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How well your rain catcher stands up under adverse weather conditions depends on the shape of your rain barrel.
This is the design utilized on four of our series (Agua Fria, Cubo, Villa & Peso). Expanding ice MUST be dealt with or it will rupture your rain catcher, no matter what it's made of.
Vertical parallel sides offer less resistance to expanding ice than constricting shapes. Plus, this shape allows very high hoop strength for the quantity of resin used. This is the reason that all large tanks are round.
This is the shape utilized on our Nino Series. While not as structurally strong as the cylindrical shape, some people prefer this shape for aesthetic reasons. Because expanding ice pushing against vertical walls creates large forces in the corners of any shape (that has corners), we taper our walls outward to dramatically reduce this stress. Tapering the walls outward also creates two additional benefits:
This is one of the most recognized and attractive shapes in the world. It is also quite possibly, the worst shape to use for a rain catcher in freezing weather. Once the barrel is half full, the expanding ice will have nowhere to go. For this reason alone, caution should be used before you spend your money. We currently offer no barrel shapes.
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. W.C. Fields