- The tank of domestic fuel: different materials
- Which size of tank to choose?
- Some important selection criteria
The domestic fuel tank is an indispensable part of your heating system if you own an oil fired boiler. What are the characteristics of the tank of domestic fuel? How to choose it?
The tank of domestic fuel: different materials
Currently, two types of materials are used for domestic fuel tanks: steel and polyethylene.
Polyethylene is the most used for home use because it is an inexpensive and space-saving material. It does not rust and reduces the smell of oil.
Steel is rather reserved for large capacities. It is used especially by companies or in buildings. It is highly shock resistant, and has a double wall that ensures no leaks.
Which size of tank to choose?
Domestic fuel tanks come in different sizes and shapes to suit your needs.
To choose the right size of domestic fuel tank, rely on your fuel consumption. Ideally, your tank should be big enough so that you do not have to fill it more than twice a winter.
The tanks have an average volume of 700 to 2500 liters, and can even be coupled if your needs are important. You will find the most suitable capacity! However, be aware that for a capacity greater than 2500 liters, you must install your tank in a dedicated room meeting fairly strict standards, and that to store volumes greater than 10000 liters, you will need a prefectural authorization.
Some important selection criteria
In order to choose your tank, remember to check that it:
- Meets CE or NF standards. These standards guarantee you high quality, efficient and secure equipment;
- Has a double wall to limit the risk of leakage. If this is not the case, it must have an integrated retention tank;
- Has a leak detector, to ensure your safety and avoid heavy expenses related to an undetected leak;
- Has a gauge so you can control your stock at any time.
The domestic fuel tank is a vital part of your heating system. Do not hesitate to seek the advice of a professional to make your choice!