Heating Oil Tanks

We provide quality heating oil tanks suitable for a variety of commercial, domestic and agricultural uses in the UK. This includes fuelling boilers for hot water and central heating, to fueling Agas. Our heating oil storage tanks protect both nearby properties and the environment from any damaging spills and are available to purchase as single skin or bunded tanks.

HEATING OIL TANKS INFORMATION

Our single skin oil tanks range from 900 to 2500 litres and are available in both steel and plastic. Alternatively, our bunded heating oil tanks are available in capacities from 900 to 86,000 litres.

All oil tanks that are 3500L and above are bunded as standard to comply with UK oil storage regulations.

 

The benefits of our heating oil tanks

Homes and business premises that aren’t connected to the national gas grid rely on kerosene and a reliable heating oil tank. We have a range of heating oil storage solutions that are safe, reliable, compliant with UK regulations.

 

Safe and fire protected

At Tuffa UK, our Fire Protected Oil Tanks are manufactured with a patented fire rated material and are an LABC Assured product. This offers 30 or 60-minute fire protection.

Our 30-minute fire protection means that you can place your tank within 1.8 meters of your property. Alternatively, this likely wouldn’t be possible without a firewall. For those who want to store their heating oil tank within a domestic outbuilding, we recommend opting for one of our 60-minute fire protected tanks.

Our fire protected tanks don’t just help you remain compliant, more importantly, they protect your home or business in the unlikely event of a fire. This gives you time to evacuate the building and for the fire to be extinguished.

Discover more about the benefits of fire protection in An Expert Guide to Fire Rated Oil Tanks. You can also check our Expert Guide to Heating Oil Storage for information.

 

Durable and long-lasting

All of our heating oil tanks are manufactured to impeccable standards. Our plastic tanks are made from a tough, recyclable polyethylene material, offering a long-lasting oil storage solution for your home or business.

Alternatively, we also provide weather-resistant steel heating oil tanks to ensure your tank lasts as long as possible.

 

Trusted by brands worldwide

We have an extensive portfolio of high-profile clients, both nationally and internationally, and our heating oil tanks have been used across a variety of sectors.

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

 

OUR HEATING OIL TANKS

BUNDED PLASTIC & STEEL HEATING OIL TANKS

A bund is essentially a tank within a tank. The secondary containment provides integral protection from leakage and overfilling.

Bunded heating oil tanks provide a cost-effective and fuel-efficient heating oil storage solution. They can hold larger quantities of oil (from 900-86,000 litres) and they provide additional protection for the surrounding environment.

 

PLASTIC & STEEL SINGLE SKIN HEATING OIL TANKS

If you require a heating oil tank for your home, single skin tanks are also a viable option. Bunded tanks aren’t always a requirement for domestic properties, therefore, single skin tanks can provide an economical solution for heating oil storage at home.

 

SHOULD I CHOOSE A PLASTIC OR STEEL HEATING OIL TANK?

Steel and plastic heating oil tanks each have their own benefits. Our steel heating oil tanks have a lifespan of 30+ years and can be manufactured to your desired specifications. This makes them perfect for replacing old tanks within the same space.

Our plastic heating oil tanks are a great affordable alternative to steel. They are also lighter than steel making them easier to move when empty, whilst still being highly durable.

Our plastic bunded oil tanks will last at least 20 years when correctly used, installed and maintained. Furthermore, these are the only plastic tanks on the market available with integrally fitted fire protection.

 

WHAT SIZE HEATING OIL TANK DO I NEED?

The size you choose will depend on the size of your operation or frequency of use. However, we always recommend choosing the highest possible capacity tank for your budget, so that you can take advantage of the savings of bulk-buying oil.

When you opt for a bigger heating oil tank, you’ll also refuel less often, reducing delivery costs and the risk of you running out of fuel.

 

WHAT SIZE ARE HOME HEATING OIL TANKS?

Home heating oil tanks come in a range of sizes, from a small unit (approximately 2000x625x1450mm) fit for a 2 to 3-bed house to a larger tank (approximately 2840x1520x1630mm) for homes with 4 or more bedrooms. 

 

GUARANTEE

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

Our heating oil 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. Typical 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 heating 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 dictates 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).
  • Heating 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 rules are becoming increasingly strict and regulations in Wales now require all new oil tank installations with a capacity of over 200 litres to be bunded.

All new oil tanks installed in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland must be bunded when the tank has the capacity to store above 2,500 litres in capacity.

 

To find out more about regulations for oil storage 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

Heating oil tanks connected to combustion devices like central heating and ovens must also be held to regulatory standards. These cite fire separation distances – distances that your oil tank must be from boundaries that aren’t fire rated. Unless the oil tank is integrally fire rated or uses a fire barrier it 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 heating 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 tank on all sides. We have a diverse range of heating oil tank types that are regulation compliant and come in several shapes and sizes. The tank shape is determined by how many litres of heating oil you need to store and whether you require heating oil storage for domestic or commercial purposes. Contact us for a quote on our LABC Assured fire protected tanks.

 

FAQs

 

CAN HEATING OIL TANKS BE INSIDE?

Fire-rated domestic heating oil tanks with 60-minute fire protection can be installed inside an uninhabited outbuilding e.g. a garage. We manufacture oil tanks integrally fitted with a fire-resistant material. This means our tanks can be sited inside buildings without requiring additional building work.

 

HOW FAR SHOULD AN OIL TANK BE FROM A HOUSE?

Building regulations state that tanks must be installed a minimum of 1.8 meters away from a house or boundary which isn’t fire rated. However, our tanks can be fitted with a fire rated material enabling a tank installation a minimum of 300mm away from your house.

 

HOW MUCH ARE HEATING OIL TANKS?

Heating oil tanks for domestic properties start at around £500 for a 1,300-14,000 litre plastic single skin oil tank. However, we would always advise purchasing a bunded tank as this offers greater protection to your property and the surrounding area. Prices for bunded oil tanks start at around £1,000.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL A NEW OIL TANK?

Heating oil tank installations vary from about £600 for a basic installation of a small tank using an existing base. The costs increase if the installer is required to do more work such as drain and dispose of the old tank, and add a new line and trench, or make a tank base.

 

HOW LONG DOES A TANK OF HEATING OIL LAST?

How long a heating oil tank lasts depends upon how frequently it’s used, the size of the tank and the efficiency of the boiler. As a rough guide, you can expect to use around 2.33 litres per hour of continuous use for home heating.

 

HOW LONG DO HEATING OIL TANKS LAST?

The life expectancy of heating oil tanks when correctly installed, used and maintained is 20 years for plastic tanks and 30 years for steel tanks. For plastic heating oil tanks, this duration is a requirement of CE marked tanks. However, both steel and plastic heating oil tanks have been known to last much longer than their life expectancy.

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HAVE A NEW HEATING OIL TANK INSTALLED?

Heating oil tank installations start from about £600 for a basic installation of a small tank using an existing base. The costs increase if the installer is required to drain and dispose of the old tank, add a new line and base. The tank itself will cost anything from £500.

 

CAN I INSTALL MY OWN HEATING OIL TANK?

It is not mandatory to have a heating oil tank installed by a professional – it can be done yourself. However, you will have to notify your local authority and a site inspector will be required to inspect and authorise the installation. The costs for this vary.

 

HOW MUCH ARE HEATING OIL TANKS?

Home heating oil tanks for domestic properties start at around £500 for a 1,400-litre plastic single skin oil tank. However, we would always advise purchasing a bunded oil tank for greater protection for your property and the surrounding area. Prices for 1,400-litre bunded oil tanks start at around £1000.

 

HOW OFTEN DO OIL TANKS NEED TO BE REPLACED?

A well-maintained bunded oil tank should have a life expectancy of more than 20 years for plastic and 30 years for steel. An oil tank should only need replacing if it’s damaged or warped and cannot be repaired. The person who services your tank should be able to advise you when you need to replace an oil tank.

 

WHAT IS A DOUBLE BUNDED OIL TANK?

A ‘bund’ is a secondary container protecting the contents of the primary container. When people refer to a ‘double bunded oil tank’ they really mean a ‘bunded oil tank’ – a tank within a tank with a capacity to hold 110% of the primary tank’s contents.

 

IS A BUNDED OIL TANK A LEGAL REQUIREMENT?

Whether a bunded oil tank is a legal requirement depends upon which country the tank is in, whether it’s used to fuel a domestic or commercial property and the proximity of the oil tank in relation to local water sources.

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