On-Farm Fuel Storage

Learn the ins and outs of on-farm fuel storage so you can decide if it makes sense for your property.

| March/April 2018

I’ve often thought how convenient it would be to purchase fuel in bulk and save money. But would I actually save money?

Above-ground bulk storage tanks are available in all sizes, with or without an attached containment system, and come with a barrage of laws including municipal, township/county, state/provincial and federal — all having significant fines should one not comply. We can’t emphasize it enough, look into your specific laws at all levels ahead of time, and consider insurance and other hoops you might have to jump through. But bulk fuel can be beneficial on the farm.

Considerations for bulk storage

• Do I use enough fuel to warrant bulk storage?

• Cost of the tank (taking into consideration laws governing it for my jurisdiction).

• Cost for fuel stabilization additive.

• Cost of pumping apparatus needed to get fuel from the storage tank to the equipment, including proper length of hose.

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