Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd - The Tank and Drum Experts

extensive stocks for fast nationwide delivery or collection - 01594 833308  "Excellent service and comms."
Registered with the Environment Agency and members of the Federation of Small Businesses.

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Customer info re: Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic - the situation in constantly evolving and we continue to update our website as circumstances change.
For the time being, and in line with government advice, we are operating a limited service for customers. Our online shop orders are being dealt with and dispatched as soon as we can, though please allow up to 72 hours for delivery at the moment.
For tanks, drums and large items all our dispatch/delivery/collection services are operating as per normal, however our usual delivery times may be a little longer. Customers coming to collect can do so from our Milkwall, Station Road premises during the week but by appointment only. This is for the health and safety of staff, customers and drivers alike. Ring 01594 833308 for more information. Drivers and visitors are asked to adhere to the new procedures put in place following the latest government guidelines. We will deal with all collections at our gates under these new procedures, no drivers or members of the public will be allowed on site. We are following the latest government guidelines and ask that customers, visitors, delivery/collection drivers do too, by adhering to social distancing and following hygeine advice as recommended. You will find our staff will be doing the same. Our main premises will not be open on Saturdays for the foreseeable future.
We will continue to monitor the situation and want to send all the best to our customers in these difficult times. We will be here for as long as we are able to serve your needs: should you need to replace a leaky oil tank, need IBCs for hand sanitiser or steel drums for urgent waste disposal. Stay safe all.


"Thanks so much for your help. I have to say your help and customer focus has been first rate since I first contacted you..."  customer via email

Who are Smiths of the Forest of Dean Ltd?
We are a long-established family business so you can buy with complete confidence. We have many satisfied, returning customers and a 5 star Google rating. Whatever your needs we are here to help you by providing a fast, efficient value-for-money service backed-up by excellent stocked products and a lot of knowledge. Many thanks for the referrals from the forums of www.moneysavingexpert.com. We maintain the lowest carbon footprint in terms of transporting stock into our depots and are proud of our recycling heritage too - we have been recycling tanks and drums for decades. We became Members of the Federation of Small Businesses. We hold a Waste Carriers Licence, which is registered with the Environment Agency, carry a Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence and an Environmental Permit Exemption. Recently we became members of SEDEX.

Where are you?
We are conveniently located in the Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and you can call in anytime during normal working hours or order over the phone or from our online shop. All customers are welcome to pop in and we have parking onsite.

I have had my tank delivered but where are my fittings?
Have a look inside and you will usually find them tucked safely in there.

How quickly can I have my tank?
Straight away usually - because we know what our customers want and that is to buy now, so many of our tanks and fittings are stocked. We can do same day dispatch on many products - just ring before 11am, delivery costs will vary. Otherwise most items take 2-4 days for delivery, orders before 2pm for smaller items are sent out the same day and normally take 1-2 days to arrive. For many larger items, for a charge we can do next day delivery. Bespoke tanks will take longer. See our delivery information.

Can you supply the fittings for the kind of tank I want?
Yes we can. We stock many fittings including sight gauges, valves adaptors, pipes, hoses, taps, pumps etc. What's more wherever you want your taps, outlet, hoses, adaptors and so on fitted we will do our best to accommodate you. Call in and tell us or simply email over a drawing of your requirements. We have electronic low level, overfill and bund alarms specially chosen for their suitability. See some of our fittings here and in our online shop.

Can I pick the exact tank I want?
Yes, you can if it is a stock item. Call in and choose the exact tank you want and we can deliver it. Most people choose what they want online and phone their order through. Either way is fine with us. If you have particular tanks in mind, best to give us a ring on 01594 833308 first and confirm stock levels.

What guarantee do I have?
Our new fuel tanks carry a full manufacturer's guarantee. You may need to register your tank and conditions may apply. See details on product pages.

How do I know it is a quality tank?
We have decades of knowledge regarding tanks. These years of experience have made us very choosy about the suppliers we work with. For example oil tanks have an OFTEC Certification and are manufactured by OFTEC members - OFCERT LICENCE is an Oil Industry Technical Specification. You can view the OFTEC website at www.oftec.co.uk

I'm concerned about environmental issues, are you?
We are with you on this. We have recycled, reconditioned and remanufactured products. On top of that, most of our new tanks and drums are made from recyclable material. As a company we source from local manufacturers wherever it is practicable, reducing the impact on our environment and keeping our carbon footprint in mind when making decisions. When you buy a new polyethylene domestic or bunded oil tank from us the installers will take away your old plastic tank. Your old tank will be sent for regrind and then recycled and reused for other new plastic products. This applies to our local catchment area at the moment e.g. adjacent counties. Conditions apply. Our new IBC tanks are from a premier manufacturing company who put ecological factors at the forefront of their manufacturing process.

Can you fit my new oil tank in for me?
Locally, we can offer a complete changeover service by an OFTEC Certified Engineer. 

What is a bunded tank and do I need one?
The best way of describing it is a tank within a tank and you may need one. There are important regulations regarding oil storage, give us a ring and we can advise you. You will find more information here - domestic tanks and bunded tanks and on the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk

I don't want a plastic oil tank. Can I have steel oil tank instead?
If that is what you want, that's what you can have, as we can offer a range of steel tanks, single skin and bunded. Some are stocked and some are made-to-order. The made-to-order are often the best high capacity option for oil storage.

Will I be able to have my tank delivered and if I want to can I collect?
Yes and yes no problem. Delivery can be arranged to most postcode areas - prices vary. All products can be delivered. As for collecting you can turn up on anything from a pushbike to a tractor or with an artic lorry and we should be able to fix you up with what you need. Depending on what you are looking for and the quantities, you may want to phone 01594 833308 and check stock levels first.

Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, in person at our Yard or have your credit/debit card on standby and give us a ring 8.15am to 4.30pm weekdays - 01594 833308. If you prefer to order online we have many products in our online shop and ebay shop  All our phone credit/debit card transactions are governed by Lloyds Cardnet or WorldPay. We accept VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Can I pay by PayPal?
Yes you can.

My old oil tank is leaking! Can you help?
You'll need help fast and we understand speed is important. We can probably help, if you are local, by recommending a specialist OFTEC Technician who can do a changeover service for you.

Are recycled tanks and drums ok to use?
They are great for many purposes, just tell us what you want to use them for and we will confirm if they are suitable. They will have signs of use and some may have surface wear and tear. They are superb industrial quality and stocks go very fast. Colours, capacities, sizes and stocks of recycled containers will vary.

What's been in your recycled tanks and drums?
Usually fruit juice and food-based products - we carefully source our recycled drums and tanks, only using reputable, trusted suppliers so you can by with confidence.

I urgently need an emergency tank for liquid food storage. Have you anything suitable?
Yes, your best option is our new multi-purpose 1000 litre IBC tanks. They are approved for liquid food storage. Certified.

Do you supply anything else as well as standard tanks and fittings?
Yes we do. Along with the standard oil tanks we supply food grade IBCs, heated jackets for IBCs, jumbo water tanks, fuel stations, stainless steel IBCs, baffled tanks, bunded tanks, conical tanks, steel drums, plastic drums, plastic jerry cans, plastic buckets and bunds. We have stocks of recycled tanks and drums too. Plus plenty of fittings and IBC assessories.

Who have you supplied?
People, businesses and corporations from every walk of life and every area of the economy. Even Dr Who on another planet... (though maybe not really another planet...). Our customers include 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.

Opening hours. What are they?
Our Milkwall depot is normally open for customers from 8.15am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. We are closed on Bank Holiday weekends. See also our online shop and ebay shop

Will you send me a Price Pack?

Yes, just phone or email your name and postal address for us to mail one out. Or we can email a pack. Please say what products you are interested in - email us.

Will I be a satisfied customer?
With our experience and knowledge we hope to ensure that you are. We are very proud of our 5 star Google rating and 100% eBay rating.

My company have ex-food recycled tanks and drums for recycling. Are you interested?
Yes we are, must be food-based though. Please send photos and tell what the containers have been used for, where you are located and the quantity you have available. We will get back to you within 24 hours.

I need your VAT number and company registration number for my accounts. What are they?
Our VAT number is -136721965 and our Company Registration number is -03759872.

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