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    Default 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Whatís your prefence on the jerry can? 25ltr plastic or 20ltr steel? Aaaaaand go!

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Quote Originally Posted by LemonDrop_fabrication View Post
    Whatís your prefence on the jerry can? 25ltr plastic or 20ltr steel?
    For fuel? Always steel, never plastic on overland trips.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

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    Aaaaaand go!
    Aaaaaaand going where?

    Ditto on what Tony said.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Steel for fuel.
    Plastic for water.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Steel for fuel.
    I like the blue steel for water as well.
    But when camping we take two 25liter water cans.

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Addis must still invent a cap that does not leak fuel. I gave my 25 litre yellow Addis can away to someone I thought needs a disvafour. He realised why I gave it away, and did the same.

    My son bought the same rubbish without telling me. His experience is the same. You cannot carry fuel inside a vehicle in that junk because of the fumes.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    Addis must still invent a cap that does not leak fuel. I gave my 25 litre yellow Addis can away to someone I thought needs a disvafour. He realised why I gave it away, and did the same.

    My son bought the same rubbish without telling me. His experience is the same. You cannot carry fuel inside a vehicle in that junk because of the fumes.
    I don't think there is any kind of Jerry can that is suitable for carrying fuel inside a vehicle, especially not petrol. Fuel should always be outside or on top.

    I agree though, high quality steel jerries are the way to go.

    Those 55litre red plastic tanks are also a good bet

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Interesting , I found some people really like the 25ltr ones. I also found it very strange that there was no carrier for it so I designed one

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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    I don't think there is any kind of Jerry can that is suitable for carrying fuel inside a vehicle, especially not petrol. Fuel should always be outside or on top.

    I agree though, high quality steel jerries are the way to go.

    Those 55litre red plastic tanks are also a good bet
    During the early seventies when we had fuel restrictions fuel stations closed at 18:00 on a Friday, and re-opened at 06:00 on Monday. We were allowed to carry 10 extra liters, and all carried fuel in those days.

    I bought a 10 liter steel jerry can, half the normal size, and it is till used today, not giving off any vapors.

    In those day fuel was mostly carried in 5 liter oil cans, the ones used before plastic.

    Nobody carried fuel outside their cars, except Jeeps, Land Rovers, Ford F250 bakkies and Chevrolet C100 bakkies, the only 4x4's available in those days. I think the first Land Cruiser bakkies arrived about that time.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    Addis must still invent a cap that does not leak fuel. I gave my 25 litre yellow Addis can away to someone I thought needs a disvafour. He realised why I gave it away, and did the same.

    My son bought the same rubbish without telling me. His experience is the same. You cannot carry fuel inside a vehicle in that junk because of the fumes.
    Interesting. I have a red plastic 25l one from Midas. You have to screw the lid on really tightly to seal it properly. After this I thought I should have bought the Addis one. Seems they have the same problem.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    I have one of the red 25 L plastic ones and four of the smaller 10 L ones that I sometimes carry diesel in, and non of them leak.

    On trips to the Kaokoland, Damaraland and the Khaudum, where I often carried up to 200 L of extra fuel, I made another plan.....

    Regardless of what container you use, empty it into the fuel tank as soon as there is space for it. If you keep at it, any container will eventually leak. Fuel spillage in the vehicle is bad, and on the roof rack you have centre if gravity issues.

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Steel, as my trailer and roof rack brackets all take 20litre steel, also steel is less likely to rub a whole through it.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    Addis must still invent a cap that does not leak fuel. I gave my 25 litre yellow Addis can away to someone I thought needs a disvafour. He realised why I gave it away, and did the same.

    My son bought the same rubbish without telling me. His experience is the same. You cannot carry fuel inside a vehicle in that junk because of the fumes.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    Interesting. I have a red plastic 25l one from Midas. You have to screw the lid on really tightly to seal it properly. After this I thought I should have bought the Addis one. Seems they have the same problem.
    I had a 10l Addis that couldn't seal if it's life depended on it, and, one day, it suddenly decided that it was going to develop a pin-hole leak and dump whatever was in it all over my garage floor.
    It got replaced by a Midas cheapy which also struggles to seal, but so far only the smell is escaping.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Try the white plastic ones that marine shops carry. They seal really well and are quite robust

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    I had a plastic fuel jerry can (exact one below), the little plastic clip to release air while pouring snapped off on a trip and coated the bakkie in diesel.

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    I buy oil in 20L plastic drums. When I go on a trip I just use those drums and fill them with diesel, never had a problem that they leak or rub through.

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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    Quote Originally Posted by J Snyman View Post
    I have one of the red 25 L plastic ones and four of the smaller 10 L ones that I sometimes carry diesel in, and non of them leak.

    On trips to the Kaokoland, Damaraland and the Khaudum, where I often carried up to 200 L of extra fuel, I made another plan.....

    Regardless of what container you use, empty it into the fuel tank as soon as there is space for it. If you keep at it, any container will eventually leak. Fuel spillage in the vehicle is bad, and on the roof rack you have centre if gravity issues.

    Johan
    A proper metal Jerry can will not leak unless the seal perishes. I keep a pack of seals in the glovebox and replace all seals every second year as preventative maintenance. There are two jerry cans full of diesel permanently mounted on my vehicle and never had a leak from either.

    Plastic fuel cans will leak and physically deteriorate over time. They also do not handle abuse well, besides which they are no longer cheap either so why there is still a market for them I don't know.

    If you have the choice, always buy metal jerry cans. Looked after they will last a very, very long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPiet View Post
    I don't think there is any kind of Jerry can that is suitable for carrying fuel inside a vehicle, especially not petrol. Fuel should always be outside or on top.
    On a number of occasions - Malawi, Namibia, rural Transkei - I have carried between 1 to 3 half-jack jerry cans of petrol under the boot floor. It is cool enough there for the fuel not to expand to the point where it vents into the car. The once when it leaked, it was not the O-ring, but the two curved hooks which guide the cap into the closed position. Once I spotted that, it was an easy fix.

    Just in case, I always carry a sachet of Stasoft on top of the parcel shelf when carrying fuel inside. The score is always 1-0 in favour of the softener.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    With the steel cans, I always duct tape the lids closed as extra protection, especially when they are on the roof and prone to getting hooked on low hanging trees.

    But I suspect the OP's original question was not related to the merits and demerits of plastic, but to whether or not there is a market for a carrier designed to hold the 25 litre plastic cans, and yes, there is, provided they are used for water.
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    Default Re: 20ltr vs 25ltr plastic jerry can

    "Regardless of what container you use, empty it into the fuel tank as soon as there is space for it. If you keep at it, any container will eventually leak. Fuel spillage in the vehicle is bad, and on the roof rack you have centre if gravity issues." Johan

    The big problem with petrol in plastic containers is, static electricity. as you drive the petrol shakes around and a static charge builds up, a charge that can't go anywhere, but build up and waits for that opportunity to jump across to something....... As you pour the fuel out, a spark can jump across from the fuel to the vehicle and start a fire, you then drop the container and you have a big spillage of petrol burning under your 4x4.

    Petrol must always be siphoned out. As soon as there is space in your tank, more than what's in the container. So you mt a container at a time, don't try transfer and full the tank, mt a container at a time. Leave container strapped to roof take a long clear hose from the container into your tank, (far as possible into tank, a spark will do nothing inside the tank as the environment is too rich to burn) then take a second clean hose, seal container with cloth and gently blow into pipe into container. fuel flows from container to tank no fuss- no moving - no carrying containers - zero spillage - zero fire - zero back problems.

    Diesel is safe to carry in a plastic container, BUT DON'T a diesel spillage is the worst thing on a trip, diesel gets into everything and I mean everything and impossible to clean up.

    Plastic is for water only.
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