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Vital statistics
Size 1 x 1
Liquid Size 100 ltr
Skill(s) RequiredSpecific needed skills.<br>The default skills every hearthling starts off with, Oral Tradition, Primitive Tools & Wilderness Survival), are ignored. Carpentry
Object(s) Required Board x5
Repaired With Board
Can be Lifted Yes
Has Quality No
Hit Points 50
Soak Value None
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Icon keyboard.pngBuild > Containers > Barrel

A barrel is a container that holds up to 100 liters of liquid, 100 kg of powder, or 10,000 seeds. See the Powders, Liquids, and Seeds category for a list.

How to Use

  • To fill a barrel, left-click anything you want to put in the barrel, and right-click the barrel. You can hold shift to automatically transfer similar items.
  • You can fill up a barrel with water quickly by lifting the barrel and right-clicking on a water tile. You can do this from a boat.
  • You can lift the barrel and right-click containers like Tanning Tubs, Curding Tubs, Cauldrons (metal and clay) to fill them with various liquids.
  • It is possible refill your waterskin by carrying a barrel of water overhead and then right clicking the barrel with your waterskin. It is also possible to mine while carrying a barrel over your head. This is useful for mining with a pickaxe in your hands since you cannot also wear a bucket.


  • You can use a barrel of milk to feed baby animals if you accidentlly kill off their mother or if there is no lactating adult female present.
  • Swill of varying quality can be stored in barrels for micro management of swill allocation. Additionally, they are better than bucket for averaging out swill in troughs.


  • Added: Legacy 2009.
  • For most stuff that can be put in a barrel or bucket, there is an Empty option. This option is not available for, for example, ashes, black pepper, cave dust, Pipestuff.


Game Development

  • Loose Velvet (2023-06-22) >""Food Trough"s are now effectively implemented as a specific type of barrel, meaning they will present the same GUI as barrels, complete with, most importantly, an "Empty" button."
  • Pocket Bundle (2023-01-17) >"If you play the chord Ctrl-Shift-RMB on a barrel containing some substance, you will attempt to draw as much as possible of the substance from the barrel, rather than the normal single unit Shift-RMB would give you. Would be really cool if these chords were documented somewhere in a tooltip, or w/e(whatever)."
  • Stuffed Fireplace (2021-05-09) >""Barrel"s and "Cistern"s, and "Demijohn"s now present the full tooltip for their contents in their interfaces, including quality, food buffs, &c."
  • Phrygian Barrel Basket (2018-02-08) >"You may now craft directly from barrels. A side effect of this is that items reserved/marked for someone else's crafting are now highlighted in red, rather than your own green. Suggested here, among other places. You're welcome."