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When natural gas is unavailable, homeowners are left to choose between oil and propane to fuel furnaces, boilers and water heaters. Fuel oil continues to be a popular choice because of its high heat content and relatively competitive price.
Unfortunately, the use of fuel oil has been hindered by concerns relating to storage safety and loss of efficiency due to the accumulation of contaminants. The burn process involves a high-pressure spray injected through restrictive nozzles. Impurities from a corroded tank can affect combustion and lower efficiency. Oil storage tanks that leak create a mess and can lead to a potentially expensive environmental remediation.
When purchasing an oil tank, it is important to understand the different product and installation options. Choosing a tank with durable construction, sufficient capacity and easy installation will help ensure that the heating needs of the household are satisfied without high costs and aggravation.
Deficiencies in traditional storage containers have led to the characterization of oil as a "problem" fuel. A conventional upright steel tank can rust, which often leaves a ferrite sludge residue in the bottom of the tank. This rust byproduct can clog filters, nozzles and the orifice where the oil is drawn to the burner. The stand is also usually made of steel, and if a leg is weakened by rust, the resulting collapse of the tank can be catastrophic.
Although publicized for sensational impact, leaks in storage tanks are relatively rare. To guard against the possibility of an unexpected leak, the National OilHeat Research Alliance (NORA) has established an oil tank integrity evaluation procedure, which can be conducted by a certified testing company.
Continued improvements in storage tank technology have resulted in vessels that are stronger, safer and have a longer service life. There are three basic construction designs that offer a variety of different features and benefits.
When considering an oil storage tank purchase, tank accessories can help improve safety and extend the life of the tank. Oil Solutions manufacturers several complimentary products including the Tankmate protective oil cover, the Tank Tub 110 percent containment enclosure and the Tank Pan, which protects against minor leaks and driver overfills.
The Roth Tank represents the state-of-the-art in storage tank science. Roth combines a seamless, high–density polypropylene inner tank with a galvanized one-piece outer steel enclosure to provide the safest and most reliable oil storage tank product available. With a smaller footprint, greater capacity and a lighter weight than conventional steel tanks, Roth tanks provide exceptional performance and peace of mind.