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Old 07-15-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Eagle safety gas can

I have been carrying gas in a plastic can to run my Honda generator. It is not a good practice.
The smell of gas was annoying. Fumes would escape inside the car when the elevation changed. I put the can outside when we camped.
With good reason, I worried these practices were unsafe.
When it got to 105, the plastic can cracked from the pressure. I caught it before it started leaking.
I purchased an Eagle safety can. The price was triple the plastic can but worth it. The seal is tight enough to prevent fumes. The steel Eagle can is very resistant to punctures in the event of a crash and it is designed so it pours without dripping.
Why did I wait so long?
A propane generator is probably the most safe alternative. But for those of us who have gas generators, the Eagle can is the way to go.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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I prefer JustRite Cans. I have more than one of the plastic handles on the Eagle cans break. But the steel safety cans are a huge improvement over the cheap plastic ones. I have a couple that are over 10 years old and still going strong.

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What is it that's unsafe about plastic?

The fuel tanks in my Truck, and 3 of my cars are plastic.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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We use the portable marine fuel tank below, with an NPT brass plug installed in the outlet fitting as a stopper. Since it's designed for marine use, it's very tough and will take a lot of abuse. We have no leaks or fumes, even when it swells up due to heat expansion or changes in altitude. Although, I do release the pressure as soon as I notice it, when we stop. If you do this, use caution around heat sources as fumes are explosive.

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What is it that's unsafe about plastic?

The fuel tanks in my Truck, and 3 of my cars are plastic.
Not the plastic part but the cheap ass cans that they sell most places. The JustRite company also makes plastic safety cans, but they definitely don't sell for anything as cheap as the ones you buy at most chain stores. We have a few chemicals at work that are stored in them. List price is ~$70 for a one gallon can, which is a far cry from the ~$12 dollar ones.

'nother thought... The various brands of safety cans come with a flame arrestor installed in the can, unlike the cheap plastic ones. That is one thing that I check for on my job sites to make that the screen is in place in the cans.

Also a steel can is easy to ground for safety to prevent static spark. The rated plastic cans from JustRite have a grounding element built into them.

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RotoPax Fuel Pax

I've found the Rotopax plastic fuel packs used by ATV, motorcycle, and off road enthusiasts are spill proof and seem very safe. Like the Eagle cans they are expensive but sometimes go on sale or can be purchased at a discount in multiples. Here is a link to the website:

Fuel Cans : Gas Pack : Gasoline Containers : RotopaX.com
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