Heating Oil Tanks

Our heating oil tanks conform to all UK oil storage regulations. They are suitable for domestic, commercial and agricultural use, while safeguarding both property and the environment against costly and damaging spills.

HEATING OIL TANKS INFORMATION

Homes and business premises not connected to the national gas grid rely on kerosene and a reliable heating oil tank. We have a range of heating oil storage solutions which are safe, reliable, compliant with UK regulations and made from quality materials making them very durable.

 

Our single skin tanks range from 900 to 2500 litres and are available in both steel and plastic, whilst bunded versions are available in capacities from 900-90,000 litres. The secondary containment that our bunded tanks provide are a legal requirement for capacities above 3500 litres.

 

At Tuffa UK we have our own unique, patented fire protection material offering 30 or 60 minute fire protection. Our 30 minute fire protection enables you to legally locate your tank within 1.8 meters of your property – this is otherwise restricted by storage regulations unless you have alternative protection such as a firewall. For those aiming to store their business or domestic heating oil tank in an outbuilding, we recommend 60 minute fire protection. Our fire protected tanks aren’t just a convenience to circumvent regulations, more importantly they increase the safety of your home or business in the unlikely event of a fire, giving you enough time to evacuate the building and extinguish the fire.

 

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.

 

Should I choose a plastic or steel heating oil tank?

Plastic and steel heating oil tanks each have their own benefits. Steel heating oil tanks have a serviceable life expectancy of over 30 years and can be manufactured to tailored specifications and to exact dimensions. This makes them perfect for replacing old tanks within the same space. Our plastic tanks are a great affordable alternative to steel. They are also lighter than steel making them easier to move when empty while still being highly durable with a serviceable lifespan exceeding 20 years. Furthermore, these are the only plastic tanks on the market available with integrally fitted fire protection in capacities up to 2500 litres.

 

WHAT SIZE FIRE PROTECTED OIL TANK DO I NEED?

Our heating 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.

 

A higher capacity oil tank 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 your tank 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 tank. 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 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 heating oil 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.

 

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.

 

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