40d Talk:Barrel

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Content ideas?[edit]

Not sure exactly what we should have in this article. I'm taking out info on alcohol and putting that into its own article, but Mix Food might be noted on the Orders page. I'm moderately sure that I'm right about this order, but I may not have tested sufficiently - change it if you decide otherwise. --User:Thexor, unsigned

Barrels not used for food?[edit]

I have a food stockpile near my dining room, and a furniture stockpile near my crafters. The food in the food stockpile appears to be dumped on the floor, while spare barrels sit in the furniture stockpile. How can I fix this? --Shoez 17:56, 18 April 2008 (EDT)

If the food stockpile has been entirely filled, dwarves won't move a barrel over. You need to clear some floor space in the food stockpile before they'll do so. This is one of the quirks with how it handles barrels.
You can try designating another food stockpile to get the ball rolling, or try dumping some food in order to make room.
Addendum: Also check to see that you aren't reserving any barrels in the Stockpiles setting. --JT 18:07, 18 April 2008 (EDT)
It's also possible that your food is something like -Minced Plump Helmet Stew [85]- and thus won't fit in a barrel. Cooking usually causes this. --Dadamh 15:08, 3 June 2008 (EDT)
Personally, I never use barrels except for alcohol and my single seed barrel. Prepared meals just don't take up that much space. That doesn't help you, though. --Savok 16:27, 3 June 2008 (EDT)

Barrel amounts?[edit]

Are there any barrel amounts, apart from 5 drinks per barrel? Would be nice to know for the extra barrels ;) --G1real 17:13, 19 June 2008 (EDT)

Just added something that is hopefully correct. Qwertyu 05:06, 20 June 2008 (EDT)

Empty Barrels not really empty?[edit]

Sometimes my dwarfs put a barrel someplace pretty random. In this particular case it is on the dining room floor. Although the barrel seems empty (it doesn't show any content when i look at at it (k), it is not recognized as an empty barrel. It's it not stored with other empty furniture, it cannot be used for brewing, etc. It feels like there's something I'm missing here.

Most likely a dwarf was in the middle of a haul job (put barrel in stockpile, brew drink, whatever as long as he was carrying the barrel) and decided he needed to (drink/sleep/break). Since the item is in the middle of a job, and the job wasn't canceled, no one else can use the barrel until the job is completed. For example, I once had a cage with 25 or so goblins in it. Because it was so heavy, it took a dwarf 10 "work sessions" to move it to a new location. Each session he would move it a couple squares and then take off to drink/eat/etc. I occasionally looked in on the progress, often I just saw the cage without a dwarf "en route". But, if I tried to build the cage, it wasn't listed. I've seen stone designated for dump laying around. Eventually the dwarf will come back and finish the job. Also, keep in mind that most things need to be in a stockpile before they are "seen" as available. In your case, if you forbid and then reclaimed the item, some other dwarf with item hauling would probably move it for you.--Kwieland 13:14, 20 March 2009 (UTC)