Steel containers provide simple storage space

Steel storage containers that can be moved in sections and easily assembled offer a quick solution for farmers who need extra storage space.

Safeco containers resemble shipping containers when assembled but fold down to 12 inch flat-packs that can be easily transported and moved.

“I can walk them through something as small as a man gate into the backyard and I’ll assemble them on site. It takes me about 20 minutes to assemble a container,” said Gregory Yelland, owner of QuickStor Containers in Lloydminster, a dealer for the Store Anything Fast and Easy company of Saskatoon, which imports Safeco containers.

Unlike shipping containers, Safeco containers are easy to move around and have venting in the roof to reduce condensation inside.

There are two steel options for the containers: 22 gauge and 25 gauge.

“The 25 gauge steel container will have all steel frame for the floor, and the floor itself is made with ¾ (inch) OSB (oriented strand board) that is treated so mice won’t chew through it or water won’t seep up into it,” Yelland said.

“The walls typically sit down onto some brackets and clip into place, and then the walls are connected in the top corners all the way around. The roof sits down and it has pins, brackets, that go through the walls at the roof and then they’re clipped into place.”

The heavier version of the storage container with the 25 gauge steel assembles the same way and has the same 3/4 inch thick OSB floor, but the steel is heavier in the frame as well as the walls and the roof.

“The heavier duty ones, we can pick up from the roof with a two tonne load inside of it, if a person has a crane or something,” Yelland said.

There are forklift sleeves on both models, which can be stacked 10 high when in the flat pack mode and up to three high when assembled with a load in them.

The containers need to be tied down when they are stacked on top of each other to protect against the wind.

Farmers who want to store hazardous material can get a container with a graded steel floor and sump pump.

“They are really good for storing tools or materials, anything you want to keep secure,” Yelland said.

“Some people have bought small ones for the corner of the field to put electrical panels in them or to put a generator in them in the yard.”

He has 150 of these containers in his rental fleet that people often use when renovating their homes, but he has sold the container for many purposes, including to store all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles.

“They are pretty much all seven feet wide and seven feet high, and go from three feet out to 23 feet,” he said.

“And they can be connected together either end to end or side to side, so I can make you a small airport terminal out of them, or a garage. We also have insulated units.”

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