Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd

The Tank and Drum Experts - for fast delivery or collection - 01594 833308.
 Same day dispatch on most stocked products for orders before 11am.   For Fittings orders phone/online before 2pm.

 Registered with the Environment Agency and members of the Federation of Small Businesses     

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Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd - conveniently located in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

  • We are one of the leading independent suppliers of new and recycled tanks, drums and containers to Industrial, Agricultural and Domestic customers - nationwide. 
  • We hold large stocks so that customers don't have to wait for products. you can call in and choose or opt for fast delivery.
  • What's more wherever you want your taps, outlet, hoses, adaptors etc. fitted on your tank or barrel we will do our best to accommodate you.  Call in and tell us or simply send over a drawing of your requirements. 
  • As a family-run business, established in 1973 with an online website since 2003, you can buy from us with complete confidence.
  • Whatever you need we will help you by providing a fast, efficient value-for-money service backed up by products from excellent manufacturers, many UK based.  In this way we maintain the lowest carbon footprint in terms of transporting stock into our depots.  
  • We are proud of our recycling heritage too - and have been recycling tanks and drums for decades.
Our past and present customers include:  
Forestry Commission Glastonbury Festival  Jaguar Services National Trust The Olympics Stadium
BBC The Prince's Trust University of Bath RAF Fairford London Underground
Whipsnade Park MAFF/DEFRA Pinewood Studios Ealing Studios Cirque du Soleil
Monmouthshire CC Tilbury Docks Gloucestershire CC Royal College of Art ... to name just a few.
Plus we're proud of the referrals from:


Ray Smith started from our Milkwall depot in Gloucestershire and the business enjoyed increasing organic growth over the next two decades, providing  tanks and drums across the country. 

Ray Smith and Son and our sister business Dean Drums, rapidly established a name for quality service and first-rate products, particularly in the area of recycled tanks and drums. 
This successful partnership continued to expand until by the mid 1990s the firm acquired another depot to add to its existing operation.  We now run the company from these two sites and in recent years an additional warehouse has been built.

The company has divided into three distinct divisions supplying local, national and international customers. -

 * New and recycled tanks and drum sales, plus fittings - for industrial, agricultural and domestic users.
 * New and recycled wooden pallets - supplying a fast and efficient service to local businesses.
 * Warehousing and haulage - successfully providing responsive customer-focussed services
     for local companies/PLCs.

In 1999 the partnership of Ray Smith & Son evolved into the limited company Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd.
The firm is still an independently owned business with the three Directors and Company Secretary all being family members.  Ray Smith is active as a senior consultant.

We have developed into a small dynamic company providing specialist services and cost-effective products,
predominantly throughout the UK, but also to Europe.  In 2009 we became Members of the Federation of Small
Businesses.  We hold a Waste Carriers Licence, which is registered with the Environment Agency,  a Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence and an Environmental Permit Exemption.

Smiths of the Forest of Dean's customer base has increased year-on-year and includes county councils, country estates, builders, cider makers, farmers, plumbers, heating engineers, film units, exhibition centres environmental and waste disposal companies etc as well as individual home owners and domestic users.

We have retained our original premises in Milkwall and see customers returning time and time again, which is very satisfying.   If you want a single one-off drum or hundreds a week we will endeavour to provide you with a fast and efficient service, whoever you are.  Ray Smith founded the business on the principle that every customer, big or small is very important to us and that remains as true today as it did then.


"Order was dropped off today.  Lovely IBCs and barrels!!!  I'm well impressed.  Thank you very much."     Customer in the Midlands
"Thank you for a superb service."     Customer in Norfolk.

Our drums and barrels have featured in films and the theatre.  Supplied to:
Jason Bourne, Skyfall, Les Miserablés, Jack the Giant Slayer, plus World War Z, the Dark Knight and Atonement.
Or on TV in BBCs Waking the Dead and ITV's Primeval.
Theatre credits include Bristol Old Vic, various West End Productions, The National Theatre on the South Bank and Cirque du Soleil.

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Many products are stock items.

Smiths at NEC

Call in and collect or we can deliver nationwide and to some countries abroad.

Our tanks, drums and barrels have featured in films and the theatre. Supplied to:
Jason Bourne, Skyfall, Les Miserablés, Jack the Giant Slayer, World War Z, The Dark Knight and Atonement.
Theatre credits include Bristol Old Vic, London West End Productions, the National Theatre on the South Bank and Cirque du Soleil.

Need prices and information?
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of staff.

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Call in or phone your order through. Many items are in our online shop.

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Express delivery normally takes 1-2 days for individual items. And 2-4 days on quantities.  Ring before 11am for same day dispatch. You can also choose next day delivery at an addition cost.