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Gas cans that DONT leak??

Post in 'The Gear' started by SoutherWis, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. SoutherWis

    SoutherWis New Member

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    Is there such a thing?
    I thought the Federal government wanted lids that automatically closes to avoid spills, and would also provide child safety. As far as I'm concerned the new cans CREATE spills, and instead of added safety they have added more danger.:oops:
    I've got one I paid $15 dollars. I about puked when I seen that price tag. It leaks when you pour gas from it.
    I bought a small one the other day for the chainsaw. Paid $12 buck for it. It leaks like a stuck pig when you pour from it. All over the tailgate, the hot saw, all over your hands and pants. MANN is that safe! or what?

    Do they make one that dont leak? Does anyone have one?

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  2. nate379

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    That's a pretty good price. I bought a 5 gal can yesterday at Wallmart and it was $24. Kinda sucked too, I had a bunch at home, just forgot to bring one with me and needed it for the trip back home (was in Fairbanks yesterday)

    Had all that safety bullshit on it, took me less than 5 mins to modify it to work normal. Also added a vent to the back of the can.
  3. SoutherWis

    SoutherWis New Member

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    What was the brand, I might have to look at them.
    The last one I bought wants the nozzle pushed in when you pour. Well they had realize that telescoping tube was going to leak.
    I didnt notice it was like that until after the fact and there's no way to modify it or it wont screw down to the top of the can.
  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    When they came out, a big gripe discussion on here.
    I'm using a new jug with an old spout & spilling none or less than when I tried the spill proof types
    Some old threads on the subject:
    Spill proof gas can 1
    Spill proof gas can 2
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  5. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    For a can that you still can buy new, I like the No-Spill cans. They have never leaked on me.
  6. MasterMech

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    Tree Pointer is right. If you're looking for a can that works well with small equipment then check out No-Spill.

    This subject comes up once every 2-3 months or so. And everbody loves hearing/seeing what Jill has to say on the subject, so without furthur ado....... ==c



    Look for them at small engine shops or equipment dealers. Stens, Rotary, Sunbelt (John Deere), and Stihl all sell them through their dealers, they are popular for a reason. ;)
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  7. nate379

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    Those cans suck almost as bad as the EPA ones! My brother had one for his saw, everytime me or my Dad tried to fill the saw it would end up making a big mess. Either would leak all over the place or overflow the tank. My Dad got pissed off enough he lobbed the damn thing in the woods :eek:

    I have a ~15 year old 1.5 gal can I use for the saw. Has a normal pre hippie EPA bullshit spout. I fill it out of a 5 gallon can so it's easier to pour into the saw. The 1.5 gal will last me a day or two of cutting.

    To avoid the EPA chit, just buy race jugs. They are real common in 5 gal sizes, but they also make smaller ones.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-Man-1-Gallon-Plastic-Fuel-Jug-Go-Kart-Racing-/160959340799
  8. MasterMech

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    All 4 of mine have been trouble free. As have the ones my FIL and BIL have. I've had the 1 gallon can for my mix fuel for over 2 years now. The 5 gallon cans are a godsend with the relatively quick flow rate. Makes filling the generator in the dark much easier and fast too compared to waiting 10 minutes for my Blitz cans to glug 5 gallons into the generator tank.
  9. DexterDay

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    After BogyDaves last thread, when MM mentioned the No-Spill's. I bought a 1 gallon can and love it

    No problems........ (yet) ;em
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  10. SoutherWis

    SoutherWis New Member

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    Interesting links. I didnt produce those during my searches. Thanks much.
  11. punchy

    punchy Burning Hunk

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    i havent tried it because i dont own any epa cans, but i saw a video the other day where a guy modified the can to make it 'usable'. he drillled a hole and put a vent in it and ripped the guts out of the nozzle. maybe someone with more computer skill than me could find it.
  12. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    I like the No-Spill cans a lot, no overfilling or leaking issues for me.
  13. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I finally bought an Eagle metal can - 2.5 gallons - $40+

    It doesn't leak at all. Ever.
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  14. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Fixing the vent problems does help.
    gas cansm.jpg
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  15. nate379

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    Can't exactly see what you have sticking out the back but I just screw a 1/4" or so lag bolt into the back of the can. Unscrew it and the can vents. I did a few of them 5-6 years ago and still working just fine.

    The last cans I bought (other than that hippie one out of necceisity) were 5 gal race justs. Normal spout and have a vent. 4 of them cost me about $95 shipped.

    Can: http://www.amazon.com/Pack-VP-Gallon-Racing-Fuel/dp/B00AVA3BBE

    Nozzle: http://www.amazon.com/VP-RACING-FUELS-HOSE-GALLON/dp/B001407V0M

    I use those for 100LL for the race car.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    A tire valve stem with the valve removed. Unscrew cap to vent. Screw on to seal.
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  17. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Here's one of the gas can mod videos on YouTube:
  18. nate379

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    Huh, guess that works too.
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    It ain't perfect and still is not as fast as the old cans, but it speeds the pour by 100%
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  21. MasterMech

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    The one thing that all the mods do not fix, is that the cans you buy from Wally World, HD, Lowes, Menards, Tractor Supply, etc. (Blitz, Midwest, ....) are paper thin compared to the old cans made by Rubbermaid or Clinton, Eagle, etc.

    The No-Spills are much more durable than my POS 5 gallon Blitz cans that now sit in the back of the shed, empty.

    If you want a decent gas can without investing more time and $$ in modifying it (really, now I have to mod my gas can to get it to work right? :mad:) it's either the metal Eagle cans like Big Redd has or the No Spills.
  22. scooby074

    scooby074 Feeling the Heat

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    Can you guys get these Septre gas cans? For a new style they arent bad at all. They pour pretty well and are actually better balanced than the old style cans.
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  23. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Here is a thread I started a while back Whats up with these strange new gas cans ??
    I have a old 6gal in great shape I use ,and a couple of older 1gal that the mice chewed the vent cap n stub off, so I put in some valve stems and fixed them.
    A couple of older 2 1/2gal I have with nozzles screwed up , I found new nozzles on ebay
    I think I will still get the small No Spill, if works as described would be nice to use, to not over fill my blower which I do a lot
  24. nate379

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    The can I bought the other day is pretty thick. I'm about 200lbs and I sat on it without smashing it.

  25. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Yep, I use the No-Spill cans. Not the fastest pouring can, but I'm not that much in a hurry. As long as I do not end up with gas everywhere, it was a good pour. I bought a Briggs & Stratton el cheapo when we first got this place 2 years ago and I needed one for the mower. What a complete pile of junk. The spout has since broken and the thing would actually start bulging if it was out in the sun even for a short period of time. I just went and bought a 5 gallon No-Spill to replace it this year and it is going to be relegated to old oil storage to cut down on trips to the dump for oil disposal.

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