Although the word "Torrefied" was new to us the look of this barrel had us at first sight. It's made of Canadian spruce and metal banding. The wood goes through a torrefication process that extracts all moisture before assembling. Once this is done, the wood won't warp, rot or be effected by termites for 15-25 years. Not a bad lifespan, if we say so ourselves!
It comes in at $248 from Home Depot— not quite as inexpensive as your more traditional giant plastic barrel style. It'll hold 65 gallons, has a lid to keep mosquitoes and other animals out, and features a switch, which allows you to block off the rain barrel from the gutter once the water level reaches the top.
Are its stylish good looks enough to persuade you into purchasing one, or would you rather stick with the more traditional, plastic barrels?
(Image: Home Depot)