Plastic Fuel Tanks V Steel Fuel Tanks (Pros & Cons)


Finding the right type of container for your fuel can often feel like an arbitrary decision. But failing to take the time to consider your choice of container can result in unnecessary spending, significant inconvenience, and potential danger.

So, what makes your choice of container so important and which option should you potentially go for?

Why is fuel storage so important?

Depending on your situation, you may be storing fuel for convenience or as part of your personal or professional requirements. Making sure that you choose the right method can make all the difference, help prevent short-term problems, and tackle long-term issues before they become serious. 
It is also important to be fully compliant with the law when it comes to storing fuel. If you are considering long or short term storage, it is vital the you take time to review an online guide and familiarise yourself with the necessary legal requirements when it comes to storage and safety.

Why consider plastic tanks?

Made from polyethylene materials, plastic cans are highly popular due to their portability and ease of storage. As a known insulator, plastic prevents environmental heat affecting the contents of your container and are pliant – allowing them to take superficial knocks and scuffs without deforming or damaging the integrity of the container.

However, it is worth remembering that – while convenient – plastic is not the most hard wearing material. Most tanks have a max fill capacity of 6500 litres before their integrity becomes compromised. If used on professional sites, they can also be easily punctured by industrial equipment or potentially absorb some of the contents of the tank – eventually weakening the product and making it more difficult to recycle if not cared for correctly.

Why consider steel tanks?

Robust and dependable, the strength of steel allows them to be used in more labour intensive environments than plastic cans. This strength allows steel containers to be manufactured to larger dimensions than plastic and the non-permeable nature of the metal makes recycling much more straightforward – making them a solid long-term solution.

As with plastic, long term use should always be considered, as steel’s strengths can prove to be problematic. The weight of steel makes it harder to transport and ship, lacking the ability for the container to be moulded into any shape as with plastic. The metal is also at risk of corrosion if not correctly treated or cared for, requiring additional checks and maintenance.

What next?

If you are unsure about what option is right for your unique needs, our team at FOC Sales & Hire are here to help. With over 30 years’ experience working with a range of clients, we are here to provide the support you need for your fuel handling requirements.

You can learn more by taking a look at our current range of service from here. Or, if you have specific questions or requirements, feel free to contact us and let our in-house team know what you need.