Thanks to the EPA, gas cans are getting worse, and my guess is, so is the environment. Intentions were noble: requine gas cans to be designed to leak less fumes and cause less spills, to protect the environment. However, the new required designs are also very slow to pour because there is no vacuum release valve. The “self venting” output nozzle is supposed to obviate the vacuum release valve, but it is much slower. It gurgles more than pours.
I live on a lake (hence the stupid name of this blog?) and we all use these gas cans to fuel our boats. Until this week I was the only neighbor who had not drilled or poked a hole in the gas can to make it pour faster. One friend uses a nail to plug the hole. Another neighbor used an ice pick to make the hole and doesn’t try to plug it up with anything. Clearly, these custom modifications leak more fumes than either the original market gas cans or the new EPA required gas cans.
You can imagine this going on all over the country. This is a good example of unintended consequences.
On a DIY kick lately, I went over the top to add a vacuum release valve to mine. Drilled a 1/2″ hole, screwed in a 1/4″ brass nipple, and topped it off with a 1/4″ brass cap. Looks good and doesn’t leak any gas fumes noticeably. See the pic.
I had thought about spending the big bucks for a racing fuel gas can but decided against it. I guess the volume is just too low for these things to be priced anywhere close to a regular gas can. But if you want to splurge instead of modify, take a look at cans like this:
VP Racing Fuels Square Jerry Can – White 3524
You can also spend more money and buy one of the old designs, new but manufactured before the EPA ban.
Just google “non-EPA gas can” and you’ll see all the complaints and all the alternatives to get around this regulation.
Here’s a funny video of someone modifying their gas can: