I have been thinking about setting up a rain barrel(s) for my garden.
When I read the descriptions for the ones advertised in the catalogues, on-line sites, etc. They say they have to be stored during the winter months.
Is this true?
I don't live in an area that gets a non-stop deep freeze for days on end. I'm in zone 6.
I don't think it would totally freeze solid.
If this is something that can be left out year-round, I will look into it further.
However, if not - I probably would have to pass on it.
I don't have a place where I could store them. No basement, no garage.
I bought mine,paid about $100.00 per barrel.Own 8 barrels.I was told to bring them inside during the winter.I store them empty in my unheated garage.Apparently they will freeze solid and split.Too much money invested for me to take the chance.They stack well but still take up room.If disconnected the barrels so no water would go in them,They could probably be stored outside during the winter.I live in zone 5,have the room to store them inside,so I do.Edge
I live in the Eastern Panhandle of WV - Zone 6 - and have two rain barrels that I got last summer. I left them outside this winter with temps into the mid-teens some nights. They had water in them but were not completely full. They survived the winter just fine, even the hoses on them were Ok. I have been using the water all winter for my house plants.
Zone 7a. We have had our purchased rain barrel 10 years and left it outside, empty all that time (uh, mostly). It has however developed a leak recently. We haven't solved it yet. Could just be accumulation of freeze/thaw and maybe even breakdown of sunlight.
With the terrible drought N. Ga. has been in, we have been quite proud that we did the RB thing a long time ago. :)