Posted: 03/07/2013 at 10:13
The previous life/usage of the large oak barrel was in the LIQUOR industry which would have been wine or spirits & I believe they are used for several years before being recycled & released to the vast public for various usages. So there was an underlined smell from the inners of the barrel.
The top / lid was removes & it just rests on top of the barrel to stop objects falling in but it is Not an air tight seal in any means.
I have seen loads knocking about & being used in the exact same way as we use ours blending in to the environment rather better than the usual Blue / Green Plastic type. But I had Not expected the Sour water smell.