Oil Tanks Information
Tuffa’s oil tanks are designed, built and tested to the highest quality industry and British Standards. For domestic and commercial markets in the UK and internationally, we are a leading manufacturer with over 30 years’ experience.
Our plastic oil storage tanks and steel oil tanks are produced in a range of capacities from 900 up to 200,000 litres. They are manufactured using quality parts and materials, ensuring safe and reliable storage. If you have specific requirements, we will work with you to produce a design to your specifications and supply a bespoke tank that meets your exact needs.
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WHAT SIZE FIRE PROTECTED OIL TANK DO I NEED?
Our oil tanks can be a long-term investment. The bigger the capacity tank you order, the more money you can save on kerosene, albeit at the greater initial cost of the tank. Bulk buying kerosene has numerous benefits. Kerosene prices fluctuate (sometimes wildly) so buying fuel when prices are low and making the most of any deals or incremental savings offered by your fuel supplier, can give you real savings.
Higher capacity storage also means you need to refuel less frequently, reducing the price you pay for deliveries and diminishing the risk of running out of fuel altogether. As our tanks have a life expectancy of at least 20 years, these savings can really start to add up and surpass the additional costs of purchasing a larger capacity. That’s why we recommend the highest possible capacity for your budget and available space.
While we think that bigger is better when it comes to tank sizes, here is a rough guide of tank capacities for domestic use:
Our bunded tanks come with a 10-year guarantee when registered and our single skin tanks come with a 2 year guarantee when registered. All of our tanks have a 1 year guarantee on ancillary goods. We recommend regular maintenance of your tank to extend its usable life.
DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION
Tuffa Tanks are generally built to order. We can arrange delivery to sites across the UK, or tanks can be collected from our factory in Uttoxeter.
Current build times are as follows:
|Plastic tanks||Stock tanks available with next day delivery – call us for current stock levels|
|Small standard tanks (up to 2500 litres): 7-10 days|
|Large standard tanks (over 2500 litres): 2-3 weeks|
|Steel tanks||Small standard tanks (up to 2300 litres): 4-6 weeks|
|Large standard tanks (over 2300 litres): 8-10 weeks|
To comply with Local Authority Building Control your oil tank installation needs to be signed off by a Competent Person. We recommend using members of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) who can install the tank to meet regulations and self-certify their work. Find APHC installers.
OIL STORAGE REQUIREMENTS AND REGULATIONS
The Control of Pollution Regulations (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 dictate the legal requirements for storing oil on a property in England. The main points are:
- All oil tanks with a capacity of 3500 litres or more must have a secondary containment (a bund).
- All oil tanks located in an area where spills risk polluting surface and groundwater must have a secondary containment (a bund).
- Oil tanks must have a life expectancy of at least 20 years.
- Oil tanks must be made of a material suitable for the oil type stored.
- Ancillary equipment (not including the fill pipe or draw-of pipe) must be within the secondary containment system.
- Automatic overfill prevention devices must be used when it’s not practical to observe the vent pipe or tank.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
With an increased focus on protecting the environment oil storage regulations are becoming increasingly strict and regulations in Wales now require all new oil tank installations with a capacity over 200 litres to be bunded. In Scotland, all oil tanks with a capacity above 2,500 litres must to bunded. Tanks in Northern Ireland follow the same secondary containment requirements as England and must be bunded when above 3,500 litres in capacity.
To find out more about oil storage regulations in your country click on the appropriate link:
Northern Ireland – Control of pollution (oil storage) regulations 2010
Oil Tanks connected to combustion devices like central heating and ovens must also comply with building regulations. These regulations cite fire separation distances – distances that your oil tank must be from boundaries which aren’t fire rated. Your tank must be:
- At least 1.8m away from any part of a non-fire rated structure (e.g. buildings, eaves & windows)
- At least 0.76m away from non-fire rated boundaries (e.g. a fence)
- At least 0.6m away from screening (e.g. trellis & foliage)
Your tank must also be sited on a hardcore base at least 42mm thick which extends at least 300mm past the furthest point of the tank on all sides.
If you have one of Tuffa’s fire protected oil tanks then the fireproof material allows you to site your tank within the fire separation distances. All you have to do is supply a hardcore base which is at least 42mm thick.
Our product range means that we have the right tank for you to make sure you comply with regulations for your tank’s size, location and usage. Additionally, our fire protected range is LABC certified and can lawfully be sited within close proximity to buildings in areas which would otherwise be restricted.
For any enquiries contact our sales team on 01889 567700 or use the online enquiry form.