Southern Fuels is a proud part of OFTEC – the leading trade organisation for heating and cooking industries in the UK and Ireland.

Founded in 1991, The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) aims to support the needs of heating users, by promoting the highest professional and technical standards for technicians and businesses in the industry.

OFTEC works with businesses like Southern Fuels, international standards organisations, training providers, certification bodies and accredited registration schemes.

By employing an OFTEC registered technician to service or fix your heating system, you have the best guarantee that work will be performed to a high level of competence and comply with relevant Building Regulations and manufacturers’ installation requirements.

Safety regulations for oil tank storage in the UK

OFTEC guidelines state the legal guidelines for oil tank storage to ensure the safety of surrounding inhabitants and the environment:

  • 8 metres away from non-fire rated eaves of a building
  • 8 metres away from a non-fire rated building or structure (e.g., garden sheds)
  • 8 metres away from openings (e.g., doors and windows) in a fire-rated building or structure (brick-built house/garage)
  • 8 metres away from oil fired appliance flue terminals
  • 760mm away from a non-fire rated boundary such as a wooden boundary fence
  • 600mm away from screening (e.g., trellis and foliage) that does not form part of the boundary

Southern Fuels: Outstanding oil tank replacement and boiler servicing specialists

In the past forty years, Southern Fuels has become a reliable source for replacement tanks for businesses and homes. Our highly experienced team of OFTEC qualified engineers carry out their work to the highest possible standard for each and every customer.

We have a replacement tank available to suit every possible requirement and so you can be assured that we can assist you.

Our free tank surveys are designed to provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision on what is best for you.

If you need your boiler servicing, you can rely on the OFTEC qualified professionals at Southern Fuels for high-quality oil boiler repairs at affordable prices.

We have many years of experience in repairing boilers of all types and models. Whether you need one-off boiler repairs or regular boiler servicing, you can rely on our staff for a full range of boiler maintenance services. Based in Honiton, we serve customers across the South.

For more information, please call one of our friendly, locally-based team on 01404 831775 or email We are here to help!