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For the love of simple gas cans...

Post in 'The Gear' started by Joful, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I love my 1990's vintage gas cans:

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    Dirt simple, fixed spout, vent cap, heavy and durable (at least by today's standards). Seems this is all one could buy ca.1995, and I had no problem with that.

    I've bought and tossed a half dozen gas cans since, and haven't found anything acceptable. For a while, all the cans had stupid retractable nozzels, which you had to push down into the fuel to put the cap on, meaning you got your hands wet with gasoline every time you removed the cap and withdrew the spout. Now, seems they all have these stupid "spill proof" designs, which cause me to spill more gas all overmyself than I ever did with the old technology.

    Where can one still buy the gas can shown in the photo above? Why did they have to mess with a good design?
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  2. festerw

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    Craigslist, maybe ebay, garage sales, flea market. If you want new try Eagle or Just-Rite cans.
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I'm with you 100%
    New jugs are CARB compliant
    CARB: California Air Resources Board has new standards for fuel cans.

    Still spilling gas with the spill proofs I have, got a new (old) spout for one of the small cans & spill no or very little gas with it.
    Still looking for the "Spillproof" brand name (some here say they work) , no luck so far so I changed the spout on one.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/went-to-get-a-new-gas-can-for-chainsaw-gas.86478/
  4. MasterMech

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    "Nospill" is the brand Dave's after. I have one and make my family members buy them too. They work the best out of all the cans out there. Swap the tops and DOT even likes 'em. They are taking over the shelves at OPE shops everywhere and for good reason. Thicker cans don't distort with temperature fluctuations, they pour much faster than any other non-vented can, and the spout assembly actually works and holds up over time. Mine is 2+ years old and going strong. I have 2 Blitz 5 gal cans and can't wait to get rid of those f*&^ers.

    Should be available at any place that sells Deere or Stihl equipment, or has a Rotary and/or Stens account. Which covers about 99.8% of shops out there.

    http://www.nospill.com/Distributors.html (The list of distributors)
    http://no-spill.com/zipsearch/zipsearch.htm (The dealer locator, by ZIP)

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  5. nate379

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    Those cans freaking suck dockey gonads!

    My brother had a couple gal one for 2 stroke mixed gas. I filled the saw a few times and made a mess each time. He kept giving me crap, he never spills a drop, etc.

    My Dad came over a few days later and I think he ended up dumping 1/2 the can on the ground.

    I have some of the old cans like Jotul has. A few didn't have vents, but I made my own with a big self tapping screw stuck in. Remove to vent.


    For my race car I have a bunch of these and they work great. I have used them for the lawnmower's gas as well...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/VP-Red-5-Gallon-Racing-Fuel-Jug-Utility-Gas-Can-IMCA-/190629211638

    Can find for them about $20 each if you buy 4-5 of them.
  6. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Nate,

    Are you talking about the No-Spill cans or the cheap POS's that every box-store and corner hardware store is selling right now?
  7. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    You can't buy those new anywhere anymore. They've been made obsolete by new C.A.R.B standards.

    Why did they mess with the design? "We're from the Goverment and we're here to help."
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    I have 4 of those 1990's vintage cans (2 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue), and I regret not buying a couple pallets of them, lol!

    I'm also a big fan of the No-Spill cans. I haven't tried large volumes, but the 1.25 gallon cans pour great and the new version has a nice white view stripe.

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  9. Lewiston

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    The best cans I own and use were made / marketed by Briggs and Stratton.
    I'm able to fill my saws without spilling a drop.
    Sadly they discontinued them.

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  10. Joful

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    I don't live in CA, this being one of innumerable reasons why. I can still buy non-CARB chainsaws and leaf blowers, why not gas cans?

    No-Spil = no help. Half of what I want these cans for is pouring diesel or kero on brush piles to burn, or gasoline into soup cans to dump on yellow jacket nests. I need something I CAN spill, when I want.
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    I wondered why they were so popular amongst donkeys.

    I find that I spill more with the new ones. My attention wanders while I wait for the damn thing to pour more than half a gallon of petrol. I switch hands. Start thinking about dinner/chores/donkey gonads. Ultimately I do something dumb.
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    I have 2 just like that, 2 others very similar just slightly different shape,1 is round. 1 1/4 & 2 1/4 for mixed gas,2 1/2 & 5 gallon for straight gas..All mid 80's to early '90's.Work just like their supposed to with no problems.
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  13. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    I've found my retirement plan. Open a plant in Mexico to make old-school gas cans, hire a few drug-runners to smuggle them across the border, and sell them to hearth.com'ers. Clearly there's no other source for them?

    The OP was where to buy a simple non-CARB gas can, not debate which CARB can is the best.
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  14. thewoodlands

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    MasterMech, we have bought three of the no-spill cans, I never had a problem with them and I don't miss the old can either.

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    Wanna get mad at the new style cans? Try pouring 15 or 20 gallons of fuel into boat tanks. 30 minutes of listening to the tinkle of fuel being poured only to hear it stop to take another breath?

    And the no spills - I think they are good cans, but they are designed wrong to get to the boat tanks that are below deck level. I just want my old, vented, pour spout cans back. I spill FAR more fuel NOW than I ever did with the old design. I am back to a big funnel and screwing the lids off.
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    all i know is that the stupid red cans I've been picking up for the past 5 years or so all seem to fail in the seam within a year of use.
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    Get a funnel. Problem solved. Not ideal...but the new ones are even more frustrating.
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    Agreed, try emptying a full 5 gallon container into the vertical side gas filler on a car or truck. Take my word, it's a gigantic, tiring, PITA with the new spouts. I have a 70's vintage, metal Eagle gas can that I scrounge parts for because it just works. And lucky me I just got one of these 5 gal cans last weekend at a yard sale for $5, barely used and not a scratch on it.

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  19. Jags

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    BG - if I found a row of 10 cans just like that - I would be the proud owner of 10 more gas cans.
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    It's the U2-51-S model, still sold though pricey$$.
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    n6crv Feeling the Heat

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    WOW you would NOT be able to fill that can around here if they saw you! Blue is for Kerosene. All my cans look like that or even older. Still have a couple round red ones.
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    Same here. The regulation for filling cans is posted on our pumps.
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    EEEkkk! You ain't kidding._g
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    Be careful with the no spill spouts if you leave the spout on.
    I had one in the sun for a while, went to fill the saw & the can had built up internal pressure,
    gas spewed everywhere when I went to fill the saw.

    I started using an old plastic quart oil jug for gas, (Ams-oil have wide mouth lids) I fill it 3/4 full from the no spill jug, (can see how full it is)
    It's small enough to handle easily, I can see in the saw's gas tank to see how close to full it is & not spill or overflow it.
    Use up the gasoline fast, easy to carry in the woods & cheap. (1st use, rinse it with some gas to get out any left over oil)

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