Buying an external fuel tank to supply heating oil to the home is a major investment, of course, and it also represents a responsibility to the environment. The cost of keeping a home warm in the winter months can be substantial, but purchasing oil in this way allows for the property owner to make some significant savings in this area.

There are several types of tank available on the current market, and it’s important that consumers select the right one for their needs. Before siting any heating oil tank, however, there are a number of factors to consider:

A growing number of home-owners are opting for plastic tanks nowadays. They are relatively inexpensive and, although they may not look particularly strong, they are extremely tough and robust. Usually, they are made from moulded polyethylene, and will generally be green in colour.

In the past, the most popular choice was steel, and although it’s been overtaken by plastic in many homes it still represents an excellent and viable choice. The interior of the tank is treated with a protective oil-resistant coating, and new purchasers need to bear in mind that this coating will need to be maintained over a period of years.

Single or double skinned durability

Both steel and plastic tanks can be single or double-skinned. Needless to say, the latter will offer a greater level of protection against damage or contamination, but will also cost more to buy. Which of these options you choose will obviously depend on your requirements and your allocated budget.

Every tank should have a bund installed around it, in order to contain any spillage. The damage that can be done to the environment by a broken tank is substantial, so it’s important to bear this in mind when purchasing a new tank. Some people opt to purchase a tank with an integral bund already fitted, which will usually be capable of holding 110% of the tank’s total capacity.

Often, it’s a prudent course of action to seek the advice of a specialist before making a decision. Concerns over health and safety need to be taken into account, and the input of an expert often proves invaluable.