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Old 29 May 2009, 01:49   #1
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Converting from oil to gas heating

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I've currently got oil fired heating and am looking to convert to gas. One of the main reasons is I'm sick of the huge tank sat in the garden.
Have looked at moving the tank onto my drive but apparently it would have to be a bunded tank as its a new installation. The pipe run wouldn't be the easiest either.
I could move the tank myself but I think it could be a ball ache, that and on the drive the oil would be easy to pinch.

So my question is can anyone recommend someone to convert it from oil to gas. I don't have gas to the house but it is in the road.

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Have you thought about burying your oil tank. Amazingly our local building regs don't even require a bund if it's buried. Might be worth looking into and would certainly be cheaper than a gas connection and boiler change.
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Well I can see why you want to do it,.. my folks did it many years ago during one of the last oil shortages when the prices went silly (25- 30 years back)

In those days they just exchanged the burner unit on the boiler, which was able to burn both oil and gas

Is gas going to be more efficient? , does it give more bang per buck ?
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Have you thought about burying your oil tank. Amazingly our local building regs don't even require a bund if it's buried. Might be worth looking into and would certainly be cheaper than a gas connection and boiler change.
But a tank to that spec ain't cheap, is it?
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About 1200 fot a tank.
Getting gas could be cheaper, only just back home so I'll have to speak to British Gas ad see what they say.
The only reason I'm looking is without the oil tank it'll free up a bit more of my garden.
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Have you thought about burying your oil tank. Amazingly our local building regs don't even require a bund if it's buried. Might be worth looking into and would certainly be cheaper than a gas connection and boiler change.
Local building regs might not spec a bund, but increasingly more oil companies won't deliver to underground tanks as they can't be checked for damage, rust or in the case of plastic tanks, cracking.

You'd be shocked at the cleanup bills for a kero tank emptying itself into the ground. It can easily exceed the value of the house it's attached to...
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Local building regs might not spec a bund, but increasingly more oil companies won't deliver to underground tanks as they can't be checked for damage, rust or in the case of plastic tanks, cracking.

You'd be shocked at the cleanup bills for a kero tank emptying itself into the ground. It can easily exceed the value of the house it's attached to...

That's if they find out.

We had a tank with about 600 gallons in it hidden away at the top of the garden. When I looked at it last year the tank had collapsed and was bone dry - maybe the fuel evaporated or was drunk by squirrels - who knows but my trees are still thriving!!!
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That's if they find out.

We had a tank with about 600 gallons in it hidden away at the top of the garden. When I looked at it last year the tank had collapsed and was bone dry - maybe the fuel evaporated or was drunk by squirrels - who knows but my trees are still thriving!!!
If you receive deliveries into it, they'll find out.
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If you receive deliveries into it, they'll find out.
True they may notice 1/2 of it is missing and it's full of leaves............
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True they may notice 1/2 of it is missing and it's full of leaves............
Flippancy aside, if a tanker driver notices damage to a tank (and they are inspected before every delivery) then it has to be reported and can't be filled.

I spoke to someone a few weeks ago who had a steel tank rot through in between deliveries and lost the full contents which reached the water table.
The clearup bill was 27,000.
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