Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Ugg asks: One of your suggestions was storing 30 gallons or so of gas. I agree. My question is regarding gas cans. I have one steel 5 gallon gas can I have had for 30 years. Unfortunately the spout died. I have other plastic containers, one I use mostly I modified the spout. The other’s all have weird plastic spouts with different ways to use, I think the aim was to limit evaporation (do they think I am not going to use gas in a can as soon as I can, before it goes “bad”?) The problem is they are real pain in the ass to use. Do you have any recommendations as to user friendly gas cans like my ancient steel can? Without all the baffles and things to turn. Thanks.
My reply: I recommend not using steel cans – despite the plastic ones being a PITAS. The reason? Steel cans are very vulnerable to rust and ethanol-laced “gas” accelerates rust because it attracts water. Then you get rust in your gas . . . and in your equipment. This is also why almost all late-model cars have plastic/composite tanks.
One can fabricate a not-leaking/non-PITAS cap and use that with the plastic gas jugs. All you need is a cap that matches the jug’s threads. Then modify the cap to accept a spout, as by drilling a hole through the center, then inserting a piece of threaded pipe through the hole and securing it with nuts and washers and maybe a gasket to keep it air and liquid tight.
Put a stopper on the other end of the pipe and now you have a non-PITAS fuel dispenser as well as a fuel jug that won’t rust internally because of the ethanol-soused “gas” we’re forced to buy.
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