BTW, I hope you didn't blindly throw that remaining barrel wood away.
If it was a wine or whisky barrel in its recent life. It would make some mighty fine smokin wood.
Where did you find the barrel? I have been looking for a cheap source for old barrels to chip up for smokin. I already have apple, maple, black cherry wood in the collection for the fire box. But it would be nice to have some recently used red wine or whisky barrel wood, just to mix it up sometimes.