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When oil drum salesman Nathan Pearson was taking time out for a grill pandemic lockdown meeting, he hit upon the idea that charged his company.

Nathan and his team decided to turn brand new 45 gallon upright steel drums into grills, as well as a range of drums for sale for outdoor use and for refurbishing used drums.

Eight months and 60 barbecue sales later, his good idea developed into a thriving business that grew out of his garden and the storage unit he rented in Saltney.

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This has resulted in him moving to a large 40-foot unit in the River Lane location of Lock Stock Self Storage so he can keep growing the business.

Nathan of Chester started trading in petroleum waste, but after selling that business he saw the potential in the bins and 45 gallon drums were born.

He said, “It was originally an online store selling the drums and using a storage unit at Lock Stock and in my backyard, but we outgrew that and came up with this idea at a barbie business meeting.

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“We can also turn the drums into tables and chairs, as they are ideal for outdoor garden furniture, are robust and durable and can easily be printed with company logos or designs.

“Earlier this year we had an order for 100 tables from a rum company that was unfortunately canceled when the ban came in, but I hope they come back.

“I think the idea is right for the tough times we live in because people want to be outside, because it’s easier to meet that way, and what could be better than meeting around a barbecue where it’s nice and warm. “

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Its storage unit has now been painted by muralist Sam Porter and provides an attractive setting for a leisure area perfect for the Friday afternoon barbecue business meeting that started this success story.

Mike Trow, Lock Stock Site Manager for North East Wales and Chester said, “Nathan was really inventive and saw a great opportunity here.

“He used to rent from us, but when he saw the opportunity for his business to grow, he moved into this space down the street and bought one of our storage units that he painted.

“It’s perfect for him and provides a great backdrop for his outdoor seating and BBQ area.”

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The barrels that are made on site are both brand new and reconditioned. The refurbished barrels were previously lined with plastic bags to hold fruit juices and other edible liquids before they were steam cleaned, dented, and repainted to look like new again.

Nathan and his assistant Rob Randall have plenty of room in the unit to do the remodeling work and he now has big plans for the outside area with ideas for a grill school and even open air weekend catering stands.

He said, “We have a network of people who have the skills to make all of this possible and our plan now is to get a little crazier and come up with more ideas for the space we have here.”

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