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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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