Fuel Storage  - Steel Tanks vs. Plastic Tanks

Fuel Storage  - Steel Tanks vs. Plastic Tanks

If you’re considering storing fuel at your worksite, you’re probably considering two options:  Steel vs. Plastic. There are pros and cons to both storage tank materials, but which one would work best for you and your needs?  Let’s take a look at both options…


Plastic Fuel Storage Tanks

Although plastic tanks, which are made of heavy-duty polyethylene, are not usually the first choice for fuel storage, they do have their advantages. Here’s a rundown of the pros and cons of plastic fuel storage tanks.


Advantages of Plastic Fuel Storage Tanks

  • ✓ The lightness of plastic makes these fuel tanks easier to install and transport
  • ✓ Custom plastic tanks can be custom ordered to a customer’s requirements
  • ✓ The insulating properties of plastic slow the transfer of heat to the contents of the tank


Disadvantages of Plastic Fuel Storage Tanks

  • ✓ A plastic fuel tank can only be built to a specific size until the integrity of the tank is compromised. You run that risk with any tank that’s over 1700 gallons in storage size
  • ✓ Plastic fuel storage tanks are prone to absorb chemicals that are stored within, including fuel
  • ✓ Let’s face it; plastic is not as strong as steel. Plastic fuel storage tanks are more likely to become damaged on a worksite
  • ✓Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can weaken plastic, making it less suitable for outdoor storage


Steel Fuel Storage Tanks

Steel is known for its strength. This is true for steel fuel storage tanks, whether they are manufactured in single or double-walled designs.


Advantages of Steel Fuel Storage Tanks

  • ✓ Steel tanks are very sturdy and are more durable on the worksite
  • ✓ Because steel is non-porous, it will not absorb fuel or other chemicals
  • ✓ Steel fuel storage tanks come in larger sizes, allowing you to take advantage of lower prices for bigger orders
  • ✓ Sunlight has no ability to weaken steel tanks


Disadvantages of Steel Fuel Storage Tanks

  • ✓ Steel is so much heavier than plastic, which means tank installation is more complicated, and transporting fuel is much more challenging and costly
  • ✓ Steel fuel storage tanks must be maintained to mitigate rust that will occur naturally over time


Choosing the Right Type of Material for Your Fuel Storage Tank

Most fuel consumers opt for steel when it comes to choosing material for their fuel storage tank. But, every business is different, and for some, plastic fuel storage tanks will make sense. In the end, it comes down to what you need for your business operations.

If you need help evaluating your fuel storage tank needs, maintaining, or upgrading your fuel storage solutions, reach out to us at Clean Fuels Associates, and let us help you plan for your operational needs. Get an expert opinion on your fuel storage needs before you make your decision!  We’ll help you to be efficient, economical, and environmentally conscious when it comes to your fuel storage solutions.

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