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Old 01-23-2010, 10:39 AM
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We have a local storage tank manufacturer.
They receive the used underground fiberglass fuel storage tanks that leaked.

The larger tanks you can stand upright in.
Can safely re-bury with no extra support.
Can easily cut entry/vent holes.
Semi-transparent fiberglass can serve as a skylight if left partially uncovered at top.
Cheap or sometimes just pay for shipping/hauling to location.
Light enough to move without heavy equipment.

I've been inside one of these that was "converted" it had stored gasoline.
There was no residual gas odor. the fiberglass resists absorbtion.

Check google or yellow pages for tank replacement companies.
Good luck.
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The company that produces here in my area sells these multi chamber, dual walled creations at a hefty price. More salt than I am worth.

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Old 01-23-2010, 03:53 PM
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Can OP give us a link or links to companies that sell these used, refurbished fuel tanks? Or perhaps some company names?

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We have a local storage tank manufacturer.
They receive the used underground fiberglass fuel storage tanks that leaked.

The larger tanks you can stand upright in.
Can safely re-bury with no extra support.
Can easily cut entry/vent holes.
Semi-transparent fiberglass can serve as a skylight if left partially uncovered at top.
Cheap or sometimes just pay for shipping/hauling to location.
Light enough to move without heavy equipment.

I've been inside one of these that was "converted" it had stored gasoline.
There was no residual gas odor. the fiberglass resists absorbtion.

Check google or yellow pages for tank replacement companies.
Good luck.
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I have often considered such an idea... it totally makes sense to me.
Old 01-23-2010, 04:58 PM
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Recon, my OP mentioned these tanks are used, leak and cannot be used again.
Liability issues.
Pixelguy, I live in SE Oh. I"ll try to contact my guy to see if he has any resources outside our area.
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I have checked into this with a couple of different manufacturers. Be careful selecting your proposed bunker.

Some of them require a partial or full fill to bury properly and need a partial fill to keep from collapsing.

The best seem to be the dual chambered units designed for Septic use.

All I am cautioning on is to make sure it is safe for use as you intend it. Talk to the manufacturer, let them know your intentions on its use. They have already had similar requests and know what's going on. You want a bunker, not a really expensive casket.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:21 PM
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Preppercon, Thanks for the follow-up info.
The buried "conversion" tank that I was in was a single wall 1 chamber tank placed long side against a small berm after the site was prepped...level with some gravel fines and drain tile.
Tank was stabilzed and carefully backfilled at the front,back and one end.the top wasn't completely covered.
Installed 10 years ago...still safe and stable.
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