Fire Protected Oil Tanks

Fire protection is an important consideration for any liquid storage solution when it contains flammable materials, such as oil and other fuels. Having a fire protection barrier can help prevent the solution inside the storage tank from igniting. All of our fire rated oil tanks are bunded.

FIRE PROTECTED OIL TANKS INFORMATION

Our fire protected heating oil tanks are bunded and fitted with a unique, patented material offering either 30 or 60 minutes of fire protection. Because the flame-retardant material is integrally fitted around the inner tank during the manufacturing process our tanks come pre-approved with LABC Certification. This reduces costs by making installation quick and easy without the need for any additional fire barriers and site inspectors.

 

At least 30 minutes of fire protection is required in order to locate an oil tank within 1.8 meters of any part of a building that isn’t fire-rated whilst still complying with building regulations. 60 minute fire protection is recommended when locating a tank within an outbuilding or garage. This is useful when space is at a premium and for those who want their tank to be hidden or sheltered. However, our fire protected oil tanks aren’t just about convenience and complying with regulations; they offer real protection in the unlikely event of a fire, providing you with time to evacuate the building and extinguish the fire before it reaches the fuel.

 

This range of oil tanks come with a Secondary Containment (a bund) and are available in plastic or steel, and in capacities from 900 to 90,000 litres. We also have a great range of smaller capacity plastic oil tanks from 1,350 to 2,500 litres are the only plastic tanks on the market offering integrally fitted fire protection. These offer a great lightweight, durable and price-effective alternative to steel tanks. The plastic is made from recyclable polyethylene which is corrosion resistant and UV stabilised, giving our tanks a serviceable life of over 20 years.

 

Our steel tanks are available in capacities from 900 to 90,000 litres and benefit from the ability to customise the specifications and dimensions to your requirements, meaning that they can replace existing tanks within the same footprint. Our mild steel is also extremely hard wearing and has a serviceable life in excess of 30 years making them a great long-term investment.

 

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?”

 

WHAT SIZE FIRE PROTECTED OIL TANK DO I NEED?

Our fire protected 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:

 

GUARANTEE

All of our tanks come with a 10-year guarantee when registered, a 1 year guarantee on ancillary goods, and a 3-month warranty on hoses. 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:

 

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 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.

 

All of our fire protected oil tanks are bunded and therefore comply with oil tank regulations for oil storage, and for tanks sited in locations where oil spills are at risk of contaminating water sources. 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.