Home oil tank installation

Updated February 21, 2017

When installing a home oil tank there are a few different avenues to pursue and many things to consider. The do-it-yourselfer should take time to think about where they will put the tank before the installation is complete. A home oil tank is a large unit and requires a lot of space, so most homes will only have a few options.

Indoor Installation

Since an oil tank is typically six feet long and about four feet high, your space must be large enough to fit the tank. Most homeowners choose the garage or basement simply because this is the most spacious area of the home. Most garages and basements have plenty of floor space uninterrupted by walls or furniture. In addition, these areas also have a solid concrete floor, so the tank does not require additional footing. It may be placed right on the concrete.

Installation inside a garage is fairly easy. The oil tank is accessible for filling through the garage. Furthermore, the boiler is usually located nearby. A simple steel, oil pipeline may be run from the tank straight to the furnace. Another option is to install the tank right next to the boiler unit and run a small pipeline directly to the oil intake.

Outdoor Installation

Another idea is to install the boiler outside. There are many reasons to do this, including access and safety. The tank must be placed in an area where it is out of the way and unlikely to incur damage. If there is little room in the garage and the basement is inaccessible, then an outdoor installation is the better choice.

In this installation, due to the soft nature of the earth in the summer, set the tank on a solid foundation. A slab foundation is the best option. Dig a shallow one-foot deep hole that is the size of the tank, and pour concrete into it. This creates a solid footing slab to set the tank on, reducing any rate of sinking.

More Locations and Ideas

An oil tank must have sufficient room on all sides in order to be properly inspected. So, any location you seek must allow plenty of additional area for this to occur. Take this into account when measuring any area for a possible installation. In a basement area, consider removing walls or bookshelves to create more room.

You may also consider moving outdoor fixtures like fences to perform your install. A fence may be moved back a few feet to allow the tank to be installed against the outside of the home, for instance. Shrubs and trees may also be relocated by digging them up and replanting them away from the side of the home.

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