Plastic Gas Cans

Anything that doesn't fit in the other boards.
User avatar
Bestoutwest
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2820
Joined: Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:12 pm
Location: Idaho
Has thanked: 136 times
Been thanked: 106 times

Plastic Gas Cans

Post by Bestoutwest » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:08 pm

Alright, this might sound like a dumb question to some, but help me out. My gas cans keep sucking in and I need to drill a hole to let air in while emptying. Where should I put it? Also, do you drill it or use a nail to poke a small hole?


For the great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. ~Vincent van Gogh
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.-Julius Caesar

User avatar
kenny thomas
GURU
GURU
Posts: 9146
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:16 pm
Location: SW tip of Virginia
Has thanked: 24 times
Been thanked: 363 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by kenny thomas » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:48 pm

My thoughts only, don't bet the farm on them. KT

User avatar
sstterry
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1771
Joined: Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:04 am
Location: Bulls Gap, TN
Has thanked: 536 times
Been thanked: 332 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by sstterry » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:50 pm

Use either a drill with a very small bit or a medium nail would work. I put it in the back of the handle, that way it doesn't leak.
But, they make vent caps that can be inserted that can be used to avoid the vacuum lock.

https://smile.amazon.com/JSP-Manufactur ... 707&sr=8-4

Edit: Kenny beat me to it.

User avatar
JW IN VA
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1030
Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 pm
Location: West Central Highlands of Va
Has thanked: 116 times
Been thanked: 96 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by JW IN VA » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:03 pm

Also have heard of people drilling a hole then putting in a tubeless tire stem without the valve.
Not everything your neighbors do is wrong-Not everything they do is right,either.

User avatar
haase
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1438
Joined: Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:45 am
Location: Northern Illinois
Been thanked: 132 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by haase » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:21 pm

For our business we have to use osha's approved gas cans which are a metal cans with a yellow plastic cone on top and a pull back handle, have used them for a long time, used plastic cans at home and they are a pain, bought the metal ones for around here, they will out last the plastic ones by years.

User avatar
bird dog
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1778
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:33 pm
Location: Navarro County, Texas
Has thanked: 190 times
Been thanked: 233 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by bird dog » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:40 pm

If you want to start over, these work pretty well. A little cheaper at Walmart

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/produ ... -compliant

User avatar
pricefarm
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1410
Joined: Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:05 pm
Location: Southwest Va
Has thanked: 74 times
Been thanked: 33 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by pricefarm » Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:58 pm

kenny thomas wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:48 pm
These work great. When you drill the hole use a unibit instead of a regular drill bit it will makes a better hole and seal up better

User avatar
ccr
Trail Boss
Trail Boss
Posts: 342
Joined: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:49 am
Location: ne texas
Has thanked: 127 times
Been thanked: 113 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by ccr » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:19 pm

this works pretty well (click on pic for a better view):
Image
rubber ones don't last long.

it's bs a person should even have to do this.

if there is something in this world that ought to be changed, it is the stupid regulation for a ventless gas can.
i know as much about this as anything else i don't know much about
happiness is healthy cattle

User avatar
Silver
GURU
GURU
Posts: 2056
Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 12:08 am
Location: BC Peace River country
Has thanked: 772 times
Been thanked: 766 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by Silver » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:40 pm

In Canada it seemed we lost the ability to buy vented jerry cans for a period of time, but they are once again available.

User avatar
Caustic Burno
Crusty
Crusty
Posts: 24805
Joined: Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:02 pm
Location: Big Thicket East Texas
Has thanked: 277 times
Been thanked: 889 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by Caustic Burno » Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:55 pm

Silver wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 8:40 pm
In Canada it seemed we lost the ability to buy vented jerry cans for a period of time, but they are once again available.
I have guarded my old Jerry cans, have five of the originals.
Money doesn’t buy happiness, but the lack does buy misery.

User avatar
Bigfoot
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 12439
Joined: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:31 pm
Location: Kentucky
Has thanked: 171 times
Been thanked: 283 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by Bigfoot » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:03 pm

Valve stem with core screwed out is the way to go. You can put it anywhere in the top you want. Even if the gas gets above it while your pouring, it will continue to draw air and not leak fuel.
Your not a small business owner. Your a stay at home mom trapped in a pyramid scheme.

User avatar
Brute 23
GURU
GURU
Posts: 8078
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:59 pm
Location: South Texas Gulf Coast
Has thanked: 221 times
Been thanked: 209 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by Brute 23 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:07 pm

These are the way to go. They stack and store nicely too.

I also have a few of the metal ones also and they work good to. It's nice to have the funnel on them.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/VP-Racing-5- ... gLEALw_wcB
Brimmer Pimpin Ain't Easy

"Don't let schooling interfere with your education" - Mark Twain

User avatar
JW IN VA
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1030
Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:30 pm
Location: West Central Highlands of Va
Has thanked: 116 times
Been thanked: 96 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by JW IN VA » Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:36 pm

TSC ,Amazon and others have a "No Spill" brand.A little pricey but work great for small engines.I use one for my saw gas.No more overflows if I'm paying attention
Not everything your neighbors do is wrong-Not everything they do is right,either.

User avatar
greybeard
Mentor
Mentor
Posts: 19011
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:51 pm
Location: Cleveland Tx
Has thanked: 126 times
Been thanked: 618 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by greybeard » Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:43 am

ccr wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:19 pm
this works pretty well (click on pic for a better view):
Image
rubber ones don't last long.

it's bs a person should even have to do this.

if there is something in this world that ought to be changed, it is the stupid regulation for a ventless gas can.
I have several exactly like that.
2 things I don't like about them is
1. The can is made of 2 different plastics, laminated together and the outer layer starts peeling off after a few years. Doesn't leak but the the strength of the container is lessened significantly.
2. The yellow cap on the end of the spout gets loose after a while....a fix for it is a 1/2" or 3/4" (depending on dia of spout) pvc pipe cap , threaded or smooth id. Fits tight and won't swell up like the one that comes with the can.

Those kind of cans NEED to be vented no matter what...keeps the can from swelling up to almost round when the temp turns warm in the afternoon and on a cold night, you're liable to get up one morning and find it collapsed to about 1/2 it's size, especially this time of year when the temp may vary 40 +deg between night and afternoon.
"For evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing" Burke
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
It ain't easy being a used cow salesman.

User avatar
haase
GURU
GURU
Posts: 1438
Joined: Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:45 am
Location: Northern Illinois
Been thanked: 132 times

Re: Plastic Gas Cans

Post by haase » Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:25 am

Here is a picture of the metal cans.
Image

Post Reply