OFTEC plays a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Our trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. We also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work. Our online shop, OFTEC Direct, supplies a range of technical books, equipment and clothing products for heating technicians.View More
Need to know a little more about Oil Tanks?
The information on this page applies to oil storage tanks up to 3,500 litres capacity supplying oil to single family dwellings for heating and cooking purposes. If you need information on larger tanks, or non-domestic sites such as churches or village halls, please contact the technical team at Alltank or contact OFTEC’s technical team. Depending on where you live, regulations may vary slightly. The information here is a general guide, and you should check with an OFTEC registered technician which regulations affect you. Who is OFTEC?
About your Oil Tank…
Modern oil storage tanks come in all shapes and sizes and can be made from either plastic or steel. The size and type that your OFTEC registered technician recommends will depend on your individual requirements. If purchasing an Oil Tank it is law that it is CE approved to keep in line with current regulations. That’s why all oil tanks provided by Alltank, are CE marked.
Your oil tank should be inspected annually as part of your heating system’s regular service visit. Oil tanks, like all heating products have an expected working life (typically 20 years) and, if used beyond this time, the risk of a costly tank failure increases. The tank manufacturer or your servicing technician can advise you on when you should consider replacing your tank.
Why should you know more about your oil tank?
Oil is a valuable fuel; The safe storage of oil has to be thought about carefully and responsibly, it is important to protect your health and safety and to reduce the risk of pollution.
Consider your environment
Most oil tanks are situated in back gardens near to streams, rivers and underground water supplies, it is crucial to consider the condition of your oil tank to stop leaks and spills from contaminating water sources. Oil is toxic and harmful to plants and animals, and is a threat to their environment also.
Dealing with a spill will cause you and maybe your surrounding neighbours with a great deal of stress and inconvenience. You should have insurance cover and your policy should state the following aspects:
- Environmental clean-up for accidental oil loss
- The cost of replacing the oil
- The cost of cleaning up the oil on your own property
- A high enough liability limit to cover your surrounding neighbours.
Remember: its against the law to cause pollution so you’ll have to act to clean up any serious spill or leak that may cause contamination. Also, it is important to keep an eye on your oil tanks condition as your insurance company may not pay if the leak has occurred over time.
AdBlue is commonly know as a potent urea solution that is used in the transportation industry to help reduce diesel emissions. AdBlue is fast becoming the number one fuel in multiple sectors across the transportation and agricultural industry. Currently large transportation company's are using large storage tanks to home their AdBlue fuel. For the every day car or transport services, AdBlue can be topped up and used when needed using a small bottle purchased from a near by garage or petrol station. In some areas there are such things as AdBlue dispenser pumps available.
Thankfully the AdBlue tech guys have designed the solution in a way that it is non toxic, meaning that if the solution is spilt it wont affect the environment. If a spillage or leak occurs and not cleaned up immediately it can leave a nasty crystallization upon drying.
Avoiding spills & How to deal with them
Before dispensing you should always make sure that:
- The containment and dispensing tank or storage facility is correct for the amount of AdBlue.
- The dispensing or storage tank is more than 3 meters away from any water sources including rivers, streams and drains.
- When using a dispensing system always make sure that your automatic or manual nozzle is not left in the open position allowing fuel to be dispensed irregularly.
- If your dispensing equipment is place near a live water source such as pipes, or drains, make sure that you have an AdBlue spillage kit located near your equipment.
- However, please also make sure that the spill kit you choose to use will NEED to have the capabilities to be used with water based products. (SC.ABKIT06A)
As long as you follow the above rules you should be safe from environmental pollution factors. Making sure you follow these steps above will stop the environmental agency issuing you with fines and damage costs.
And Remember! if you do come across an AdBlue spillage then act fast and use a spill kit to clean up the area and wash away the solution before crystallization takes form.View More
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
See our range of Diesel tanks here (offering you the fully legal option to store Diesel)View More
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 readingView More
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 readingView More
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 readingView More
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 readingView More