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Round vs cube fuel tanks

What is the best shape for a fuel tank?

Round or cylindrical tanks have traditionally been used to store fuel, and are still utilised by construction and other industrial industries. However, cube tanks have become increasingly popular in recent years, and we often get asked about the operational benefits of the cubed design. With more options now on the market, businesses want to ensure they are purchasing the best fuel tank to meet their requirements.

In this blog, we explore the differences between the two shapes and dive into why cube tanks can increase productivity on-site, promote cost savings, and make refuelling hassle-free.

Cube tanks: the shape of today’s fuel storage

Western Global designed the first-ever cube-shaped tank to hit the UK market, the TransCube Global, and it has been leading the way ever since.

Cube tanks are a far more efficient option for reducing downtime and costs, and offer several benefits over cylindrical tanks and jerry cans.  We’ll break down these benefits below.

Cube vs round fuel tanks – the cost

Many companies opt for bulk fuel storage as it gives you more power over your project. With less reliance on fuel deliveries and the opportunity to order ahead, you can continue working efficiently without worrying about running out of fuel and experiencing site downtime/shutdowns. All of this contributes to greater savings, no matter which shape of fuel tank you use.

Cube tanks: while cube tanks may not be the cheapest on the market, they are more cost-effective in the long run. Western Global’s cube tanks come fully packaged and ready to go. Minimal maintenance and labour charges are required, making refuelling cost-effective and hassle-free. We also offer  an 8 year warranty on our steel tanks, giving you peace of mind that Western tanks are built to last. Western’s Built to Last Warranty

Round tanks: the face value of a round tank is often cheaper than cube tanks, but they often come with extra costs- charges for additional features can include forklift pockets, baffles, paintwork, containment pans, lockable pump boxes, and more. Installation and labour charges will also accrue costs.

Space saving – the benefits of stackable fuel containers

Construction work can take you to remote locations, some more logistically challenging than others. That’s why you need a fuel storage solution that doesn’t take up too much space.

Cube tanks: a convenient and compact option, ideal for restricted areas with limited space. Stack and save on your site with our TransCube Global. The TransCube is stackable, 3-high when empty, and 2-high when full. Its cube-compact shape allows maximum volume in minimal space, making storing multiple tanks easier- this means fewer trips to refill or replace tanks, reducing downtime and increasing productivity.

And due to the nature of their design, they are also far more robust and secure than cylindrical tanks. For example, if a lorry backs up into a round tank, it’s more likely to take a hit and fall to the side, likely creating a fuel leak. A cubed tank is far more durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear, keeping your fuel safely locked inside.

Round tanks: round tanks are generally not stackable, and when they are, it can cause a potential safety hazard.

Our fuel tanks are the most transportable, durable, and stackable fuel tanks in the world. We know this because we have tested it. We have really tested it. Watch Extreme Test Series 3: The Stack:

Increase productivity and save time

Many companies depend on fuel deliveries for refuelling, and onsite fuel storage reduces the time associated with this.

Cube tanks: a cube tank offers hassle-free refuelling and increases overall productivity on site. The built-in four-way forklift pockets are designed for easy manoeuvrability, with the corner brackets aiding stackability and drop-off onto site- meaning you can move your fuel tank quickly around a job site without the hassle of emptying and cleaning fuel every time you relocate. Simply connect to equipment and get going in no time. Browse our cubed fuel tanks here.

Transportation is where the TransCube excels. The TransCube Global is fully transportable when full of fuel and built to withstand the rigours of fuel tank transportation. Our cube tank’s robust structure and steel frame provide extra protection during transport. Discover more about the features and benefits of the industry-leading TransCube Global here. 

Round tanks: round tanks can be challenging to transport. They take up much room on a truck and are less likely to protect from fuel surges that can destabilise vehicles.

Keeping up with maintenance costs

All tanks require routine care to ensure you maintain the quality of your fuel, all stock is accounted for and for any other preventive measures. Click to find out more about inspecting your fuel tank. 

Cube tanks: cleaning and maintenance couldn’t be easier with a cube tank. Unlike round units, our cube tanks are 110% bunded, so there is no need for a secondary containment pan. The TransCube is environmentally secure, with its integral spill containment system and lockable equipment cabinet. This keeps spills or leaks contained, reducing the risk of environmental damage and protecting your business from costly fines.

Round tanks: round tanks require external secondary containment pans. Cleaning out a pan can be very expensive, along with the labour costs needed for maintenance and routine inspection.

Keeping thieves out

Recent price hikes have led to an increase in fuel theft, so keeping your stock as secure as possible should be a priority. Cube tanks – especially from Western Global – provide complete protection.

Cube tanks: our cube tanks have enhanced security features, including a lockable equipment cabinet to prevent unauthorised access to dispensing equipment and fittings. We also offer fuel management systems to help keep track of usage and only authorise access for key employees. For more guidance on reducing fuel theft read our guide.

Round tanks: round tanks are more vulnerable to damage and potential theft. They often rely on padlocks, which are easy to cut off, and pumps/ accessories are usually stored outside the tank, exposing them to weather damage and increasing the risk of theft.

Revolutionising the storage tank industry

When it comes to storing and transporting fuel, a reliable and efficient tank is essential. The traditional round tanks have been the go-to solution for many years, but our TransCube revolutionised the industry with its innovative cube-shaped design.

The TransCube Global was the first-ever cube-shaped tank to hit the UK market, and it has been leading the way ever since. Its compact design, transportability and safety features make it a popular choice, offering several advantages over round tanks. While it may not be the cheapest tank on the market, its long-term durability and cost-effectiveness make it an excellent investment for any business.

We understand the importance of a reliable storage tank and are committed to providing our customers with the best solutions. If you’re interested in the TransCube fuel tank, please get in touch with us today.

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