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Oil tanks come in lots of different shapes and sizes. The most common oil tanks in Vermont hold 275 gallons of oil or kerosene and are about five feet high, 27 inches wide and five feet long. Some of our members have tanks that hold from 130 to 330 gallons, others with larger homes have two tanks joined together to provide 550 or 660 gallons capacity.
Location of Oil Tanks
Oil tanks are commonly found in heated indoor spaces such as basements. They are fitted with two black iron pipes:
- A fill pipe which is used (no surprise) to fill the tank, and
- A vent pipe, containing a vent alarm, which allows air to escape from the tank during deliveries.
When oil tanks are filled, the vent alarm "whistles" and when it's full the whistle stops. This is an important safety feature and all above ground oil tanks should be fitted with vent alarms.
In cold regions like Vermont, we do not recommend installing oil tanks outdoors or in unheated space such as garages. This is because heating oil begins to gel at about 20°F and at lower temperatures it won't flow to the burner. Kerosene can be stored in outdoor tanks because it has a lower "gel point" than heating oil. Many condominiums and mobile homes are heated with space heaters or furnaces that burn kerosene supplied from outdoor tanks.
Our technicians specialize in all manner of oil tank installations, maintenance, code upgrades and repairs. Once you've got a good oil tank in place, we'd also be happy to discuss your fuel delivery options.