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I have been pricing tanks for storing 28-0-0 on the farm for this spring . How does fiberglass rate compared to poly ? What are the pro's and con's of each and which brand would you recommend ? Depending on how things go we would eventually need storage for 60,000 gal for next year . Thanks !
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I would not store that much product in poly tanks. We have gone from steel to stainless steel and love them. Have not had anything to do with fiberglass but there are quite a few around. Would be interesting to here from someone who has both.
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In my mind the order of desirability goes something like this, from least to most;

Poly
Painted steel (what I have now)
Fiberglas
Stainless Steel (what I wish I had)

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In my mind the order of desirability goes something like this, from least to most;

Poly
Painted steel (what I have now)
Fiberglas
Stainless Steel (what I wish I had)
x2 you get what you pay for.
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one thing that I forgot to add was what is the cost per gallon ? I was told to forget using the Wheatland bin storage for UAN due to the fact that when recirculating UAN the epoxy starts to lift after 5 to 6 years of use and creates a real mess . Another saleman told me that fiberglass sheds fibers that cause plugging problems after several years of use . Stainless would be wonderful but I expect it to be quite pricey . Another question is do you guys filter liquid fertilizer when loading product from your tanks ?
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Yes I use a filter when loading truck. I have never been told about the fiberglass tanks shedding fibers, something to look into.
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The stainless tanks are obviously pricier but not as much as you might think. That's because steel sells by the pound and they use lighter gauge in the SS tanks. The labour to build them is relatively the same so pound for pound they're more than mild steel tanks but you don't get as many pounds of tank.

For long term storage of liquid SS is the only way to go. Mild steel tanks are just an incident waiting to happen.
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Mild steel tanks are just an incident waiting to happen.
No they are not. No denying SS tanks are cadillac and in this situation would be best. Steel works fine for retailers where they need larger tanks, but the tanks are full most of the year.
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We have both Poly and coated steel tanks , both work well for us.
We filter the UAN going out of storage onto the nurse truck.

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No they are not. No denying SS tanks are cadillac and in this situation would be best. Steel works fine for retailers where they need larger tanks, but the tanks are full most of the year.
Mild steel = garbage. Out of all the steel tanks I've seen at least half either been found leaking or it's been to late and were a big mess. Don't waste your money on mild steel, they won't last.
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