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Re: [Shop-talk] Above ground oil tanks

To: John Mitchell <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Above ground oil tanks
From: "Peter J. Thomas" <>
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2011 20:44:54 -0400
On 6/3/2011 7:02 PM, John Mitchell wrote:
>     I'm planning on having my 550 gallon underground oil tank pulled 
> out as it's 20 years old and I'd like to replace it with an above 
> ground tank which would go under my deck.  I live in Connecticut, and 
> I'm wondering if it would need to be insulated to keep the oil 
> flowing?  I've also read about combination tanks, which are plastic 
> surrounded by a metal shell.  Anyone have experience with above ground 
> tanks?  I'd really hate to waste interior space on a tank if I don't 
> have to.   John Mitchell

I'm in CT also with my tank in an unheated basement garage.  It gets as 
cold as outside.  Well, not quite as cold as night and not as warm as 
the day, but cold.  Water freezes.  All oil is delivered with an antigel 
additive and I've never had a problem.

I'd recommend a lined tank.

Peter T.
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