02/23/12 11:32 PM
When to burn a Sulfur stick?
I'm trying to decipher wine barrel maintenance directions and all of the info says to rinse barrel with water, let drain completely and then burn a sulfur stick in it.
My question is, do I need to let the barrel completely dry-out, or do I just need to wait so that there are no pools of water until I burn the sulfur stick.
The reason why I'm asking is because I drained the barrel of water tonight. Power washed it with hot water, rinsed with cool water. Let it drain completely for 2 hours (confirmed that it was completely drained), and then I tipped it back right side up and burned a half a sulfur stick in it. (I drilled a hole in a sulfur stick, and then used an upside down hanger to lower it half way into the barrel) If I was supposed to wait until the barrel was absolutely completely dry before burning the stick, I'll pull the bung out and give it a good power washing ASAP.
Let me know what you think.