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Old 06-17-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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Jerry can preferences

Over the weekend, I ordered an OR-Fab swing away tire carrier that allows two full jerry cans to be carried as part of the unit. The description shows the jerry can mounts are for the lipped cans however they do have an accessory that can be ordered for the non-lipped cans.

I have no experience with jerry cans and candidly have been surprised with the different styles after doing a bit of research. For those of you who use jerry cans, is there a strong preference between styles / makes? Looking for some input before I buy a couple of cans and whether or not I should be ordering the non-lipped accessory.

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Old 06-17-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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I have both, but never use them for fuel. the metal cans always rust out and get dirt and debris in the contents, id go for plastic for fuel any day.

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Old 06-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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All metal Gerry cans eventually rust regardless of type. Surplus green metal cans were probably used to store water, and are pre-rusted when you buy them. With care, any can should last 10-20 years depending on usage. Use whatever type can fits your carrier - lipless adapters cost more than do the cans themselves, and lipped cans are available at Morris 4X4.

Plastic cans don't rust but are not as strong or durable, and the sun will perish them in a couple of years, so store them indoors. When you have gas in them and they soften in the hot sun, they swell up like basketballs, it is unnerving to see. Then when you open them, you get a gas mist shower.

Plastic or metal, they all work better after you add a vent. Do a search on "Jerry can vent".

Whatever can you have, you are better off using a rubber bulb siphon to get the gas in the tank, than trying to man-handle 5 gallons of gas.

What happened: How Government Wrecked the Gas Can | Laissez-Faire Bookstore

Easy fix for metal or plastic 5-gallon cans:
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Yay for government!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-17-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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the best gas can ever was the Scepter 20L MFC's.

If you can find them, buy em.
Scepter Military Fuel Cans - Pangaea Expeditions
Scepter Can, MFC review and test

to bad the government wrecked them....
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Thanks for the comments and links guys!
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:09 PM   #7
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Plastic "water" Jerry cans still have vents.......

You can always paint them red.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FXRo7AodpDcApg
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There do exist low profile 1" metal tire valves with good effective gasoline-resistent neoprene seals:



A set of four is under $10. I am certainly NOT reccomending that you use these to modify an EPA-compliant metal can.

1) Don't remove the inner valve core.

2) Don't drill a matching hole near the central handle, and don't de-burr it.

3) Don't fish the valve stem and seal in through the spout hole with a piece of coat hanger, and then do not grasp the stem and guide it into the hole.

4) Do not thread and tighten down the special washer and nut wrench-tight.

5) Don't remove the valve cap when filling or emptying the can.

6) Don't loosen the valve cap when changing altitude in the mountains.

Always respect the laws and the politicians who make them.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:13 AM   #9
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don't take the inner valve core out, and never loosen up the caps when you change altitude in the mountains.

Always respect the law.
Oh of course. Always. Thanks for the reminders on what not to do because I sure haven't been looking for a jerry can and aren't interested in a vent system.

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There do exist low profile 1" metal tire valves with good effective gasoline-resistent neoprene

A set of four is under $10. I am certainly NOT reccomending that you use these to modify an EPA-compliant metal can.

Always respect the laws and the politicians who make them.
KaiserJeep, I love your post!

Now I'm thinking about talking my father in-law (who lives in Seattle) into making a road trip into BC to grab a couple of Scepter cans for me.
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There do exist low profile 1" metal tire valves with good effective gasoline-resistent neoprene seals.
What about Ethanol blended fuels? I thought that ethanol and neoprene didn't get along so well, but I may be mistaken.
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California gasoline has had ethanol in it for 10+ years. All the CARB-compliant cans have neoprene seals, and seemingly tolerate this just fine.

If you have any problem (most tire valves are probably made in China and who knows WHAT materials get used) the plumbing department at a local hardware store has many rubber step-washers and o-rings in the faucet repair section.

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