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Moving house?

Moving house?

Old oil tanks

If you are moving out into the country during 2017, in most cases the home will use an oil fired central heating system. Hopefully, this means that somewhere in the garden should be a steel or plastic tank, in good condition we hope. It is important to regularly check for vegetation around the tank, making sure to cut it back so the tank becomes exposed whilst paying particular attention to the external sight gauge ensuring that the valve and the sight gauge are not damp or leaking. If your lucky enough to have a new tank installed prior to moving home remember that a metal tank will require a coat of paint every few years to preserve the condition.

Regulations

If your new to having an oil storage tank that powers your central heating or for cooking purposes it is imperative to THINK about protecting the environment and the way the tank should not only be installed but looked after. Take a look into the OFTEC domestic oil storage regulations

20 years!

When moving out to the country it is more than likely that the tank that supports your central heating system will need replacing. The sitting life of a plastic storage tank is 20 years,
The tanks that are currently in use in most parts of the UK are are becoming close to twenty years service and should be renewed. If this is the case, you need to find the serial number on the tank, if it is a plastic tank the serial number is embezzled into the top. If the tank is worn or you cant locate the serial number on the tank, check with the manufacturer or check your warranty card.

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How to store & dispense Diesel - the legal way!

How to store & dispense Diesel - the legal way!

Are you storing Diesel legally

Why we store diesel...

If you own a farm or a fleet of Diesel vehicles, i'm sure you will quickly see the benefits of storing Diesel on site.  Simply put, Diesel is cheaper to buy in bulk - saving you cost, whilst also being a lot less hassle - saving you time!  But, you may be wondering how to store & dispense this Diesel?

Because of these great benefits, we often find Diesel stored in tanks on site e.g. agricultural farms, construction sites, commercial properties - however, what many of us don't realise is that there is a legal way and an illegal way to store Diesel on site.

Diesel can be stored in either plastic or metal tanks, the following features apply to both types.  There is no difference in regulation between a plastic or metal tank.

Is your storage facility Legal or Illegal?

The main factors that determine whether you're storing Diesel illegally are as follows:

  • Gravity is used to feed the vehicle (e.g. your tank is at a height in order to let the diesel fall under gravity through the hose into your vehicle)
  • Diesel dispensing equipment (Hose & Nozzle) is not contained within a secure cabinet
  • Diesel is not stored in Bunded (Double Skinned) tanks.

The picture below shows the illegal way to store Diesel!

how to store & dispense diesel Diesel Tank

If you find that you're storing & dispensing Diesel in exactly this way - then now is the time to fix it!  Fortunately, A very quick fix can be made in order to store Diesel legally!

The factors that determine whether you are storing Diesel legally are as follows:

  • Diesel is supplied to vehicle using a Pump (manual pumps, 12v pumps, 230v pumps, 110v pumps can all be supplied with diesel tanks)
  • The pump, hose & nozzle (when not in use) is safely stored within a secure cabinet mounted on the tank.
  • Diesel is stored in Bunded (Double Skinned) Tanks

The picture below is an example of the correct way to store Diesel.

Deso V3500 DD in Use

 

See our range of Diesel tanks here (offering you the fully legal option to store Diesel)

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Tank Base Enhancement Guidelines

Tank Base Enhancement Guidelines

It is important to give domestic oil storage tanks, whether made of steel or plastic a stable base and any grounding support it requires. This makes the tank safe and will protect the environment from disruption and ultimately prevent the likelihood of leakage and loss of fuel. This is a requirement of Oftec and is not something any tank owner should avoid. Creating a suitable base for your tank is easy to do, we've created a number of guides to ensure you get it right. Continue reading

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Red Diesel - Can You Use It To Lower Your Fuel Prices?

Red Diesel - Can You Use It To Lower Your Fuel Prices?

What is Red Diesel?

Red Diesel is no different to White Diesel in substance and function. The main difference is the price of Red Diesel compared to the more widely used White. As of June 2014 the price per litre of Red Diesel stands at 66p while white comes in at £1.36. That's better than half price in cost, and that's what makes Red Diesel so desirable. Continue reading

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Disguising Your Coal Bunker

Disguising Your Coal Bunker

At Alltank we stock a number of Coal Bunkers suitable for a range of materials including coal, wood and salt. These handy storage solutions are necessities for those looking to store coal or fuel safely outside the house. Easy to use, robust and good value for money it's a shame Coal Bunkers can't be just that little bit more glamorous! Continue reading

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Is the Apollo Ultrasonic  oil level monitor the best around?

Is the Apollo Ultrasonic oil level monitor the best around?

Looking at our category page for oil tank gauges you can see the brand that dominates the page is Apollo. The Apollo range of oil tank gauges have a fantastic reputation and with good reason. The gauge that stands out the most is surprisingly not the most expensive of them all. The Apollo Ultrasonic oil tank monitor is a piece of kit we are really impressed with and we’ll tell you why. Continue reading

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Spillage Solutions for Oil Storage

Spillage Solutions for Oil Storage

At All Tank we pride ourselve on stocking all things tank. We now stock a range of spill control solutions to help prevent any major hiccups. Spill prevention is essential to protecting the environment your tank is in. It is important to have solutions such as these in place for the obvious reasons. Preventing major spills and keeping the appropriate areas organised and protected is an easy and affordable solution.

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DERV Tanks For Sale

DERV Tanks For Sale

At Alltank we stock a diverse range of bunded Derv tanks for sale. Derv, or diesel tanks, as the name suggests are suitable for the storage and dispensing of diesel. DERV stands for Diesel-Engined Road Vehicle, this may help you determine if you’re looking for the correct storage tank.

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Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

When selecting your water tank it is essential to first decide what you are hoping to use the stored water for. The difference between potable and non potable water storage will most likely be informing your decision. Continue reading

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Kerosene Tanks For Sale - the Alltank Options

Kerosene Tanks For Sale - the Alltank Options

Kerosene is a very popular fuel which has been used widely throughout the UK since the early 1800s. The fuel is known by many different names, most popularly - Home Heating Oil. As the name suggests its primary use in the UK is to heat homes, providing fuel central heating systems. This is where we at Alltank come in. We have a number of Kerosene tanks for sale. Our stock of tanks range in capacity, size and shape. Continue reading

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