It's about 300 times as heavy as a Pig
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 280 times the weight of a Pig, and the weight of a Pig is 0.004 times that amount.(Domestic pig, Sus scrofa domesticus, a.k.a. S. domesticus) (adult)
Domestic pigs weigh between 6.10 firkins. The titular character "Babe the pig" in the 1995 family film was played by 48 different American Yorkshire piglets due to the length of filming and the rate at which piglets reach adulthood.
It's about 300 times as heavy as a cubic meter of Snow
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 300 times the weight of a cubic meter of Snow, and the weight of a cubic meter of Snow is 0.003 times that amount.(Freshly fallen, standard conditions; measurements taken in Norway, 1965-68)
One cubic meter of freshly fallen snow under standard conditions weighs an average of 5.60 firkins. Assembled in 2008, the world record largest snowman was constructed of 140,000 firkins of snow and stood 37.21 m (122.1 ft) tall.
It's about 350 times as heavy as The Heart of a Blue Whale
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 350 times the weight of The Heart of a Blue Whale, and the weight of The Heart of a Blue Whale is 0.003 times that amount.(Balaenoptera musculus) (adult)
(for a 2014 specimen)
The heart of a blue whale weighs about 4.90 firkins. These hearts pump an estimated 7,100 L (1,875 gal) of blood through the whale's massive body.
It's about one-three-hundred-fiftieth as heavy as The Statue of Liberty
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 0.0028 times the weight of The Statue of Liberty, and the weight of The Statue of Liberty is 355 times that amount.(a.k.a. Liberty Enlightening the World, a.k.a. La Liberté éclairant le monde) (total weight, including foundation)
The total weight of the Statue of Liberty, including her base is roughly 603,000 firkins. The statue was designed using an optical trick known as "forced perspective" to make the statue appear proportionally correct when viewed from its base and is, in actuality, disproportionately large at the top.
It's about 400 times as heavy as a Reindeer
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 419 times the weight of a Reindeer, and the weight of a Reindeer is 0.0024 times that amount.(for Rangifer tarandus granti, adult, bull) (a.k.a. Caribou) ()Rangifer tarandus)
An adult, male reindeer weighs between 4.05 firkins. Reindeer undertake a lengthy annual migration, with some herds traveling up to 5,000 km.
To all those observing, Merry Christmas from the Measure of Things.
It's about 450 times as heavy as a Panda Bear
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 460 times the weight of a Panda Bear, and the weight of a Panda Bear is 0.002 times that amount.(a.k.a. Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca)(Adult, male)
An adult, male Giant Panda weighs up to 3.70 firkins. Despite having the digestive system of a carnivore, the panda eats only bamboo and must eat up to 0.160 firkins of it per day to compensate for the limited energy the plant provides.
It's about 800 times as heavy as a Kangaroo
In other words, 1,700 firkins is 820 times the weight of a Kangaroo, and the weight of a Kangaroo is 0.001 times that amount.(for red kangaroo, Macropus rufus) (adult, male)
An adult, male red kangaroo weighs up to 2.10 firkins. Fantastic jumpers, red kangaroos can leap horizontally 9 m (30 ft) and vertically 3 m (9 ft) in a single bound.