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Went to get a new "gas can" for chainsaw gas

Post in 'The Gear' started by bogydave, May 1, 2012.

  1. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    What a learning experience I just had.:eek:
    CARB: California Air Resources Board has new standards for fuel cans.
    Spill proof, child resistant, more translucent.

    I ended up getting two 1 gallon cans.

    That seemed to be the best for my needs:
    Easy to mix the pre measured 2.6 oz.
    Less head space for vapors to flash off.
    Ease to carry on the ATV.
    Gas won't get as old, should use a gallon allot quicker than I used the 2.5 gallon mixed jug.
    Now I can fill the empty one & always have fairly fresh gas.

    My old 2.5 gal jug swelled so bad, now has a rounded bottom & won't sit upright & holds about 3.5 gallons now. (Kinda like Quads's old gas can :) )
    I always seem to have gas in it thru the winter & I dump it to mix new.

    Spill proof ??? we'll see, just pulling out the fancy spout, it dripped gas everywhere.
    Will let you know how it works out over time, 100_7453.JPG
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  2. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Can't see the gas cans...too busy looking at the cabinet in the background.
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  3. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    It's beautiful; the cabinet, not the gas can. Is it mapl and walnut?:rolleyes:
  4. greg13

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    I have to laugh at the idea behind those cans, you end up spilling more gas filling small tanks than would evaporate from the cans. GREAT IDEA!!!
  5. MofoG23

    MofoG23 Feeling the Heat

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  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I'll post some pics of the workbench in Inglenook
  7. Freeheat

    Freeheat Minister of Fire

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    Thats what we get for letting the goverment involved gas cans thats a pain in the A##
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  8. DexterDay

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    I have a 2 gallon and a 5 gallon model with the same spout. They worked great for about a week.

    Then they started to leak more at the center slide joint (green) than went in the tank.

    They suck. But its hard yo find anything else around here. I have an old 5 gallon can and an old 2 gallon can I use for the most part. If I have to use the new ones. I remove the spout and pour through a Funnel. Much faster that way anyhow. But my old cans have vents, which speeds things up tremendously.
  9. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    The cheap new cans suck! I bought a one gallon can at Home depot a couple years ago. The stupid spout spilled all over. I pushed the guts of the spout down into the can and now it works like an old one. The top makes a pretty good seal too, even without all the internal valve crap that used to be in the spout. Hold onto your old cans as long as possible.
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  10. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    I was just talking about this same thing last weekend. I bought a 5 gallon version with that spout and hate it. Luckily I just wanted another and still have 2 of the old ones so I just take the spout off and pour it into one of the old ones. Just use the new one for storage. Our government is so far in debt I would think we could find better things to do than screw up gas cans.
  11. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I've thought about having a small aluminum one made.
    Specific for my needs, with a small brass valve & small hose out the bottom, gravity fed, just to fuel saws & small stuff.
    If these don't work out, maybe I'll make one & have it welded up. & paint it red :)

    The hardware store had one of this type. gas & bar oil hooked together, I'd just put oil in the gas & gas in the oil if I tried it. ;em
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Ahhh, the good 'ole days - we always just used a milk jug. Before that wore out, we surely would drink one more jug of milk...presto instant replacement. Just had to be careful...We'd have a jug of gas, jug of bar oil, jug of tea or water to drink, and a jug of diesel for starting brush fires. Sometimes the colors would almost overlap....taste/smell never did, though!
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  14. steeltowninwv

    steeltowninwv Minister of Fire

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    just went thru a week long process of buying a new gas can..hated all the new safety cans....so i just went to the local flea market and bought an old school can for 2.00
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  15. toonces

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    i have a couple of No-Spill gas cans that seem to work well. just press a button to get it to flow and let go of the button to stop the flow. pretty simple. haven't knocked it around to see if it spills. not super-cheap, but not 'spensive either. got them at Ace with coupons.
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  16. nate379

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    I like the metal jerry cans.
  17. MasterMech

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    There's a reason these things are taking over the shelves at a whole bunch of OPE dealers around here. They work better than any of the other EPA can out there. They are much thicker walled than the others as well. I'll go so far as to say I like them better than a traditional can for filling small hand-held equipment. I say they are worth a little extra $$.

    http://nospill.com/

    Try stay focused on the gas cans boys. :eek: >>

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    HehHeh . . . No milk jug here . . . I have my mixed gas in an old windshield washer fluid jug though with a short junk of rope tied to my jug of bar oil.

    For filling up the lawn mower, ATV, etc. though I use a "spill-proof" gas can that leaks gas everywhere unless I unscrew the super high-winder spill proof device and pour into a funnel.
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    I think the real issue is not government involvement, but poorly designed cans that attempt to meet a new design requirement as cheaply as possible. You do get what you pay for.
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    I wish I saw one of those nospill cans when I bout the wife a small can for her mini-cultivator. It looks like it is easy enough to operate on a small can. On a large 5 gallon can however, you need three hands, two to hold and tip the can and a third to push the button. I suppose you might be able to reach the button with your thumb whilst holding the handle.
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    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    You only spill more gas if you area little kid! The idea behind these cans - it is an EPA standard too just CA always wants their own law - is teh right onw, to eliminate all those vapors from all the gas cans in the US.

    Of course there are better cans out there than the generic ones you get at HD or Lowes. If you are planning on having the can for a while, spend some money and get a good one. Do you really thing the $7 gas can is going to have the best spout...

    PS - the design is also a GREAT safety feature and has been an OSHA requirement for a long time...
  22. Dune

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    I use a 1 gallon can for chainsaw mix. Simple to mix, plus I run through it sooner.
    I caretake the summer house across the street, thought I would do the guy a favor by using up his gas, then replace it in the spring.
    Bad move, had to have ALL THREE of my chainsaws repaired after using up his gas. Oops, $180 lesson. No good deed goes unpunished.
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    I have never spilled more fuel than when the new design came out. And SLOW. Yeah, go ahead and try to fill two 12 gallon tanks on the back of a pontoon boat. 20 min later and two sore arms and a sore back will get you there.:mad:

    Now I just remove the whole spout and pour into a funnel.
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    This is a good idea, but keep in mind the new cans don't have a vent hole, so you will still get the "glug, glug" effect (unless of course you create a vent)

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