me about Gary and Kate Amunrud who have French oak wine barrels (made in France) and used in making wine in Napa Valley.

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