Why don't they put vents on plastic gas cans any more? What's wrong with
these idiots? It is really stupid to sit there pouring gas that's going
glug, glug very slowly and you have to hold the frigging can for 10
minutes. I've decided to poke a hole in the can and put a screw into the
hole. Then I can remove it when I pour. What do others do?
Go to websites that sell stuff for car and motorcycle racers. They
still have the old style gas jugs with a regular nozzle and a closable
vent. They even sell vents that can be added to existing cans, too.
On my boat, I use what look just like old red 5 gallon jerry cans, but
made of stainless steel. They have vents and regular nozzles. A little
pricey, but worth it to me. I don't like plastic fuel containers on
On Fri, 9 Oct 2009 11:37:44 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
They are not completely impervious. They deteriorate from UV exposure.
They are less abrasion and puncture resistant. I just generally feel
the metal cans are safer. I also find that more gasoline gets spilled
with the new CARB gadgets. I have more pour control, by far, with the
old style vent and spout setup on the stainless jugs.
I needed a new gas can as one of my old ones was leaking through the
vent hole which was capped by friction fit and leaked.
Went to several stores to get a decent replacement and discovered like
you that all you can buy is this crap. I've spilled more gas with this
type can than any other. Guy at the hardware store was cursing former
governor for legislating can type as only one you can buy in the state.
I believe Winter gas contains more butane than Summer gas and I've
noticed cans looking puffy in the summer, probably from gas bought in
the winter ;)
One thing I do is to not buy that kind of can. Protest with your
wallet. I've seen a few without vents but most have changed and put the
vent as part of the spout now. Works as well as the separate vent IMO.
On Fri, 09 Oct 2009 12:49:05 -0400, Van Chocstraw wrote:
Didn't know that they'd stopped. I bought a 5gal plastic one last
year and it still had a normal vent; when did the change happen?
What really pissed me off was that back in the day I could buy a can
with a solid screw-on cap *and* a separate screw-on spout; all the ones I
saw last year combined the two to save cost, with a goofy little plastic
disc that likes to fall in the dirt every time you go to unscrew the
I "gangsta cock" the can, and hold it sideways. That way the
air comes in, it doesn't glug glug, and pours faster.
Could that be the complicated one with the spring shut
snout, and the vapor recovery? I just unscrew and pour from
Not to be confused with the metal fire proof ones with snap
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