Celina Tent recommends using stakes or concrete anchors to anchor a tent - we do NOT recommend water barrels for anchoring a tent, canopy, or shelter. Water barrels/drums do not provide enough holding power to safely anchor any kind of temporary structure. Deadweights may be a solution for anchoring a tent, but must be adequate in size and weight. Here's why:
Deadweights and Water Barrels: THE PROBLEM WITH WATER BARRELS!
Why Avoid Water Barrels?
Stake Pull Demonstration (14/15) Water Barrels
Stake Pull Demonstration (15/15) Deadweights/Concrete Blocks
What's Wrong with Water Barrels?
Article By: Maura Paternoster, ARA Insurance Services