New gas cans are horrible, right?
Guest Article by ‘Bogan’
There is quite a bit on this board about storing gas, usually in the portable red containers. I’d like to add my .02 to the discussion.
New Gas Cans Are Horrible
Over the past few years the technology of gas cans seems to have become more and more complicated, what with the rickety triggers and valves on nozzles which (I’ll guess) look like they had been designed by a committee of bureaucrats who had absolutely no idea of the purpose or application of a gas can.
The spouts are complicated and so cheaply made, they never seem to work, even if you follow their logic. And they seem to require three hands to operate. Plus the venting is bad. Bottom line: I wind up spilling more gas with the new ones than the old – what a waste. The law of unintended consequences at work, I guess.
From my point of view, a gas can should safely hold gas, which the user can then safely pour into whatever tank it needs to be in, without wastage. IMO that’s caring for the environment: everyone involved and the planet earth survives without contamination.
So what to do about it?
How To Fix New Gas Cans
First, is to find and use older gas cans. The ones with the uncomplicated spouts and a separate air hole to vent the tank as the gas glugs out so it doesn’t massively take a breath and spurt gas all over the place as you pour.
I find them at yard sales and thrift stores, usually around $1-$3 each. Sometimes, neighbors set out old ones along with the trash on the curb, which can be recycled. IMO this is the best option.
Second, if ‘used’ is not an option, you can replace the nozzles and the air vents.
Gas Can Modification
Gas Can Replacement Spout Kit
(view on amzn)
The nozzles just screw on. For the vent caps you need to drill a hole to snap the vent into.
[ Ken adds: ] Tip regarding the plastic vent cap: Although they say to use 1/2″ drill bit, it’s better to drill a 31/64″ (one size below 1/2″) hole into the can ( e.g this drill bit ) for best fit. Then push the vent into the hole. Obviously empty gas can first. After drilling, be sure to remove drilled debris which may have accumulated.
End result? Gas flows better and the world is a better place!
How to pour gas from a gas can (or jug) with this modification? Simply unscrew the nozzle cap, and pop open the gas can vent for more flow. Pour! No more waiting!
[ Ken adds: ] I have converted ALL of my ‘new style’ gas cans (actually plastic jugs) with the modifications linked above. I did this several years ago and what a difference! I’ve only had to replace one spout since then (o-ring seal got pinched).
There’s now an excellent gas can / jug vent cap replacement to Allow Faster Flowing (Without Lanyard-Attached Cap). Better than the plastic ones. I’m getting these for all of mine because eventually the plastic ‘lanyard’ piece breaks off after bending back and forth so many times.
And, this one is useful to prevent gas can ‘bloating’. (just leave the screw-on cap ‘slightly’ loose).
Stainless Steel Caps
Tip: Do you need to pour gas into hard-to-reach places? The following flexible gas can spout comes with a screw-on extension for just that purpose:
Also, here are some gas can spout cap replacements, in case you lose one. Good to have on hand:
I also have a couple of metal heavy-duty gas cans which pour great. This one:
Eagle Red Galvanized Steel with Funnel, 5 Gallon Capacity