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A reliable source of fuel is essential to running a busy farm. The type of fuel tank you choose depends on the amount of power used, the geographic location of your business, etc. One might get confused while selecting the best possible tank for the firm. Read this article to learn about the types of tanks you can use for storing fuel.

Above Ground Fuel Storage Tanks: Above ground fuel tanks are best suitable for farms with lower energy consumption. Overhead tanks typically store 1250 to 2000 liters of fuel. Previously, oil companies used to provide these storage tanks, so installation costs were next to nothing. However, those days are long gone. In recent times the cost of transporting a tank of agricultural fuel falls on to the farmers. The advantage of the overhead tank is that there is no need for an electric pump as gravity will do the trick.

Surface Fuel Storage Tanks: Unlike overhead tanks, ground fuel tanks do not require a supporting structure. According to environmental protection regulations, ground storage tanks with a volume of more than 4000 liters must be protected to prevent leakage or damage. So you don’t have to worry about large tank stands and running out of fuel. 

  • More capacity also means lower transportation costs. With pre-built tanks, you don’t have to waste time or cash to build support structures. Generally, the cost of purchasing a pre-bonded tank is about half of the cost of building a single-wall fuel storage tank and assembling a complete set of equipment.
  • Portable bonded tanks are also available to store up to 18000 liters of fuel and be transported to different locations within the property with carrying fuel inside.
  • Above-ground storage tanks have a high degree of built-in safety. Surface tanks have lockable hatches at all the entrances. When the storage tanks are not in use, they can be closed with heavy locks.

Underground Fuel Storage Tanks: With a capacity of 10,000 liters or more are underground tanks are cheap. For farms that store fuel, underground reserves can save a lot of money by reducing the fuel loss caused due to evaporation. The massive size of the underground storage tank also lets the farm reduce the recurring cost by ordering local bulk fuel delivery. Furthermore, underground fuel storage can prevent fuel from being stolen.

Pre-owned Fuel Storage Tanks: A quick Google search is enough to find second-hand fuel tanks, and they are not always a poor choice. Many farmers buy second-hand fuel tanks from gas stations. However, if you consider getting one, be sure to find out what the previous owner had stored and if it is cleaned. Keep in mind that the used tanks might be 10-20 years old, so you have to make many upgrades over the years. Check for maintenance issues, including rust stains and weak connections. Due to fuel waste, the seal will also degrade over time. Therefore, consider checking and repairing them after purchase. 

Clarissa Cooke

Clarissa Cooke