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Tips for storing logs during the winter

October 21, 2016

It’s that time of year again where it’s time to start planning for the winter.

So, after a long, wet winter last year, it’s more important than ever to get stocked up and make sure you have enough logs to take you through winter.

How much firewood do you need?

This is the most difficult question to answer and depends on so many factors such as the size of your house and the use of the wood but advisement suggests working on about 3 – 4 m3 per annum. That’s based on using it most evenings and weekends from October to April.

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Where’s best to keep your bike?

July 11, 2016

Cycling has enjoyed something of a renaissance recently, with a growing number of people across the world opting for pedal power over other methods of transportation. It’s not difficult to see why, either. As the population rises, roads get busier; the costs of driving and using public transport are growing too.

In a bike, you have a means of getting from A to B cheaply and quickly without impacting the environment. Throw easy exercise into the mix and it’s a no-brainer! When you’ve spent big on some new wheels, though, you’ll want to keep it safe at all times. That means thinking carefully about where you store it.

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How to make the most of your garden shed this summer

June 23, 2016


Come rain or shine, us Brits are always determined to spend as much time outdoors as possible during the summer. After all, it’s the only time of year we get to bring out the barbecue, don the short shorts and work on that tan.

It stands to reason, then, that if you have a shed you’re currently not making much use of, you’re probably thinking of giving it a bit of a revamp. Sheds aren’t just somewhere to store the bikes and garden tools; with a bit of hard work they can become amazing spaces.

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Export success wins Queen’s Award for Trimetals

April 29, 2016

Trimetals Managing Director Garry Smith with the Dorset based company’s top selling Bicycle Store product. “Pedalling” their wares overseas with significant success has just won Trimetals the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

The impressive export achievements of Trimetals have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

The Dorset based specialist metal storage manufacturer receives the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade having demonstrated significant and sustained growth in global markets.

Already Europe’s leading manufacturer of quality metal garden storage buildings, Trimetals has focussed on worldwide expansion to deliver international sales growth averaging 33% per annum and totalling 283% over the last six years. Overseas trade now accounts for 18% of the company’s revenue.

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How to protect your bike

January 5, 2016

Did you know that nearly 400,000 bicycles are stolen every year in the UK? That means that once every 90 seconds, a bike is taken from an unsecured shed, a front garden or from a public location.
There is no ‘might’ about it – if you don’t properly secure your bike, it will get stolen sooner or later. Here is what you can do to deter the thieves and stop your bike from becoming an easy target.


Buy a decent lock (or two)

The key thing to remember about any thief is that they need to work quickly. They want to get in and get out fast, as it reduces the chance of them being caught. A weak, cheap padlock will break within seconds; if you invest in a stronger lock, though, it will take them much longer to remove it from your bike. This will make them more likely to abandon your bike and try another.

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How to build a shed: Things to consider

November 5, 2015

Garden sheds can be amazingly useful for storing all kinds of things. In most, you’ll find a mix of garden furniture, bicycles, tools and toys, all kept secure and safe from the wind and rain. It’s a great way to create more room in your home and garage, and to ensure the space you have outside remains tidy.

The easiest route to shed ownership is to buy a pre-designed one from a reputable supplier, but if you want to learn how to build a shed from scratch, there are a few things you might need to consider.

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Cycle storage solutions: Your options compared

July 13, 2015

A bike can be a great investment. With more and more cars clogging up our roads, what better way to get from A-B than cycling? Benefits include fitness and cost-efficiency among so many others.

Once you’ve covered the initial purchase price, your running costs are pretty close to nothing, but with bicycle theft still rising across the UK, you’ll want to keep your new ride safe at all times. So how do you go about storing it at home?

You have a few bike storage options, each with their own pros and cons, so let’s get down to comparing them.

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The Top 5 Gardening shows on UK Television

May 28, 2015

Here at Trimetals, we’re constantly on the lookout for inspiration when it comes to producing our next high quality metal product. And like most of you, we also often find ourselves sat raptly in front of the television some evening. Inevitably, there’s been a degree of crossover in these activities, with many gardening shows proving informative and inspirational when it comes to determining he design and functionality of future Trimetals stock.

We’ve compiled a list below of our top 10 UK gardening TV shows; many have offered us some great ideas, or reinforced some of our existing thoughts. Some we just enjoyed!

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Gas cylinder storage – Convenience and safety

May 6, 2015

There are a number of ways to store gas cylinders but this article concentrates on enclosed stores used predominantly by mobile home sites and industry.

Storage of gas bottles within an external housing – to prevent tampering, theft, or for aesthetic reasons – presents a number of important considerations.

Metal storage perfect for gas bottles

Obviously, the materials used to construct the store must be fire resistant. Therefore, wood or plastic stores are not permitted.

Concrete, brick or metal are all suitable materials, with most manufacturers using metal as it can be prefabricated then flat packed and built up fast and easily on-site.

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Storage & sheds for small gardens – Get the most from your garden space

March 11, 2015

If your home has a smaller garden than most, you can find your options for a shed or storage unit are considerably limited.

This needn’t be a lasting problem however, as we stock a wide range of high quality metal garden storage options at Trimetals. No matter what your specific storage needs, we are confident that we have the solution.

In order to help you make the optimum choice when it comes to locating the ideal garden storage product, we have taken a look at some specific categories of garden storage, and recommended the best options within those categories for smaller gardens.

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New garden cabinet with multiple shelving options – The Guardian

February 19, 2015

We’re passionate about all of the products we sell at Trimetals, from our range of superior quality metal sheds and garages to our Police Approved cycle storage units and new range of Patio / Decking boxes.

However we are really excited about the new Guardian storage cabinet, it is the first product we have sold which is not manufactured by ourselves.


Keep your bicycle secure and safe from thieves!

January 16, 2015

Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK, it is now also a very popular pastime to help keep healthy and a viable method of transport for commuting (especially in cities such as London where there has recently been a huge investment to promote the benefits of cycling).

People are also spending considerably more on their cycle and equipment and many dedicated cyclists often own more than one bike, maybe a road bike, mountain bike and possibly also a hybrid.

Cyclist walking dog
Unfortunately, cycles (unless they are the clever foldable versions) are not that easy to store, they take up a fair amount of space and if used regularly must be kept accessible i.e. they cannot be placed at the back of a crowded garage.

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INTRODUCING: the new Patio Box / Protect•a•Box range

December 15, 2014

Here at Trimetals, we’re proud to unveil the latest product in our comprehensive selection of garden storage options; the garden patio box “Protect•a•Box” range.

Coming in two different size options, this new range of metal garden storage solutions has been manufactured with a focus on design as much as storage capability; the Protect•a•Box is about adding as much value and function to your garden as possible, on top of being a secure and protective storage space for garden tools and accessories.

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Better safe than sorry! – Three tips for securing your garden

November 14, 2014

Of all the items that can be stolen from an individual’s property, gardening tools and equipment are perhaps the easiest for prospective thieves to take. They generally offer a good level of value to thieves, with minimal risk involved in the act of theft, especially when compared to items of comparative worth that are contained within your house.

To counter this risk, we’ve collected some useful tips on how to best protect your garden, along with the tools and equipment stored within, from thieves.

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Wooden and plastic sheds vs metal sheds – how they compare

October 21, 2014

Purchasing a shed can be a great way to add much needed storage space to your living quarters. However, choosing which type of shed to use can be a difficult and confusing decision.

We’ve listed the pros and cons of each type of material to help you find which shed is best for you.

Wooden Sheds

A wooden shed is the most traditional of the three and can be customised to create a very specific size or shape.  They can be painted any colour to match your house or surroundings, and they can easily be dressed up with unique features such as trellising  or window flower boxes.

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One man’s Titanic (shed) achievement

August 19, 2014

Anyone who owns a shed knows these are not just places to store tools and equipment – they are part of our homes and used for a variety of different purposes. Having said that, I was quite sceptical when I heard about one man’s shed. Apparently, it contained a perfect recreation of the Titanic’s interior.

Ok, that’s not entirely true. Obviously, he hasn’t constructed a bridge, cargo deck, passenger quarters etc, but his recreation of the historic ship has certainly raised one or two eyebrows. Rather cynically, I logged onto the Derby Telegraph to find out more.

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Trimetals – The cycle storage choice of Thames Valley Police

July 30, 2014

We are pleased to be working alongside Thames Valley Police to keep bicycles safe and secure with the Trimetals Protect a Cycles Pro range.

The Thames Valley force has installed Trimetals cycle stores at the new neighbourhood police office in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. When the station was relocated from a site which had a structural garage, to a new facility where space was more limited, secure cycle storage became a must-have. In terms of security, Protect a Cycle Pro simply cannot be bettered.

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Storage Box or Shed – Which is best for my garden?

July 16, 2014

With the rate at which everyone accumulates possessions seeming to increase exponentially, it’s fair to say that in today’s world, space is at a premium.

This is no different in the garden, as space can quickly be eaten up by large equipment (lawnmowers, hedge trimmers), garden furniture (lounge chairs, picnic tables) and sporting equipment (football nets, bikes).

One of the most obvious (and certainly most effective) fixes for a cluttered garden is to store the offending items in some form of garden storage solution.

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Patio Storage or Lawn Storage – Where do I put my Garden Shed?

July 1, 2014

A Garden Shed is an important feature in any garden, allowing for a wide range of potential uses. Many people use their sheds for the all weather storage of outdoors tools and equipment, from lawn mowers to power saws. Other more green fingered shed owners will utilise their garden sheds for the potting of plants, and to store their various gardening tools and implements. The sky really is the limit in terms of utility; but new shed owners quickly find that their shed becomes an integral feature of their garden.

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Are you ready for National Shed Week?

June 16, 2014

Did you know the first week of next month is National Shed Week (1st-6th July 2014)? – a time when enthusiasts and fans of everything shed-related come together and celebrate the wonders of these little huts.

Sponsored by wood care solutions company Cuprinol, National Shed Week has been running for the last eight years and has gathered quite a following. Consequently, it seems likely that this event will be continuing for some time.

However, those who are new to gardening or don’t own a shed might question the merits of such a celebration. After all, aren’t these huts just part and parcel of any house?

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Static Caravan Storage options – Sheds, Units or Undervan Boxes?

June 13, 2014

Storage space is always a problem no matter how large your house. However, it is even more of a consideration when you own a mobile home or a static caravan, where owners consider new purchases in terms of “where will we put it?” rather than “do we really need it.”

This is especially true of more bulky items, it’s great to have a barbeque set for those long summer evenings outside, bicycles for exploring into the countryside, fishing rods to relax next to the local river or lake, outdoor chairs and tables; the list goes on – but where do you store them?

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Outdoor Storage Solutions for Schools – What are the benefits?

May 1, 2014

Storage is a common problem for schools. With many staff and pupils all in the same place, there is always a huge amount of equipment that needs to be put somewhere. Schools are often restricted on space, so smart solutions are hard to come by and much needed. Whether it’s in the class room for children’s work or outside for the caretakers, you have to think smart for effective storage.

Storage for School Groundskeepers

For any school, keeping the grounds and sports fields in good shape and ready for any matches take a lot of time. It also usually involves some sizeable items of grounds keeping equipment as well. Kit including lawn mowers, line marking equipment and sprinkler systems are expensive and often represent a considerable investment for a school, so secure storage is a must-have. On top of that, it’s heavy and difficult to move around, so having it stored close to the areas it will be used is another essential.

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Something for the Weekend: The North’s Great Garden Party

July 19, 2011

No plans for the weekend? Visit the RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park has a fresh and vibrant feel, bursting with sizzling colour and summer perfumes. Seize the last chance of the season to pick-up expert advice, shop for all your gardening needs and enjoy top class dining at this spectacular summer finale.

Wednesday 20th July – Sunday 24th July 2011. Buy on the day, £28.00 for non members