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  • What is the Difference Between a Top Outlet and Bottom Outlet Oil Tank?

    A top outlet tank has its outlet placed on its top, and will only work effectively if pumps and valves are used to put the oil under a sight negative pressure. Top outlet tanks must use some kind of system to pull the oil out of the tank, rather than letting gravity pull the fuel out (this method is seen in bottom outlet tanks). Top outlet tanks often require the installation of a tiger loop or use a return line.

    Many tanks of the UK market are supplied in both a top or bottom outlet model – however, this may not apply to tanks serving oil fired stoves. The incompatibility of top outlet tanks with wick burners often necessitates that a bottom outlet oil tank be installed.

  • What Should I Do If My Oil Tank Has Split?

    Any notable signs of damage to your oil tank, especially splits or cracks, should be immediately reported to an OFTEC registered engineer for inspection and consultation. The severity of a situation in which a crack develops on a tank is generally dependent on whether or not the tank is single skin, or bunded. Whilst a crack in an outer bund will have no immediate effect unless the inner container has already leaked, cracks or splits in single skin tanks can lead to a significant leak or spill.

    Regardless of the type of oil tank, action should be taken as soon as possible to prevent further damage and oil loss. Cracked and split tanks can very rarely be repaired – as any remaining integral damage has the potential to cause significant damage to the environment. This means that following the discovery of a crack or split, you will most likely have to replace your tank.

  • What Types Of Fuel Can I Store In An Oil Tank?

    Heating oil tanks are typically able to store kerosene (C1/C2), agricultural fuel oil, and heating oil. Certain models may also be suitable for storing (not dispensing) diesel, and biodiesel blends under B5.

    If you’re looking to dispense diesel, biodiesel, or any other agricultural fuel, in order to comply with UK regulation, you may be required to invest in a diesel dispensing tank.

    For more exact specifications, or for further clarification on what fuels our specific models of tank are able to hold, speak to one of our friendly team members over the phone, or through email. We’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, you can contact an OFTEC registered technician for additional advice.

  • What Is A Diesel Dispensing Tank?

    A diesel dispensing tank is designed with the purpose of both fuel dispensing, and storage in mind. They are typically bunded in order to comply with current UK regulation, and are available in both steel and plastic formats, with the latter typically being more compact. Dispensing tanks include, and are compatible with a wide range of fuel dispensing equipment, including pumps, automatic or manual nozzles, flow meters, vents, and valves. All of these components come together to smoothly deliver fuel from the storage tank, to nozzle.

    RPM fuels are proud to provide a wide range of fuel dispensing units, or fuel stations, which combine storage and dispensing into one convention unit.

  • What Types Of Steel Tanks Are Available?

    Steel fuel tanks are an excellent option for those looking for increased durability and security in their chosen fuel or oil containment option. Due to its popularity as a tank construction material, steel tanks are available in a variety of formats, including;

    • Single skin – a traditional tank type offering a single-walled containment system.
    • Bunded/enclosed – a safer, more commonly used alternative to single skin tanks, offering a secondary containment facility.
    • Bowsers – available in both single skin and bunded format, bowsers can be used for the transport of a variety of substances, including oil and diesel.  Standard site use and UN approved public highway use are available.
    • Generator fuel tanks – a compact and movable way to store larger volumes of generator fuel.
    • Fuel stations – suitable for both the storage and dispensing of fuels, including diesel.

  • What are fuel storage tanks made of?

    Fuel and oil storage tanks are typically composed of either polyurethane plastic or steel. Steel tanks offer the added benefits of a much higher maximum capacity, increased durability, further protection against theft through drilling, and a longer lifespan (if maintained correctly),  whilst plastic tanks are more easily moved, cheaper to purchase and install, and are less vulnerable to leakage when produced in a seamless, bunded design.

    Whilst it is important to ensure that a plastic tank is somewhat protected from the elements and UV exposure depending on the type of plastic it is made from, steel tanks must be maintained in the form of painting or treatment in order to prevent rusting. Both types of tank must be inspected on a regular basis to ensure any signs of damage or leakage are caught early.

  • What is the lifespan of a plastic fuel tank?

    Plastic fuel tanks usually last for approximately 10-15 years – but can last up to 20 years when properly maintained. This longevity is commonly backed up by a 10-year warranty in the case of many major fuel and oil tank manufacturers. The lifespan of these containers can be affected by a wide number of factors, including the design (bunded tanks tend to outlast single skin tanks), conditions, and maintenance. Regularly maintained plastic fuel tanks can last for up to 20 years.

    For those looking for a tank set to last over the 20-year mark, steel fuel tanks may be a safer bet. Though slightly pricier, steel tanks are generally less prone to age and environmental damage.

  • When can single skin oil tanks be used?

    It is legal to purchase single skin oil tanks, both steel and plastic, in the UK. However, there are strict regulations on exactly how and where single skin oil or fuel tanks of any size or specification may be installed – making them illegal where placed and used against regulations. RPM Fuels highly recommend fully reviewing the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001, which may be found on the GOV UK website.

    Notable restrictions include;

    • All single skin tanks must have a capacity of fewer than 2500 litres
    • The tank must not be within 10 metres of controlled water
    • The tank cannot be located within 50 metres of a drinking water source
    • The tank must not be located be installed over hard ground allowing for oil run off to controlled water in the event of a leak or spill
    • The tank must be accessible for inspection and refilling at all times
    • The tank cannot supply more than a single family dwelling

  • How long does it take to install an oil tank?

    On average, installing a new, above ground oil tank will take an OFTEC registered engineer approximately 5 hours. It is extremely important to hire an OFTEC approved engineer when looking to install, replace, or decommission an oil tank in order to ensure all UK procedure is followed, and that your tank is safely installed.

    Procedure to be followed when installing an oil tank includes;

    • All oil tanks containing over 2500 litres installed on domestic properties must have a secondary containment
    • Single skin oil tanks may not be installed under any circumstances in sites within 10 meters of controlled water, within 50 metres of a borehole or spring, or over hard ground allowing for run-off to controlled water.
    • Single skin oil tanks may not be used to store and supply heating oil for any building besides a single-family dwelling.

    For further guidance on oil tank installation regulation, the RPM fuels team recommends consulting OFTEC.

  • Can oil pipes freeze?

    Whilst the majority of domestic and commercial supply pipes, such as water or sewerage pipes can easily become frozen when the temperature drops, heating oil will not completely freeze in pipes. Even in very low temperatures, the oil present in supply pipes, and within a tank, will at mos,t reach a gel-like consistency. This thickness can prove problematic when filtering or dispensing oil, but generally, does not have as much impact as a frozen pipe or tank.