Three Keys for Finding Your Next Gas Can
Remember these notes the next time you’re searching for a spare fuel container.
Having a can of gas handy is something many homeowners consider second nature for filling mowers and gas-powered trimmers and chain saws. Having gas on hand come hurricane season, when power outages may require you to fire up your own generator, is another reason to have some gas in the garage. But what is the best kind of gas can to buy? To take the hassle out of online shopping, here are a few things to consider that can help make your gas-can choice easy.
Before you start hitting the keyboard to shop for a gas can, consider what you’re going to use it for. If you merely want to keep some gas on hand as a back-up supply for your generator, then a two- or five-gallon can is a probably a good choice. If you need to do a lot of fill-ups, however, for mowers, weed whackers, or even your boat, smaller one- and two-gallon cans are lighter and much easier to handle. This will help you avoid accidental spills when you need to fill tiny little tanks that have smaller openings.
Safety is always a consideration when you’re dealing with highly flammable liquids. When choosing a gas can, consider safety features. Is the can childproof? Some cans have a mesh flame arrestor built in to prevent flammable liquids inside the can from igniting to keep flames from spreading. Does the spout feature a no-spill design to keep flammables from spilling? Does it include automatic shut-off?
Construction and Ergonomics
Plastic versus steel is the age-old quandary when choosing gas cans. Galvanized steel cans resist rust and will last for years. Some steel models also have a mesh flame arrestor built in to prevent; liquids inside the can from igniting. Two handles, featured on many molded plastic cans, allow for easier handling when pouring to lessen the likelihood of spills. Some plastic cans also have a clear plastic viewing widow, so you always know how much gas is left in the can. Many also feature special no-spill, flow-control nozzles that you press to control the flow. Both steel and plastic are rugged enough to stand up to dings, so it really comes down to personal preference.