I bought one 5.28 gallon barrel with brass hops from them. They did a really nice job burning my logo on the head. However, the damn thing leaked terrible from the start. I soaked it in water for days, I soaked it totally submerged in water, I pounded the hops down tighter on the staves. Still leaked terrible. They did send me a replacement with steel hops. This one also leaked terrible from the start. Now I had two leaky barrels! Then tried the French method of repeatedly putting boiling water into the keg. This finally stopped the leaking. Took me three months working on them to finally make them water tight. When I look at the staves you can see they do not fit as tight as better made barrels. After this bad experience I have stayed with used barrels and have had no leakage problems with them.