5 ways to stay ahead of your fuel tank

5 ways to stay ahead of your fuel tank

Published at 2:55pm 26th October 2017. (Updated at 3:11pm 26th October 2017)

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Lucky enough to live in the rolling hills of North Yorkshire? Then you may live in one of the towns or villages that aren't supplied with mains gas. In which case, ordering deliveries of bottled gas or filling up your tank with oil may be second nature to you in order to keep your hot water hot and your radiators turned on. 


Couple of ways Kettlewell Fuels can help...


One is the free tank maintenance check they're currently offering.
And the second is these 5 top tips for fuel tank owners. 


Kettlewell Fuels CalendarSet a regular day to check

It's a good idea to set a regular day to check your tank's oil level. Whether you have a fuel gauge or not just pop monthly a reminder in your phone or marking a specific day on your calendar. Also check that your gauge is in working order. If it hasn't moved in a month and you know you've been using your heating there's a good chance it's not working, and you may need to get it checked.

Kettlewell Fuels GaugeGet to know your fuel oil tank


It may sound obvious but it’s helpful to know your starting point. If you’re unsure of the size of your tank and its capacity you should find a label on the tank that tells you. When it indicates that the tank is still about one quarter full, now is a wise time to order. The winter months are the busiest time for fuel oil companies so ordering in plenty of time will avoid leaving it too late.

Kettlewell Fuels DigitalIf you have a digital monitor


If your tank has a digital monitor that plugs into an electric socket inside the house, such as an Apollo or Watchman, ordering when the digit reaches 1 or 2 bars is usually the ideal time. Most systems are designed to flash at either Level 1 or Level 2. When the monitor first starts flashing at these levels, you still have quite a bit of oil left so there’s no need to panic and turn off your heating. Please note that if fitted correctly the sensors are never placed on the bottom of the tank so even when the monitor first registers zero bars there will still be approximately 10% of fuel left in the tank.

Kettlewell Fuels MeasureIf you don't have a gauging system (or want to double check!)


If your tank has no gauging system, or you want to double-check the accuracy of your gauge, an alternative basic method to monitor how much oil you have left is to dip the tank. To avoid contamination, make sure you use a designated dipstick that is kept clean and used solely for your oil tank. Simply take the cap off the top of the tank, put the dipstick right down to the bottom of the tank, and then when the stick is withdrawn, the oil will leave a mark on the stick consistent with the level of oil. When your tank level gets down to around the last 30cm, we recommend it’s time to order your fuel.

Kettlewell Fuels Fill UpDon't let your oil level fall below

  Apart from averting an oil emergency, keeping approximately 12 inches of oil in the bottom of your tank will also help to prevent disrupting the sediment that settles at the tank's base. This can clog up your supply pipe and lead to costly repairs.


Find out more about the tips here.

Beth Parsons talked to Janet Kettlewell about the history of Kettlewell Fuels and got top five tips for staying ahead of the game when it comes to fuel tanks. 

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