In Simple Barrels Mod, everything is simplified to craft barrels in Minecraft. These barrels can store up to 4096 items or blocks of a single type. Latest version works with Hoppers and any mods supporting the new Forge Capabilities system.
Besides, you can now craft this without the item Frame or comparator. The item Frame lets you see what is inside the barrel while the comparator allows the count to be displayed on the side of the barrel. Therefore, you can add these items to get the barrelupgraded, put 4 sticks around the item frame or comparator to upgrade and then shift click the barrel with the item.