450-60 gallon Old Oak Whisky Barrels in Atlanta?
Do any of you know of good places to buy 50-60 gallon oak whisky barrels in the area around Atlanta (say, an hour drive radius around the city)? Something in the range of a price of less than $75/barrel? A lot of them come from good ol' Kentucky, but shipping prices of them are outrageous when looking online.
I want to purchase 3-4 of them for collecting water from downspouts. I am thinking of installing an automatic irrigation system in my yard that taps off of these instead of my water main. That way, I'm preventing more water run-off into the storm sewers (for every new house developed in the city of Atlanta, the less surface area for water to be absorbed into the soil), am not utilizing stressed water systems during our typical drought period in August/September (unless hurricanes come through, of course), and I can tap pumps directly to the barrels and don't have to worry about my DIY-self causing a water-main burst as I try and tap into it.
Yes, I will do all I can to keep mosquitoes from being fostered in the barrels (sealed tightly or screen on any exposed areas), and will be sure to monitor the barrels for them. I don't want to inadvertantly create an environmental hazard.