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bodger

Stillages?

I need pictures and or ideas for making my own stillages for wooden 50 gallon cider barrels. I'd like to have possibly one row of ten or two rows of six.

PS. I may very well have some four year old (new) wooden wine barrels for sale.
Gareth

Do you require the barrels sitting vertical (upright on the end) or horizontal (laying on the side) ?
bodger

On their sides. They'll be a fair weight when they are full and I need them raised enough, so that I can tap them and get containers under the flow.
Gareth

How about this:




Made in exactly the same way as my slot together pyramid planter. However, I would add a third central slat to help support the body of the barrel, jigsaw out a curve in each slat to match the circumference of the barrel, and put two slots at the bottom (front, middle & back slats) so that if necessary a full barrel could be positioned using a hand pallet truck:


bodger

I'm in the market for a pallet truck but in the main, the cider will be pumped in and out of the barrel.
These 50 gallon barrels will weigh in the region of 250kg when they're full.
Gareth

The assembly slots in the barrel support stillage in the photo above are in the wrong positions if you wished to make something similar that could be handled by a hand pallet truck............ they are on the wrong faces...90* out. If that stillage was to be modified so that the truck could approach from the back or the front, the side slats would fall out when the load was raised.............  Hawkeye and Richard will understand what I am trying to explain.
Border

I would just use some newer wooden pallets  stacked, to the hight you need. Maybe use a plastic pallet as top pallet for easy cleaning etc.
Jigsaw a piece of 2x3 to hold each end stable.

Using pallets you can quiet easily move them about with a pallet lifter.

Cheap and easy.
sod

Border wrote:
I would just use some newer wooden pallets  stacked, to the hight you need. Maybe use a plastic pallet as top pallet for easy cleaning etc.
Jigsaw a piece of 2x3 to hold each end stable.

Using pallets you can quiet easily move them about with a pallet lifter.

Cheap and easy.


Me too   great idea
bodger

I've managed to find some new non creosoted railway sleepers that should do the job. They're eight foot long and five of them should do the job and give me two stillages. Price? Seventeen pounds fifty pence each plus the dreaded VAT.

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