This last weekend I purchased two black food grade 55gal barrels from a local rain barrel maker. Black isn’t a color he normally has, and we figured they might hide a bit better on the side of the house. They used to contain 55gals of “Nutrisound 75”, made by Agrarian Marketing Corp. I’m hoping to get some more info from them about the product, but it looks like it’s a nutritional supplement for livestock. Judging by the smell, I’d say it’s got Vitamin B in it. I can’t see what it has currently since the label has faded pretty seriously.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to kit them out with a faucet, link them together, and figure out some type of rain diverter for getting water into the barrel. I hope to create a bit of an evolving post for this so I can detail my work on the project, what works, etc. There’s a lot of info out there about making rain barrels, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of people saying “this is what I did, and while it works, this would work better”.
First work will be this weekend. At least cleaning them out and maybe drilling holes for the faucet, etc. We’ll see.