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In internet literature, a deconstruction barrel is a stationary inert object set out in plain view as a visual indicator to oncoming internet traffic that an obsolete literary work is currently in the process of being demolished so that its raw components may be thoroughly examined, and possibly refurbished and/or cannibalized for the production of some other literary project, or, more often than not, discarded as useless tripe.
Inadequate verbal description
Deconstruction barrels, in spite of their superficial resemblance to ordinary barrels, and like their brethren the venerable orange construction barrels, are almost never used to contain anything, other than, perhaps, some quantity of an inert high-density substance that serves to ballast them against strong gusts of wind. However, unlike the glaring radioactive orange hue of orange construction barrels, deconstruction barrels are painted in a large variety of cool and somber pastel colors, which, while looking charming to the untrained eye, ultimately convey little or no meaning in themselves.
The deconstruction barrel is, evidently, very much an unimaginative derivative of the original orange construction barrel. In fact, one can go so far as to say that whoever designed the original deconstruction barrel in the first place, instead of focusing on clearing space in preparation for a legitimate piece of literature, was more intent on parodizing either (a) Uncyclopedia's frankly ridiculous article on orange construction barrels, and/or (b) the original orange construction barrel itself. Well, perhaps "parodizing" is not quite the right word here.
The intent may be simple (and undeserved) mockery of Uncyclopedia's superficially-better article, which admittedly hasn't really been adequately examined in sufficient detail by the deconstruction crew on hand, given the deconstruction crew's far more important objectives, such as staking claim to yet another chunk of Uncyclopedia's free bandwidth, with little or no cost to themselves in terms of creative effort.
In spite of their warm friendly and eye-pleasing colors, vast number of deconstruction barrels remain unused and neglected, primarily because gigantic signs flashing "DANGER DEMOLITION IN PROGRESS DANGER!" in alarmingly-bright yellow lights have been proven to be 97% more effective in alerting careless drivers to the presence of potentially hazardous deconstruction areas. Some people have said that the mere existence of the weak concept of deconstruction barrels is a completely inadequate justification for devoting an entire Uncyclopedia article to them, but those people have yet to be identified for proper citation. Also, given that Uncyclopedia already has an excellent article on the over-arching subject of "deconstruction", the alleged utility of deconstruction barrels is cast even further into doubt.