Cincinnati Dowel and Wood Products - Makers of Bungs, Wedges & Spiles for Craft Distilleries

We know bungs. In fact, we’ve been making them since Prohibition. Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products founded in 1925, makes a full line of wood bungs for distilleries, breweries and wineries ranging from 1″ to 6″ in diameter and 7/8″ thick. While Poplar tends to be the most common wood, we can provide wood bungs in many other species such as Walnut, Oak, and Maple. Standard bungs come with a smooth finish but are also available with a serrated edge for extra grip. We strive to provide excellent service as well as prompt delivery times.

Bungs for Distilleries, Wineries and Breweries

  • Standard Bungs
    • 2″ Poplar Bungs, 1 7/8″ at the bottom, 7/8″ thick, 5 degree taper.
    • 1 1/2″ Poplar Bungs
    • 3″ Poplar Bungs
    • 2″ Walnut Bungs
    • 2″ White Oak Bungs
    • Custom Sizes – We own the factory so we can make what you need!
  • Serrated Bungs
    • 2″ Poplar Bungs
  • Spiles
    • 1/4″ x 1″ Cedar Spiles
    • 1/4″ x 1″ White Oak Spiles
  • Wedges
    • 1″ x 1/2 ” x 1/4″ Cedar Wedges

Need a Custom Bung or Spile? Since we are the manufacturer, we have the ability to run custom sizes, wood species or other secondary operations.

We offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 anywhere in the continental United States.

Call us Toll Free at 888-369-3571 and let’s get started today!

What is a Bung? A bung is the stopper used to seal a barrel. They are generally made of popular lumber but can be of other wood species as well. The bung hole is usually located on the side of the barrel in one of the staves called the bung stave. Used barrels may have a second bung hole drilled in to the head of the barrel making it easier for a distiller to periodically taste their distillate.

Why Do I Need Replacement Bungs? As spirits age, a distiller or blender will taste a distillate in the barrel many times as it matures. When you ask a distiller how long before their whiskey will be ready they often provide a range of years. The length of time depends on many factors such as the location in the warehouse, the floor in the warehouse, the exposure to light, heat, humidity, extreme winters or extreme summers, etc. Some bungs may pop out with a pounding with a mallet on the the stave around the bung while others may require a Bung Puller. Some bungs will be reusable while other will have to be replaced each time the spirits are tested. With the bung removed, you are now ready to drop in your whiskey thief and taste the fruits or grains of your labor.

What is a Spile: A spile is a small wooden conical or square peg used to close holes or cracks in a barrel. Rather than removing the bung, distillers will often drill a sampling hole in a stave or the head of a barrel to draw off a sample. Once the sample is removed, the distiller will quickly plug the hole with a spile.

Call Direct for Wholesale Pricing 888-369-3571

Eric A. Frey – Sales & Marketing Manager
Cincinnati Dowel & Wood Products Co.
Phone: 937-444-2502 | Cell: 513-207-9735 | Fax: 937-444-4095

Office Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST


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