|This article is about the current version of DF.|
Barrels are storage units that, like bins and bags, conserve stockpile space by containing several items of the same type. They can be made out of wood at a carpenter's workshop (requires one log for each barrel) or forged from metal at a forge (requires 3 metal bars). Non-magma forges also require one bar of fuel.
For information on managing barrels in stockpiles, see using bins and barrels.
When a barrel is emptied, it may be used again or stored in a furniture stockpile.
For most uses, barrels can be replaced by a large pot, which has the same storage capacity (and requires no wood or metal) and is only one quarter as heavy as a barrel made of the same material. Typical stone pots will be 33% heavier than wooden barrels. Fire clay 'stoneware' pots weigh the same as a wooden barrel, while earthenware pots are lighter but must be glazed.