Oil Tanks

Our oil tanks lead the industry in innovation, technology, safety, and reliability. Our range is purpose-designed to include suitable oil storage options for homeowners, domestic properties, commercial businesses, and agriculture, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for then please contact our team to discuss a custom-made solution.

Oil Tanks Information

Tuffa’s oil tanks are designed, built and tested to the highest quality industrial and British Standards. For domestic and commercial markets in the UK and internationally, we are a leading oil tanks manufacturer with over 30 years’ experience. We pride ourselves on manufacturing an excellent variety of bunded oil tank types, which can be created to hold as many litres as you require.

 

Tuffa’s 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, which prevent leaks and spills. If you have specific requirements, we will work with you to produce a design to your specifications and supply a bespoke oil tank that meets your exact needs.

 

In addition to our standard bunded oil tanks and heating oil tanks, we have developed a unique, patented fire rated oil tank.

 

You can also check out An Expert Guide to Heating Oil Storage for information, advice and industry insights covering everything from the basic question “what is heating oil?” to the money-saving “how can I get the best price for heating oil?” Alternatively, to learn more about Tuffa’s fire-rated oil tank range and how you can install your tank adjacent to (or even inside) a building then check out our Guide to Fire Rated Oil Tanks.

 

WHAT SIZE OIL TANK DO I NEED?

Tuffa’s oil tanks can be a long-term investment. The bigger the capacity oil tank you order, the more money you can save on kerosene, albeit at the greater initial cost of the oil 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 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 standard tanks have a life span of at least 20 years, money 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:

 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SINGLE SKIN AND BUNDED OIL TANK?

Tuffa Tanks manufactures high-quality oil tanks, suited for residential, commercial and agricultural premises. We aim to manufacture bespoke tanks which are suited to your exact need, from litres weight capacity to tank shape and size.

 

However, it can be confusing to understand which tank is best suited to your requirements. To put it simply, a single skin tank features one skin that the oil is contained within. A bunded oil tank has a tank within a tank, which is referred to as a bund. If you’re unsure whether a single skin or bunded oil tank is best suited to your requirements, then a member of our team can help you out.

GUARANTEE

 

Our bunded oil tanks come with a 10 year guarantee when registered and our single skin oil 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 oil tank to extend its usable life. If you have purchased or are looking to purchase a Tuffa oil tank and are not sure on how many years guarantee you have, you can get in touch with us and helpful member of our team will help you out.

 

DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION

Tuffa Tanks are generally built to order. We can arrange delivery to sites across the UK, or oil tanks can be collected from our factory in Uttoxeter.

 

Typical build times are as follows:

 

Plastic tanksStock 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 tanksSmall 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 oil 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 dictates the legal requirements for storing oil on a property in England. The main points are:

 

  • All steel and plastic 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 contaminating surface and groundwater must have a bund.

 

  • Oil tanks must have a life cycle 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 bund 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:

 

England – Control of pollution (oil storage) regulations 2001

Wales – Control of pollution (oil storage) regulations 2016

Scotland – The Water Environment (Controlled Activities) Regulations 2011

Northern Ireland – Control of pollution (oil storage) regulations 2010

 

Building Regulations

 

Oil Tanks connected to combustion devices like central heating and ovens must also adhere to regulations. These regulations cite the distance which your oil tank must be from boundaries which aren’t fire rated. Your oil tank must be:

 

  • At least 1.8m away from any part of a non-FR structure (e.g. properties, 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 steel or plastic oil tank must also be sited on a hardcore base at least 50mm thick which extends at least 300mm past the furthest point of the oil tank on all sides.

 

If you have one of our fire protected oil tanks then the fireproof material allows you to site your tank within the fire separation distance. All you have to do is supply a hardcore base which is at least 50mm thick. Find out more information in An Expert Guide to Fire Rated Oil Tanks.

 

Our product range means that we have the right tank for you to make sure you adhere to regulations for your bunded oil tank’s size, location and usage. Additionally, our fire protected range is LABC certified and can lawfully be sited within close proximity to properties in areas which would otherwise be restricted.

 

For any enquiries contact our sales team on 01889 567700 or use the online enquiry form.