What Is a Frac Tank?


What Is a Frac Tank?

Frac Tanks are portable, steel, storage containers capable of holding thousands to tens of thousands of gallons of liquid or solid materials. Common storage materials include petroleum products, saline water, proppants, and other chemicals. Some frac tanks contain internal motors that stir and churn materials to keep its contents evenly mixed and distributed.

Frac Tank

Industrial Uses

As you can imagine, large capacity storage is a need for many industries. Frac tanks are highly versatile pieces of equipment that solve problems in a wide array of applications.

Oil and Gas

As the name implies, frac tanks are highly necessary in hydraulic fracking projects. They can store sand, water, chemical additives, crude oil, or any other liquid and solid necessary for operations.

Farther down the oil and gas pipeline, they are useful for separating sediments and flushing lines. They can also help refineries store acids, caustics, and other materials needed for refinery maintenance.


Frac tanks are a great asset to the agricultural community. Farmers use frac tanks to store everything from water for livestock, to manures and fertilizers. Their portability allows them to be continuously moved around large expanses of land.

Municipal Storage

It is easy to hook frac tanks up to pumps, sprayers, and filters. Because of this versatility, many municipalities use them for wastewater management, storm water storage, and other water treatment projects.

Environmental Remediation

Many industries use closed top frac storage tanks to comply with environmental restrictions. Because they are sealed, they are ideally suited for storing, transporting, and disposing of hazardous waste materials.

Shipping and Transportation

Shipyards, airports, and transportation depots use frac tanks to store fuels, de-icing solutions, and other liquids. Here again, their portability makes them ideal storage solutions.

Frac Tank Benefits

Now let’s take a look at some of the key benefits to using frac tanks as large, on site, storage solutions.

Easy Access

Why wait around for materials to be delivered, when you can simply access what you need right on site? Frac tanks provide hassle free access to stored fluids and solids on site. Many come outfitted with the proper piping and pumping components needed to dispense the stored materials. 


Frac tanks are intended to be long term storage solutions. But that doesn’t mean they are not flexible as well. They are easily transported by a roll-off truck or trailer to the site at which they will be used. In addition, tractors can move frac storage tanks around the site if necessary. 

Large Capacity

One of the greatest benefits of using a frac tank for storage, the high interior capacity. Because frac tanks can store up to 21,000 gallons of materials, large operations don’t have to waste time shuffling around and refilling small and inefficient storage containers.

A Wintertime Caution

Here’s a question to consider. What happens to tanks in areas with frigid cold weather during the winter months? What if the frac tank is holding water or some other temperature-sensitive liquid? Letting 21,000 gallons of water or some other liquid freeze on you, especially if it’s out in the middle of nowhere at an oil-drilling site, can pose quite the dilemma indeed.

Powerblanket Frac Tank Solutions

Frac tank heating blanket

Thanks to Powerblanket Frac Tank Heating Blankets, we have the freezing problem solved. Along with all the other ready-to-ship products that Powerblanket creates for a myriad of applications, we also provide large, custom sized, and custom fit blankets for frac tank freeze protection.

We specialize in many different oil and gas line freeze protection solutions from material storage to directly heating pipeline equipment. All in all, Powerblanket keeps all operations functional even during the coldest of conditions.

Find out how Powerblanket® has helped others in the construction industry by downloading our free case studies!

Powerblanket's custom tank heaters provide freeze protection, making your business more sustainable and efficient.

Valve Heaters and Warmers


Most valves are built to last a long time, and can withstand considerable fluctuations in temperature. However, despite the durability of well-built valves, extreme cold can affect their functionality in a serious way.

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Keep Your Valves Protected

If the valves in your piping system are exposed to extreme cold for a prolonged period of time, you can run into some pretty serious problems. As a result, your bottom line will be in the throws of very expensive downtime.

For example, imagine that one of the valves that sits at an important transition spot in an oil pipeline becomes frozen and fails to redirect the oil in the direction it is supposed to. The results could be catastrophic. Or perhaps even more importantly, what happens if a shot-off valve fails to close during an emergency?

In the end, these possibilities are chances you don’t have to take.  You can protect your pipe, butterfly, ball valves and more from exposure to cold weather and ensure that they always function properly.


To prevent freezing in pipes, valves, manifolds, and instrumentation, Powerblanket has products designed with this specific task in mind. We tailor our custom pipe and valve heaters to fit exactly around your valves, manifolds, and instrumentation. In addition, these heaters provide durable insulation and evenly distributes consistent heat. We can keep your instruments operating in ideal temperatures ranges, warding off freezing completely. What’s more, Powerblanket heaters are easy to install and remove when necessary. Don’t waste energy and money heat tracing your piping system. With Powerblanket, you have the complete solution in one system.

In the world of gas pipelines, equipment is expensive, product is valuable, and time is money. A company’s assets can range from a heavy-duty pipeline down to the products and equipment it uses to service it. So, whatever the case may be, Powerblanket can help you protect your assets against the threat of failure or malfunction.

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Learn more about our custom pipe and valve heaters here.


  • Maximum freeze protection to -40°F / -40°C
  • Engineered to maintain flow
  • Reduce downtime and increase profitability
  • Easy to install, uninstall, and reinstall
  • Rapid thawing for frozen or gelled pipes
  • UL/CSA and CE certification
  • Ability to meet CID2 hazardous location requirements
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Innovative design allows easy access
  • Highly efficient and evenly-distributed heat

Contact us today to find the perfect custom pipe heating solution for your needs at 855.524.2695 or [email protected]


Powerblanket's equipment boxes keep your valves and manifolds from freezing in even the harshest outdoor environments.

Custom Heating Solution

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Need Custom Heating for Your Equipment? Answer These Questions

Do you need custom heating for a specific and unique application? Although there are various standardized heating solutions available, to determine the right solution, either standard or custom, a few initial questions need to be understood. The first of the discovery questions is to identify the desired result of the application which is generally one or a combination of the following:Custom Heating

  1. Freeze Protection:  Generally to protect from the elements or cold climate
  2. Temperature Maintenance:  Maintain a specific, constant and optimal temperature
  3. Added heat or Increase Temperature:  Add heat  and Increase temperature higher from starting point

For example, a pipe heating application may require higher energy/wattage to thaw a frozen pipe and then settle to a moderate power/wattage for continual freeze protection and flow control long term.

An epoxy/composite curing application may require pre-heating at higher temperatures prior to the epoxy being applied and then maintained at a higher temperature for optimal curing.

Begin with These Steps

  • Gather as much information as possible using the Custom Application Questionnaire. Be thorough.
  • The dimension needs to be as built, not a CAD drawing .  ALL dimensions must be submitted to the custom team for quote.
  • Once quote is accepted and PO is sent, engineering will begin.
  • Custom products will normally be completed within two weeks.

Custom Application Questionnaire

Once we understand the problem, these types of questions reveal the best solution:

  1. Which of these best describes the system requiring Cooling: drum/bucket, tote, tank, gas cylinder, pipe, flat surface (vertical or horizontal?), other?  
  2. Can you provide drawings and/or photos?  
  3. What are the critical dimensions of the system?  
  4. What material is the container or surface made of (i.e. tank wall, drum wall)? How thick? 
  5. What is the substance being Cooled (i.e. water, oil, pipe contents, concrete, frozen ground)? 
  6. Is this a flowing system? If so, what is the flow rate (include units, gpm, cfm, etc.)? 
  7. What is the expected ambient temperature (include units, °F, °C)? 
  8. What is the maximum expected wind velocity (include units, mpg, km/h, etc.)? 
  9. Are there other environmental conditions that may be relevant? 
  10. What is the beginning temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  11. What is the desired final temperature of the substance or contents (include units, °F, °C)? 
  12. What temperature range is acceptable? 
  13. Are there upper or lower temperatures where the substance or contents will be damaged? 
  14. Is there a time frame requirement for the initial cool down? 
  15. What power source is preferred (120, 208, 240, DC)?  
  16. How far away is the power source (cord length)? 
  17. Do you require UL/CSA certified products? 
  18. Is your location considered hazardous (Class I Division 2)?
  19. How many units do you need now and in the future? 
  20. What is the required delivery date? 

Custom Heating Case Study

Powerblanket completed a project for a large chemical company to solve freeze protection problems. The company stores a chemical solution in large 4,000 to 8,000 gallon stainless steel tanks. Their customers live in various climates throughout North America. This solution is water based and freezes at roughly 32°F.  This company needed freeze protection and to maintain regular temperatures between 40°F -70°F.

The question became, “How do we provide a ‘one size fit all’ customized solution for various climates?” Powerblanket created a modular custom design, adjustable by region and tank size, that came in two pieces.

Powerblanket engineers calculated the amount of heat and insulation required to combat freezing temperatures and wind chill to maintain optimal temperatures in these various climates. What appeared to be a complicated application turned into a simple and effective custom solution.

So many industries need heating solutions, and not just during the cold months either. Epoxy curing, chemical storage, viscosity maintenance, food preparations, concrete curing, and much more all benefit from innovative temperature regulation year round. 

Custom Heating vs. Ready to Ship ProductsNeed Custom Heating

Powerblanket manufactures an extensive line of ready-to-ship products designed and engineered for a myriad of purposes. For example, if you store temperature-sensitive materials in drums, barrels, or totes, then our ready-to-ship barrel and drum heaters or tote heaters will accommodate your heating needs perfectly. If you store DEF, then take a look at our DEF heaters. If you have palletized product you need to keep warm, check out our Hot Box.

Along with all these great product offerings, however, one of Powerblanket’s greatest contributions to the industries we serve is custom process heating solution for any project under the sun.

Often “custom” connotes extended lead times and a lot of money. With some manufacturers, that may be true, but Powerblanket’s customization process is fluid and effective.  We turn around a custom product in a reasonable window. Expect to be wowed.

Whether you need a heating solution for a large or oddly shaped propane tank, truck-mounted water cylinders, valves, manifolds, instrumentation, large scale epoxy curing, or any other specific application, Powerblanket is ready to help.

Custom Heating Solutions from PowerblanketCustom Heating Questionnaire

  • A reasonable window for completion
  • The ability to answer varying levels of customization
  • Certification to universal safety standards
  • Easy installation and use

Powerblanket engineers solve every kind of temperature problem from simple to very complex. Our expertise guarantees satisfied customers in a very short turnaround time. Need custom heating for these vessels?

  • Drums / Barrels / Pails
  • Totes to include Diesel Exhaust Fluid Totes
  • Gas Cylinders to include Propane and Specialty Gases
  • Specialty Tanks to include Frac Tanks
  • Water Transfer Trucks
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Hydraulic Fluid Tanks
  • Vac Trucks
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Industries Powerblanket Serves

With Powerblanket, equipment lasts longer, projects stay on track, and fluids flow smoothly. Use Powerblanket technology year round to achieve total temperature control. Some of the various industries we serve include:

  • Oil/Gas
  • Railroad
  • Sprayfoam
  • Coatings
  • Chemical
  • Piping
  • Valves
  • Instrumentation
  • Food Processing
  • Composites
  • Construction
  • Precast
  • Roofing
  • Industrial
  • Manufacturing
  • Specialty Gases
  • Agriculture
  • Dairy
  • Mining
  • Concrete
  • Public Works
  • Excavation
  • Water Purification
  • Government & DOD 
  • Fertilizer
  • Brewing
  • Fermentation
  • Welding
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid

When you need a custom temperature control solution, Powerblanket is the company to call. With over 30 years of experience, we can solve any heating dilemma you have.