Burn trademarks of manufacturers on the staves or the head of barrels.
What does a Barrel Brander do?
Burns initials or trademark of manufacturer on staves or heads of barrel: Lays barrel horizontally on carriage of brander and turns handwheel, raising carriage and forcing barrel against hot iron. Turns handwheel to rotate barrel in carriage and bring another stave in contact with iron. Lowers carriage and removes barrels when specified number of staves have been branded. May use hand-operated, gasoline-fired branding iron. May heat irons bearing single letter or mark and apply irons to barrels. May stamp consecutive numbers on barrel staves to facilitate reassembly by customers.