are storage units that, like bins
, conserve stockpile
space by containing several items of the same type. They can be made out of wood
at a carpenter's workshop
(requires one log
for each barrel) or forged from metal
at a forge
(requires 3 metalbars
). Non-magma forges
also require one bar
For information on managing barrels in stockpiles, see using bins and barrels
. When a barrel is emptied, it may be used again or stored in a furniture stockpile.
For most uses, barrels can be replaced by a large pot
, which has the same storage capacity (and requires no wood
) and is only one quarter as heavy as a barrel made of the same material
. Typical stone pots will be 33% heavier than wooden barrels. Fire clay "stoneware" pots weigh the same as a wooden barrel, while earthenware pots are lighter but must be glazed.
Barrels are used in building dyer's shops
. Using a valuable masterwork or artifact
barrel to build one of these buildings can significantly increase fortress wealth
Barrels can hold up to 60 prepared meals, plants, or cheeses, 30 pieces of meat or fish, any number of units of brewed alcohol
(but only a single stack), 100 units of lye
, or 6000 eggs regardless of size. However, alcohol brought at embark
will be in barrels that only contain up to 5 units each; this due to alcohol barrels allowing only 1 stack and embark items coming in stacks of 5 units or less.
The name of a barrel can vary by circumstance: the name of an empty barrel is the material it is made of, e.g. "tower-cap barrel", otherwise a barrel will be named for what it contains with its material appended, e.g. "dwarven wine barrel (tower-cap)". Additionally, if a barrel is assigned for use in a stockpile, the number of the stockpile will be appended, e.g. "dwarven wine barrel (tower-cap) <#1>".
Some dwarves call these "very large cups" when alcohol is involved.Photographed by Ivankish