What the hell happened to gas cans?

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  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    We have all these gas cans on the farm with spouts that I can only assume are meant for "safety".
    They're fiddly, fragile and leak down your damn leg.
    How is that safe?
    Thank goodness I have a couple good 'ol steel Army jerry cans!
    BTW...gas goes stale in plastic...lasts MUCH longer in steel.
     
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    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    Oh you mean the non vented "spill proof" cans that spill more in one fill than most folks spilled in a year w/ the old ones. I had one of those, gave it away, I haunt yard sales looking for the old ones, I have three or four + a steel one. all secreted at a undisclosed location....
     
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    The EPA's promulgation of regulations on volatile organic compounds (VOC's) under the Nat'l Ambient Air Quality Standards of the Clean Air Act happened to them.

    Some manufacturers and retailers sell "water containers" that are in the style of old gas cans and in colors other than red. ;);)

    Some people out there have figured out modifications, such as drilling a hole in the handle, putting a tire valve stem without the valve in it, and attaching a string to the cap to retain it while it is off for pouring.

    Youtube will provide much edification.
     
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    I bought one of the new ones to carry a reserve when driving in Alaska this summer. I couldn't figure out how to activate the spout..no instructions. Then a sales clerk referred me to a video..a-Haaa. Luckily I didn't have to use it. So I tried to put the 5 gal in my tank after a long day-trip and couldn't get the last gallon in. When I got back to Anchorage, I gave the damn thing away along with the gallon of gas. I have 8 "old style" gas containers at home, and didn't need it.
     
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    I still have a steel can that had a plastic filler hose. It eventually broke and I looked around for a replacement but wasn't happy with any new designs. I ended up keeping the old can and using a funnel.
     
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    I use the plastic ones but use a separate funnel to pour into.
    They work as well as the steel Gerry cans and no rust in the bottom of the can.

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    But it's so rewarding when you finally get the gas running into the tank! :rolleyes:
     
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    I have an HOA that hires landscapers to cut the grass and plow the snow. I drive only about 100 miles a week, and I fill up every weekend, so no can needed at the moment.
     
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    I had a gas mower

    Then I bought one of these gas cans

    Now I have an electric mower
     
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    You can still get steel cans... for $100+
     
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    this is the TDPRI. Of course anything 50 years old is light-years better than anything built within the last 40 years. Anything newer than 10 years has gotta be useless, just because.
     
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    We can still get the steel cans for about $5 bucks more than the plastic.
    Of course they are made in China and will probably rust right through within 5 years.
     
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    Do these plastic type gas "cans" exist so that ethanol-tainted gasoline doesn't rust out the metal ones?
     
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    We (NC) can get them , but a bit more than $5 more. The Lowes neares me has plastic 5 gallon for $20 and 5 gallon steel for $60
     
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    The plastic ones are more durable and can withstand being dropped and knocked around. The newer steel cans dent easily and can fracture leaking the fuel out or just rust out over a few years.
     
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    I'm not old enough to remember what they were like 50 years ago, I'm only 42.

    I do remember they didn't suck when I was mowing lawns as a kid.

    The modern ones IMO cause way more leaks and spills. There's no way to carefully pour the gas. Either it doesn't come out, or you press down hard enough to activate the valve and it comes gushing out super hard... and spills everywhere when the gas tank on whatever you're filling is suddenly full.

    I have 2x 2 gallon ones and 1x 5 gallon ones... the 2 gallon ones are light enough you can hold them with one hand and just hold the valve open with the other hand and kind of do OK. The 5 gallon one is so heavy you can't really do that... so it results in a spill about 95% of the time.

    I'm totally fine with the plastic container.. they were plastic as a kid too. It's the anti-spill (in reality pro-spill) valves in the spouts that are the problem IMO.
     
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    I was tempted to spend the extra 5 or so bucks for steel but I throw them in the back of my pickup with other tools and they get knocked around a lot. I think the plastic is more durable. A couple I've used for 20 years and they still work like the day I got them.

    The plastic red and yellow fuel cans in 20 litre are about 20 to 40 bucks, I just checked and they don't sell cheap steel anymore. The steel cans are now closer to $70 - 80 bucks.:eek:
     
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    We probably have 10 or so of the yellow 5 gallon "cans" here. I use them to fill the diesel tractors and the diesel zero turn. I absolutely HATE the crappy nozzles, but the "cans" themselves are fine. About 4 times a year I load all of the cans into the truck and head off to the station to refill. Of all of my "chores" here on the farm - this is the one I despise the most.
     
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    it was LAWYERS that did it.

    you can go on evilbay and find spouts and vents to fix any plastic can. kits come with the 2 main sizes of spout retainer ring, and plastic vents. drill 1/2" hole in the can, push in the vent. done. I have 3 for autos and 4 for aircraft (slightly different mod). I can empty 5 gallons in under a minute and literally not spill a drop. I also got some kits from a big farm supply store on line but do not remember the name... will post if it comes to me

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    I've had no problem with the old metal ones back in the day.

    I have no problem with the new plastic ones today.

    What am I doing wrong?

    ;)
     
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