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Frac Tanks: Everything You Should Know

A frac tank is a large steel tank with the ability to store liquids or solids like chemicals, manure, saline water, proppants, petroleum products, and other materials. There are various tank variations and frac tanks are used in a variety of applications. Continue reading, you will learn more about frac tanks.

What is a Frac Tank?

A frac tank is a large, mobile steel container that is used for storage that is only temporary. In these tanks, which can hold anything from petroleum products to agricultural waste, liquids and solids (both hazardous and nonhazardous) are stored until they can be disposed of. They guard against abuse and environmental exposure for the materials they store.

What Are Kinds of Frac Tanks?

A tractor or a truck can be used to move these tanks, which range in size from 8,400 gallons to 21,000 gallons. They are made with a “V bottom” or a “round bottom” configuration. This design produces a central low point that makes it simple to empty and clean the tank. The tank doesn’t need to be tilted. However, various projects call for various tank types. We offer the following six different tank types.

Mix Tanks – Mix tanks are 7,070 or 18,270-gallon steel tanks without internal rods or corrugations that continuously stir and circulate liquids that are being stored. By using four separate 10 HP motors, operators can adjust the mixing rate. Safety features for mix frac tanks include guardrails, non-slip surfaces, walking areas, and audible alarms.

Open Top – Open top frac tanks are tough, quarter-inch-thick steel containers with a top that can be easily cleaned and checked for liquid levels inside. Run-off water and non-hazardous chemicals are kept in these frac tanks as liquids. The sizes of open-top frac tanks range from 7,932 gallons to 21,000 gallons, and they have features like a fixed rear axle for ease of movement, a three-inch top fill line, and a sloped “V” bottom for 100% drain out.

Open Top Weir – Open top weir tanks are steel frac tanks that aid in controlling the flow of liquids up to 100 gallons per minute (GPM). Weirs or baffles inside the tank are used as their main means of segregating contaminants, residual fluids, and oils. These 18,000-gallon tanks have “V”-shaped bottoms for quicker drainage and simpler cleaning.

Closed Top – The temporary liquid storage tanks known as “closed top frac tanks” have flat tops. When on-site liquid storage needs to be secure and dependable, they are perfect for the fracking industry. These frac tanks have capacities between 8,400 and 21,000 gallons. All of our closed top frac tanks comply with Cal/OSHA regulations and have a variety of interior features, including insulation, a rounded bottom dual manifold, bare steel interior, heating coils, epoxy-coated interiors, smooth walls, and interiors that have been coated with epoxy.

Double Wall – The built-in secondary compartment of double wall frac tanks allows for the secure storage of a variety of liquids, including fuel, oil, diesel, ethanol, and other hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals. These 16,380-gallon tanks add to the security of storing dangerous chemicals in sensitive environmental areas. The spill guards that are included with double wall frac tanks offer additional protection against any unintentional leaks.

Gas Buster – By letting gases escape and avoiding blowouts, Gas Buster frac tanks are intended to stabilize the viscosity of liquids during drilling. Gases like carbon dioxide and methane escape from the top vent while the liquid can be drained from a bottom outlet. These 18,000-gallon tanks have smooth or corrugated walls, and the interior pipes range in thickness from four to twelve inches.

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What Are Frac Tank Uses?

  • Liquid Storage: Storage and prevention of seepage of liquids are both accomplished by frac tanks. They may be used by the agricultural sector to keep water for livestock, but they are not used to keep water for drinking that is meant for human consumption.
  • Oil Storage: These tanks are frequently used for oil storage because they are portable and can be attached to various kinds of valves and pumps.
  • Spill Cleanups: Frac tanks can be connected to vacuum boxes to collect hazardous and nonhazardous liquids from spills

What Are the Benefits of Frac Tanks?

  1. Large quantities of industrial liquids and proppants can be kept in frac tanks.
  2. Frac tanks can be quickly connected to other devices like pumps, filters, and other tools on the job site.
  3. Certain frac tank designs aid in maintaining the viscosity of liquids, separate liquids, and facilitate the filling and draining processes.
  4. To suit your project’s requirements, there are a variety of frac tank types available with smooth walls, corrugated walls, steam coils, rounded bottoms, and more.
  5. Trucks or tractors can be used to transport frac tanks because of their high mobility.
  6. Sizes of frac tanks range from 7,070-gallon mini tanks to 21,000-gallon closed-top tanks.
  7. Depending on your budget and project requirements, you may rent or buy frac tanks.

How to Use Frac Tanks?

Various items can be kept in frac tanks. For example, farmers use them to store manure and to store water for the hydration of their livestock in the field. Perhaps a big business needs a place to dump the extra waste because of a septic backup. During the waste treatment process, frac tanks can also be used as a holding area. Pump out the cleaned water after adding chemicals to the wastewater in the frac tank because the tanks have pumps at the bottom.

We have rentals available in the 10,000 to 21,000-gallon range if you need a Frac tank. Wind River Environmental can take care of all your septic needs, whether they are residential, commercial, or municipal. Bulk hauling, leachate removal, and hydro excavating are a few of the additional waste disposal services we provide.

When Would I Need FRAC Tanks?

Let’s define a Frac tank first before moving on. A frac tank is a sizable container that can be used for transient storage. It can hold tens of thousands of gallons when I say it is large. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and are typically used to store liquids or chemicals. These would be present in a number of more typical situations, including the fracturing of oil and gas wells. However, the waste industry also employs them to great effect.

How Many Gallons Will a Frac Tank Hold?

Capacities: Standard frac tank sizes range from 20,000 to 210,000 gallons. The most popular sizes include 50,000, 100,000, and 210,000 gallons.

Can Frac Tanks Be Transported Full?

Frac tanks can be moved by a power-only tractor or a roll-off truck with ease, especially if they need to be transported over long distances.


An industrial liquid and chemical static storage container known as a “Frac Tank” is a sizable, mobile tank constructed of heavy gauge steel. At mining sites, it is frequently used to store liquids such as drilling fluid, mud, brine, or chemicals.

A tractor or a truck can be used to move these tanks, which range in size from 8,400 gallons to 21,000 gallons.