Do you require a brand new metal oil storage tank? then look no further because we offer a comprehensive range of metal heating oil storage tanks that cater for all requirements. Give us call if you need guidance and advice about the correct oil tank for you!
Oil Tank Buying Guide
Many of our customers call and ask for advice on which tank is best for them. There are a few important things to remember when choosing a fuel tank. We’ve produced this guide to give you some tips on what to consider when you're buying or upgrading your tank.
When it comes to installing or upgrading a heating oil storage tank you should make sure that the base and support system is strong and long lasting, if the foundations of your tank platform are weak it could lead to serious safety and environmental issues.
The base should be able to withstand the weight of the tank plus the maximum volume of fuel it can hold. We suggest using concrete or stone as the base (paving slabs are suitable and are quite popular). There should be at least 300mm of extra space around every edge of the tank. If your tank isn’t supported correctly it could lead to leaks and spillages so it’s best to do it right first time. There are also Regional Building Regulations that must be followed.
If you live in England or Wales we suggest contacting an OFTEC registered technician as they can provide self certified work. You’ll also need to contact an OFTEC registered technician for your annual tank inspection.
On average a British household could use between 2000 and 3000 litres of heating oil over a year. If you use fuel-based appliances like AGAs or Rayburns then you may well use more than that. We offer a huge range of sizes from just 430ltr to 15,000ltrs!
At HomeFuels Direct if you buy a larger volume of heating oil we often offer a discounted price. This means that if you buy a tank that can store a larger quantity of oil you could save a lot of money in the long run. If you have a limited budget when it comes to refuelling then perhaps a smaller tank would be more suitable.
Think about how much space you have for a tank, how often you’d like to organise a new delivery and how much you want to spend. You should also consider that when buying heating oil the industry wide minimum order is 500ltr. We also usually suggest you never have less than 150ltrs of oil in your tank, this ensures you don’t run out whilst waiting for your order.
Single skinned tanks are quite self-explanatory, whereas bunded tanks have two “skins” single skinned tanks only have one wall. This can mean they’re more susceptible to puncture if an incident occurred however they are often a cheaper option. If you’re tank is located in a safe place where it’s unlikely to be damaged then a single skinned tank may be the best option for you!
Bunded tanks are constructed in a way which gives the tank two walls. This adds structural strength and limits the chances of distortion even more. Furthermore it means if there was an accident where something collided with the tank, for example gardening equipment or a car, then there is less chance of puncturing the tank and causing an oil spill. Therefore if your tank is near where you park or use gardening equipment it might be a safer option to buy a bunded tank.
When it comes to the design and structure of your tank there are lots of options. Most modern oil storage tanks are made from high strength plastic which is resistant to corrosion and degradation. If you'd prefer a steel tank we do still offer a range of steel oil storage tanks. The tanks' walls are corrugated to ensure that they don't distort over time as the weight of the oil pushes outwards. There are a few options for tank design depending on your requirements: bunded tanks, single skinned tanks, fireproof tanks and fuel depot tanks.
At HomeFuels Direct we stock a variety of oil storage tanks. The majority of our tanks are designed to store kerosene heating oil however some can be used to store diesel fuel. None of the tanks we sell are designed to store LPG. Some people choose to store rainwater in their tanks, however for environmental reasons this should never be done if the tank has contained oil previously.