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Often asked: How deep should an oil pipe be buried?

Oil feed pipes should be buried at least 300mm clear of other underground services such as water and electricity. Oil feed pipes should be buried to a depth of 450mm. The bottom of the trench filled with 40mm of tightly compacted sand for the pipe to lie on.

Can you bury oil pipe?

Yes, oil supply pipes can be buried with caution. Your local OFTEC registered technician would be able to advise on the most suitable method of installation for the site conditions.

Can an oil pipe be above ground?

To comply with the Regulations on Oil Storage you must ensure all pipework, above and below ground, is correctly positioned and properly maintained. There is a particular risk of oil leaks from poorly fitted pipes. Ideally, pipes should be above ground.

Can you use plastic pipe for oil?

Plastic pipework is allowed to be used on oil boilers, provided there is at least 1000mm copper pipe connection to the boiler before any plastic. Plastic pipework may also be used on under floor heating systems in conjunction with a blending valve.

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Can you use solder joints on oil pipe?

Oil supply lines are normally run in plastic coated annealed copper and some approved types of plastic pipe. Soft soldered fittings cannot be used, nor can galvanised fittings as they can cause electrolytic corrosions of dissimilar metals.

How deep should boiler oil line be?

For buried pipes, the trench should be: 450mm deep with 40mm of compacted sand laid on the bottom. A further 40mm of compacted stand should be backfilled over the pipe and topped with builder’s grade plastic.

Does an oil tank need to be higher than the boiler?

Raising the tank so that the bottom outlet is higher than the boiler inlet will allow gravity to feed the fuel directly to the boiler. If located at ground level, a bunded plastic tank will require an internal flexible suction pipe to draw the fuel oil up to a top outlet, which is factory fitted within the outer bund.

How high does an oil tank need to be?

Building Regulations require oil tanks to be installed on a stable level base that extends a minimum of 300mm past the widest point of the tank in all directions. This will help prevent fire spreading to your tank from near-by plants or buildings.

What kind of pipe do you use for an oil tank?

It is proper to use black or galvanized iron pipes for the oil storage tank fill and vent pipes. Non-metallic piping is permitted in some jurisdictions. Do not use galvanized iron pipes in automotive engine fuel supply systems.

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What size is oil pipe?

The most common size of pipework used for oil installations is 10mm.

What is a Tiger loop?

The Tiger Loop is a lifting and de aerating device that improves performance and provides convenience to diesel (oil) boiler installations. The second fuel line from the boiler burner to the Tiger Loop is the return line for relieving pressure of the fuel delivered to the burner but not used.

Why plastic coated pipe or plastic pipes are used in the petroleum industry?

They are break-resistant, rustproof, corrosion-free, resistant to harsh chemicals, and abrasion-resistant. Their semi-rigidity enables them to withstand high external loads.

Does 10MM copper pipe need an insert?

10MM COPPER PIPE INSERTS – BRASS To ensure a leakproof oil line when installing copper pipes, it is always recommended to use 10mm copper pipe inserts when making compression joints in the line. These ensure a tight seal and means the olive does not crush the copper pipe when being fitted.

Can you braze oil line?

Brazing oil lines- yes again!

Do I need inserts for copper pipe?

No you do not use pipe inserts whilst using push fit on copper, but make sure you when using plastic barrier pipe, the best ones to use are the super seals.

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