I live in Denver, and have a small outdoor patio area. The ice barrel fits in a small space, and it’s super light if you want to travel with it (you can easily pop it in the back of a pickup truck). In the winter, the water stays cold, so you don’t have to put ice in every time (if you live in a cooler climate)! In the summer, I fill it with 100lbs of ice, a couple times a week. It does a great job thermo-regulating the water temp – keeps it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. I’m 5’10, 180lbs, and fit perfectly in the barrel.