Dammit! Scratch one Chinese Jerry can…

Kept smelling gasoline. Should have checked earlier, because this thing cost me more than half a can of gas. Under heat-induced pressure it has been pissing a very tiny stream of gasoline for a week and a half.


No idea how it happened. There’s no sign of any special trauma, just a sort of crease with a pinhole in the middle.

By happenstance I was loading the Jeep trailer for an anticipated dump run tomorrow, so I stripped off that nice vent and dumped the can in with the other trash.

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5 Responses to Dammit! Scratch one Chinese Jerry can…

  1. Ben says:

    Bah! A good quality jerry can should last decades with normal use.

  2. M.Silvius says:

    Do not throw it out. It can be saved. Hit the spot with a piece of sand paper clean to bare metal. Hit it with some acetone to remove all trace of oil. Use some JB-Weld steel putty. Available at Lowes. Mix according to directions, re-clean spot with acetone and stuff with about a half inch wad of the epoxy putty and hold finger pressure on it for five minutes. Presto.. done… I have a standard 275 gallon home heating oil tank that sprung a leak about ten years ago and fixed it that way with fuel in it and it has held ever since.

  3. Joel says:

    🙂 M, you have me confused with someone who wants to save it. It’s been one thing after another with these cans since they arrived and it’s time to phase them out.

  4. Kentucky says:

    Don’t feel too bad, Joel. Most of the reviews of the Chinese-copy Jerrycans I’ve read have been negative. There’s a good reason the “real” ones are expensive . . . “made to government specs”.

  5. High heat. Tiny stream of gasoline. Seems like things could’ve turned out a lot worse!

To the stake with the heretic!