In recent years, people have become very creative in how they use empty wood wine and whiskey barrels. People make everything from patio furniture to wedding rings and pens out of the slates from an empty barrel. Others have found creative ways to use the entire barrel in their home or outside in the yard. Finding barrels isn’t the easiest though. If you aren’t careful, you can easily overpay for these barrels.
In the post below, I’m going to provide you with a list of several places that you can pick up either an entire barrel or just parts of one if that’s all you need.
What you will see, is that branded barrels will cost more than generics. If getting a barrel that has been branded with the Jack Daniels or Maker’s Mark logo is important to you, you can expect to pay a little bit more than one that is unbranded. On average, if you order a barrel that has to be shipped, you’ll likely pay at least $250 to cover the cost of the product and shipping costs.
Another thing to keep in mind when looking for a barrel, is that the more work that has been done to the barrel, the more it will cost. Buying a barrel as is with no work done to it will be cheaper than getting a barrel that has been sanded and finished. If you want it cleaned, sanded and finished, you can expect to pay $100-$200 more. I’d highly suggest doing the cleaning and finishing yourself. It’s a relatively easy process and will save you quite a bit of money.
Check out my other tips below and you may be able to save yourself some money!
Top Places To Get a Whiskey or Wine Barrel
It may come as a surprise but Facebook Marketplace is a great source for getting complete barrels. Facebook Marketplace is the first place you should check for used wine and whiskey barrels. The key is to find a seller that is a supplier. You might get lucky and find a random single seller that is looking to get rid of a barrel they have had, but it’s unlikely. What you want is to find a person who buys barrels in bulk from a winery or distillery and then sells them to the public. Not only will you get a better price for the barrel, but you can save on shipping costs.
As I mention further below, I live about 45 minutes from the Jack Daniels Distillery. Buying a finished barrel directly from the distillery costs me about $500 – because $325 of that is shipping costs. However, I did a quick search on Facebook Marketplace and found a local seller offering unfinished barrels for just $125 a piece with free local pickup!
Start your search for a barrel here. Hopefully you’ll get lucky and find a local supplier.
Etsy is an excellent place to get pieces of a whiskey barrel. You can get complete barrels, but they are going to be costly to ship unless you happen to live close to a seller. If you don’t happen to find a seller that is close to you, then I’d suggest to check out some of the other places below. Etsy is the best source to find pieces of barrels if you aren’t in the need of complete barrels.
Authentic Jack Daniel barrels will cost you between $200 – $300 (including shipping). These barrels will usually be complete unfinished and straight from the distillery.
One of the cheaper Jack Daniels barrel sellers is AuntMollysBarrells. You can find her shop by clicking here. These barrels will cost about $225 shipped.
If you are looking for a barrel that has been disassembled and only need the slates or the ends, then CurrysBeerCrafts is your best source (Click here for store). This can save you quite a bit of money on shipping costs because the size is much smaller. These pieces are grate to make into signs, pens, rings or furniture.
If you prefer a wine barrel over a whiskey, then WineBarrelCreations is one of the cheapest options for a 59 gallon barrel. They cost around $220 shipped and can be found here.
Midwest Barrel Company
Midwest Barrel Company started back in 2013 after seeing a need for a dependable barrel supplier that offers plenty of options to it’s customers. They are located in Lincoln, Nebraska. There website is very easy to use and they offer a wide variety of services. In addition to offering various brands of wine and whiskey barrels, they also offer laser engraving services. They do amazing work.
Shipping to TN was about $180 for any of the barrels I chose. You’ll end up paying about $300 for a barrel including shipping. However, if you can find a friend that wants a barrel too, you can save a significant amount on shipping. Two shipped barrels was only $378!
This company is located in Pittsburgh, PA. What I like about them is that they offer free shipping for orders over $325 if you live within the 12 nearby states. They have pick up locations in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.
The barrels will cost you about $150 each. If you live in one of their pickup states and can find a friend or two to go in and buy a barrel, you can get an awesome deal. Even if you don’t live in one of these 12 states, they have no problem shipping it to your doorstep.
The other really cool option that I like is on their wine barrels. You can specifically order wine barrels that are stained with wine. This is a nice option that I’ve never seen offered before.
There’s not too many suppliers of barrels on the west coast, even though you would think barrels would be plentiful due to the large vineyards in California. Barrels Unlimited is located in Fresno, California. Their pricing is very good on pieces of barrels. You can get staves for as little as 75 cents a piece and a 12 lbs bag oak blanks for $15. The one thing I don’t like about their website, is that you have to call them to get a shipping quote. Their online reviews are very positive, so if you are out west, I’d highly recommend you check them out!
Second Hand Barrels
Second Hand Barrels is located in Godfrey, Illinois which is just across the rive from Missouri. They are located about 45 minutes north of St Louis. They have a wide variety of whiskey barrels available and excellent pricing! You can get a nice looking barrel for about $100. They also make really nice planters out of their barrels that you can purchase from them as well.
Second Hand Barrels does not have an official website, but they do have a Facebook page which has plenty of pictures and many positive reviews from past customers.
Website: Second Hand Barrels
I was surprised to find that you can find a few sellers of barrels on Amazon. There’s not a wide selection available, but if you aren’t looking for a specific brand or anything special, you might be able to save some money by purchasing here. Click here to find the whiskey barrels that are available on Amazon. Wine barrel options can be found by clicking here.
Distillery of Your Choice
If you are looking for a specific brand, you can always check your favorite distillery and see if they will sell you some of their old barrels. From my experience, this is a costlier option. I live about 45 minutes from the Jack Daniels distillery. A barrel from their site only costs $183. However, shipping (only 41 miles away) is $325 for the cheapest option which is ground. I’d suggest though to check out your local wineries and distilleries though. You could get lucky and find a great deal.
Local Flea Market
This is likely going to be your last resort. Your odds of finding a good supplier is increased if the flea market is a large one. For instance, in Nashville, there is a very large 3 day flea market each month. Thousands of vendors setup. There’s typically 2-3 sellers set up that are offering barrels. Prices at flea markets can be all over the place. Even if you find some barrels that are a little bit higher than the options I’ve listed above, you won’t have to pay shipping costs, so it still may come out cheaper by going this route.