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Why Fuel Tanks Are Made From Aluminum

Updated on April 10, 2014
Fuel tanks made from aluminum.
Fuel tanks made from aluminum.

In the fueling equipment sector, the main metal that is most commonly used by manufacturers is aluminum. Okay, so you may be wondering, why do manufacturers, such as Gas Trailer with its fuel trailers, use aluminum as its main metal for constructing fuel tanks and not a different kind of metal like steel? Well, there are a few different explanations for why this is the case. Here is that breakdown:

Explanation Number One

The first explanation for why aluminum is the main metal utilized in the building of fuel tanks is due to the fact that aluminum is the metal that is compatible with gasoline. The fuel tanks used in the construction of fuel trailers at Gas Trailer are actually DOT compliant since they have a special permit to be used with gas. This isn't the case with the steel fuel tanks that you see on the market. Most steel tanks are not DOT compliant and don't have an exempt for use with gasoline. Therefore, if you choose to utilize them for this kind of fuel, there is the possibility that you'll run into legal problems, and other issues, if you try to transport the steel fuel tanks with gas stored in them.

Now with aluminum fueling tanks that are constructed for and intended to be utilized as gas fuel tanks, you'll have peace of mind when taking the fuel you need from point a to point b because you'll be doing that fuel transport safely, securely, and in federal compliance.

More aluminum fuel tanks.
More aluminum fuel tanks.

Explanation Number Two

The second explanation for why aluminum is the main metal utilized in the construction of fuel tanks is that it's more corrosion resistant, which prevents rusting. By utilizing a tough, non-rusting metal like aluminum, the fuel tank itself and the trailer it is a part of are tremendously long-lasting as compared to untreated steel trailers, steel fuel containers, and steel storage tanks. Typically, these steel fueling equipment options have to be replaced pretty regularly since they corrode and simply rust away. This is something that is not only expense to do, but also not very safe since fuel could leak and pollute the area.

In addition, by having a fuel trailer with a fuel take made from aluminum, you don't have to worry about fuel contamination from the steel corrosion with orange color stained dilution, flakes of metal, or other contaminants and particulates. This occurs with metals that are prone to rusting because the rust will break off, create leak holes, or just corrode away. Unfortunately, this is very common with older steel tanks that are being used.

Different sized aluminum fuel tanks.
Different sized aluminum fuel tanks.

Explanation Number Three

The final explanation for why fuel tanks crafted from aluminum are the industry standard for fueling is that they're flexible. What does this mean exactly? Well, it means that they can be used to store and move a variety of other fuels too. For instance, the fuel takes crafted from steel are designed to only be used with diesel, yet, with fuel tanks constructed from aluminum, such as the DOT Special Permit tanks manufactured by Gas Trailer, these tanks can be utilized for gasoline, diesel, kerosene, Avgas, Jet A, high octane and aviation fuels, and other blends. Basically, with aluminum fuel tanks, you're not limited like you are with the steel ones.

Given that aluminum fuel tanks are flexible and can store all kinds of fuel, as pointed out above, you can use fuel trailers with these fuel tanks in a variety of scenarios where fuel is required.

An example of how a gas trailer can be used.
An example of how a gas trailer can be used.

Some of them consist of:

- At an airport to refuel small airplanes, helicopters, or other aircrafts.
- When you're boating. You can use it to fuel up motorboats, jet-skis, and sailboats that have small engines to get them out of the dock.
- In an agricultural setting whether it be at a small or large farm. It's a good option for taking out to the fields to refuel combines, tractors, and trucks.
- At a business where equipment, cars or trucks are rented. By having one in place, you can ensure that you're customers receive what they rent is ready to be used without them having to do anything.
- Storing up fuel in case of an emergency or natural disaster. If you want to be prepared and have the fuel you need even when it might not be available for purchase, you can use a fuel trailer to store up fuel at your home, cabin, cottage, and business.
- Using one when you're traveling cross-country is also an option, ensuring you're never without fuel even when there might not be a gas station around.
- At a remote work site where fuel may not be readily available.

To Conclude

At the end of the day, the one and only metal that is the appropriate metal for using to construct fuel tanks, whether they're to be installed on gas trailers or not, is aluminum. Then, when paired with other quality materials like a well-built aluminum trailer frame, roadworthy tires, polished aluminum wheels, and high end electrical parts, gas trailers from Gas Trailer become the fuel trailer of choice among professionals in the industry.

To learn more about these portable fueling equipment option, make your way to the Gas Trailer Blog. There, you will find all kinds of information on the gas trailer product line along with photos, testimonials, and more!

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