5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying a Fuel Tank

buying a fuel tankBefore you purchase a fuel tank, there are several questions you should ask yourself to ensure you find one that meets your fuel needs. Whether you’re purchasing fuel wholesale or via retail, there are certain items to keep in mind when purchasing the accompanying tank to hold it in.

5 best questions to ask yourself when buying a fuel tank

Here are five questions you should consider when buying a fuel tank regarding the desired capacity limit, type of fuel, and lubrication:

How much fuel do I plan to hold?

You need a fuel tank that meets your fuel holding needs. Determining how much fuel you need to hold in the fuel tank is essential in deciding which type to buy. In general, we recommend that the fuel tank you purchase can hold one month’s supply of fuel, however much that may be.

What type of lubrication does the fuel tank need to have?

The type of coating or lubrication that your fuel tank has protecting it is important information that can help you determine how long your tank will hold up and serve you as it battles the outdoor elements. As such, the type of coating used to protect a tank from the elements is important and yours should be heavily coated and resistant toward damages that can impact the outside and inside of it. For instance, rust-resistant and enamel-based paint are great coating options. This applies to storing both regular fuel, racing fuel, and premium diesel fuel.

Does the fuel tank adhere to local and federal regulations?

There are certain local and federal laws that apply to having above-ground fuel tanks. Conducting research on these laws can ensure that the one you want meets legal standards. There are certain regulations that apply to ones that are permanent and ones that are transportable. So consider your fuel tank’s needs and what you’ll use it for to determine which laws may impact you. 

What will I be fueling?

Considering what you might be fueling using the fuel tank can be helpful in choosing one that can hold the type of fuel needed. For instance, if you plan to fuel a generator with the fuel tank, you’ll need a fuel tank that has the ability to directly attach to the generator. How you use the tank is crucial to select one that works the way you want it to.

Am I planning to transport these fuel tanks?

It’s important to consider whether you’re planning to move your fuel tanks around. If you’re using the tank for temporary fuel storage somewhere such as at a job site or for seasonal use, it’s best to use a transportable fuel tank designed to withstand the movement of fuel. If not, investing in a more permanent fuel tank is the way to go.

Now that you know what to consider when buying a fuel tank, contact us at Reeder Distributors today to get started.

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