I periodically store plastic gas cans with mower gas in 'em in the shed.
These things typically have a vent cap that can be removed.
With the vent caps on, they sometimes plump up like a ball-park frank over a
campfire because of expansion from warm air in the enclosed space. Should I
go ahead and vent 'em---knowing that at some point I'll likely have no gas
in the can from evaporation? Or, leave 'em closed?
If I do open the vent, do I in fact lose gas, over a period of time? With
the vents open, I don't smell gas, so don't know exactly what's going on.
Maybe there is no problem with leaving the vent caps open.
I have had it with plastic gas cans. I have one with where the nozzle can
store inside the main cap, but this winter when it inflated, it somehow
blew gas/oil mix up the inside of the inverted nozzle out onto the garage
floor. And even if that is not a problem they almost always leak from the
base of the nozzle when pouring.
Your best bet is probably a metal safety can and funnel.
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We were in Sunnyside, Nevada, camping. That is just due northeast of
Rachel, Nevada, and just south of Lund, Nevada. IOW, it is out in the
middle of nowhere. We saw dust approaching from the southeast, the
direction of Rachel. After a time, we saw a brown UPS truck barreling down
the dirt road shortcut between Rachel and Lund. Rachel has about 900
people, and Lund, probably less than that.
For these people who have a phone line and a UPS truck that comes a couple
of times a week, why drive 180 miles round trip to Ely, Nevada, for a gas
Everyone doesn't live in the city. For those waaaaay out there, there's
always the Internet.
Yeah, but I live in Rochester NY! I've searched for those cans at 3 large
auto supply places, NAPA, West Marine, Boat U.S., Wal Mart, K-Mart, two
lawnmower dealerships, the BORG (Home Depot), Lowe's, and a number of
old-fashioned hardware stores. I wonder if my county has some sort of
nonsensical fire code that bans metal containers.
They used to have them at Allyn's Ace Hardware, on Monroe
Avenue, near Goodman. You know, what used to be Shumway
Hardware. Of course, that's closed now, and replaced by a
Rentway. Wonder what happened to Ed Allyn? He was having
some trouble with theft.
If you only want a gallon can, I've been known to spray
paint a Thompsons Water Seal can, they still have metal
I'll let you know if I find any. The largest I've seen in
metal in the last couple years has been two galons.
They are designed to flex as you have noticed. However they also have a
fill limit and if you overfill them you may be in for an unpleasant
surprise. Most allow you to fill them about 3/4 full or a little less.
I have one that you don't need to remove the cap to fill and it self
stops when the mower is full. I love it.
This bizarre piece of legislation in Maine, which is apparently trying
to make itself into California (not a good thing) imposes testing and
record keeping on the manufacturer that is I'd guess is onerous enough
to cause them to opt out of selling here.
The tree huggers got another piece of their agenda enacted into law.
Yes, you also admit condensing moisture with enough temp swing. Gasoline
goes out, water goes in. Nature abhors purity.
Keep the caps on. The vapor pressure is significant, but inherently
limited. A commercial product should be designed to contain it.
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