Steel Oil Tanks

With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, Tuffa offer steel heating oil tanks at a standard we believe no other manufacturer can match.

Steel Oil Tanks Information

Our steel oil tanks are available in single skin or with a secondary containment (a bund). Single skin tanks benefit from their low price and are available in sizes from 900 to 2,300 litres. Our steel bunded fuel tanks are integrally fitted with a secondary containment and are therefore more secure and environmentally friendly than single skin tanks. These are available in sizes from 900 to 86,000 litres and can also be fitted with fire protection to provide extra protection to your premises and contents.

While our steel oil tanks are available in a standard range, we can also manufacture steel tanks to bespoke requirements. That makes steel oil tanks the perfect solution for those looking to replace an existing tank and need the new tank to fit exact dimensions. The high-quality mild steel used in the production of our tanks is extremely durable and weatherproof giving our steel tanks a serviceable life in excess of 30 years.

Tuffa’s bunded steel oil tanks are a completely self-contained, ready-to-use, sealed unit making them easy to move when empty and ensuring a low requirement for maintenance as no rainwater can enter the bunded area. Each tank comes with a high specification as standard with only premium ancillary equipment used. For any advice and to discuss steel oil tank requirements call our sales team on 01889 567700 or complete an online enquiry form.

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?”


Our steel  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 often fluctuate 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 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 Tuffa steel  oil tanks have a life expectancy of at least 30 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.

As a guide, we recommend the following 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.


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.

Stock tanks available with next day delivery – call us for current stock levels. Current build times are as follows:

Steel tanksStock tanks available with next day delivery – call us for current stock levels
 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.



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.

From March 2020 anyone in Wales storing more than 200 litres of oil must have a tank with a secondary containment (bund). Find out more in our blog Oil Storage Wales – Beat the Deadline.

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)

However, with a fire rated oil tank you can install your tank closer to (or even inside) buildings. Find out more in our Expert Guide to Fire Rated Oil Tanks.

Your 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.

All of our steel oil tanks are manufactured to comply with oil tank regulations for the UK. 

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