How else are you supposed to get them back from the gas station to your lawn mower?
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not to hijack the thread, but is it legal to carry the cans fueled up on the road?
This is a good question. It is legal to carry the cans on the road if the cans are properly marked (Look at the stickers on my cans in the picture) and the carriers and straps comply with DOT regs (Mine do). State laws very though so check yours.
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I've seen a Jerry can mounted on the back of the spare tire carrier.
Any info, or contact for mount would be great.
I like my Welco can, but the CARB nozzle sucks. It plain will not work in a Jeep's gas thing. I'm trying to fab up some kind of flex hose that will sit between the gas can and a screw down cap with a hole in it. Then I would feed the hose into the gas line.
The best cans, by FAR, are of the Scepter Mil-Spec variety. Somewhat difficult to find in the states, but worth looking for.
Never heard of Scepter. What's so great about them?
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If you are willing to import - these are the best I've seen by far. The tanks are not really over priced, but unfortunately the shipping to the states is. They even have the short 2.5 gal ones that work really well on top of a roof basket.
Aside from color of the plastic strap, is there a difference between a gas can and a diesil can? Can I buy either/or and paint the strap as needed?
The seals are also different. The diesel cans came with rubber seals and the gasoline cans use viton ones. Don't put the wrong type of fuel in the container or you risk swelling the seal and cracking the cap (the caps are very expensive).
Fortunately, making your own seal for whichever fuel you prefer is straightforward.
Yeah, Scepters are the best. You MAY be able to find them on Ebay occasionally. About $50 for a used, slightly scratched one. They put all other fuel canisters to shame.
Here's mine. Scratched but tough as nails:
I don't have a nozzle for the Scepter. I just use a plastic gas tank insert and then stick a funnel in that and pour it right in.
Another interesting variation on the fuel can is the white/translucent square shaped motocross/racing plastic canisters. Don't have a picture but they have the clear plastic tubing coming off the top which allows the entire 5 gal container to empty much faster than most cans. Downside is they aren't standard shapes and thus have to stored in a trunk or other rack with the caps tightly on:
Like the Scepters, they never leak and actually are easier to use than the Scepters. Perhaps not quite as bulletproof, and they won't fit in a standard carrier.
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Well, unless someone has one on Ebay or something, you probably won't find a new one I'd guess. I'm not even sure Canadian shops could legally ship one to the US. But it's legal for a private entity to ship one. In any case, a new Scepter from within the US will be ridiculously expensive. They are so tough that a used one is practically just as good.