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Oil tank outside installation

jdl
jdl Member Posts: 13
I'm going to deactive my in-ground oil tank and want advise on putting a 275g.tank outside in Long Island, NY. Is there a viscosity issue? Or a corrosion issue?
Thanks in advance. Jeff

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  • Scott Kneeland
    Scott Kneeland Member Posts: 158


    yes there is , yes there is and don't put a tank outside unless there is no other choice.

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  • jdl
    jdl Member Posts: 13
    OIL TANK OUTSIDE INSTALLATION

    I'd like to add that I'm talking about above ground installation. Are there code considerations?
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,537
    No

    You can do it as long as it's on a concrete pad. I would also make outside my last resort and use either a ZCL tank,Roth tank or TankTub. http://www.oiltanktubs.com/

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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,299


    Code issues vary with your location. Check with the local building dept. to see who has jurisdiction. They will probably want a concrete pad or other suitable foundation(were talking about 2100 lbs) and possibly some sort of cover or weatherproof protection.

    Ed
  • I've had an oil tank

    outside my house on Long Island going on 30 years , and never has there been a viscosity issue . A few years ago I switched to a Roth oil tank and the oil line froze up with a oil/water mix . Their brand pickup tube sits on the bottom of the tank , and the oil line was temporarily run across concrete . My fault totally - I always keep the tank 1/2 full or less , a perfect environment for condensation . For our customers we hard pipe the outside Roths and every other type tank at least 3 inches off the bottom .

    Corrosion could happen from the outside or the inside . We try to keep all our customer's tanks full enough so condensation stays at a minimum . We also always try to sell a cover , but it is an option . The regular tanks we install come painted black , not the prettiest thing to see if you have light color siding .

    My company abandons buried tanks and installs new ones on the side of a house quite often . No viscosity issues I've heard of . There are code issues , sometimes it varies from town to town . Where are you located ?
  • Ragu_5
    Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
    Also...

    The fuel used in an outside oil tank becomes a real issue when the temperature drops in the winter. Here in Maine, we used to use a 50/50 mix of #2 Fueloil and Kerosene in the winter for outside tanks; however, that has changed in recent years. Since the quality of oil has deteriorated, our local oil companies STRONGLY suggest the use of straight kerosene in outside tanks in the winter. Customers who insist on using a 50/50 mix are required to sign a waiver, absolving the oil company should cold-oil related no-heat calls develop. Food for thought.

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  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,537
    Ron

    That's why the ZCL is probably best for outside use.Easy access to drain the $%^ off annually.I have many customers with outside tanks with zero problems,as long as you leave 3-4" at bottom and drain it off at least yearly.

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  • We just started using

    a standard steel oil tank with a fiberglass lining on the inside . I'm not sure who makes that one . I really like the Roth for outside use . Taller than a standard tank but much less wide . And we use a one piece prefab cement slab to go under it .

    I like the idea of drawing off buildup from the bottom of the tank , but is that included in a yearly contract or is it an added charge ?
  • Robert O'Brien
    Robert O'Brien Member Posts: 3,537
    Ron

    That's a Granby 20+. I'm doing my first this Thursday. I nclude it in the price of the annual if I installed tank,takes 2 minutes tops. I use 12" legs to make it easier to fit a pan under the valve

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  • jdl
    jdl Member Posts: 13
    OIL TANK OUTSIDE INSTALLATION

    Thank you all for your "on topic" replies. I live in Huntington and I have a Highland oil tank that is rated "indoor" on 10" legs and a 12GA.sticker on it. Would this be ok to use outside with a shelter?
  • jdl
    jdl Member Posts: 13
    OUTDOOR OIL TANK

    Thank you all for your "on topic" replies. I live in Huntington and I have a Highland oil tank that is rated "indoor" on 10" legs and a 12GA.sticker on it. Would this be ok to use outside with a shelter?





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