Very much so, plus the modern barrels (kegs) are almost infinitely refillable. However some whiskey/wine barrels sre reused for the other to infuse a particular flavor.
The amount of natural carbonation is fairly low even with the secondary step to aid its production. A bung popping would signify an issue with the barrel/batch and most likely one that will be dumped.
Barrel production is certainly neat, but with so few craftsmen left to make them, even with modern manufacturing methods, its rapidly becoming a lost art.