MIL­I­TARY GRADE FUEL CANS

4WDrive - - Contents - Words and pho­tos by Ja­son Liv­ingston

Con­sumer grade, plas­tic gas cans bloat up in the sun, they leak, and they don’t pour well. When you need a re­li­able way to store ex­tra fuel for long, off-road trips, they just don’t cut it. En­ter Scepter Canada with a real con­tender.

Scepter Canada, an On­tario-based com­pany, de­vel­oped their Mil­i­tary Fuel Can­is­ters to meet Cana­dian and U.S. mil­i­tary re­quire­ments for a lighter, stronger, more durable fuel can. More than one mil­lion fuel cans have seen ser­vice in ex­treme cli­mates and con­di­tions, mounted on mil­i­tary trucks and light ar­moured ve­hi­cles. They have been beat up, shot at, and ac­cord­ing to their sales rep, even driven over! The 20L and 10L ga­so­line ver­sions (red in­di­ca­tor strap) as well as the re­quired fuel noz­zle can be pur­chased at Princess Auto.

The 20L model, car­ried on my trav­els this year, fits in a stan­dard jerry can holder and has triple han­dles, al­low­ing for easy ma­nip­u­la­tion. The fuel noz­zle fits very well into the filler on my 4Run­ner, pre­vent­ing spills, but does have to be stored separately, which is in­con­ve­nient. Fuel flow is very fast and smooth thanks to the air-vent tube in the neck. These cans are ex­tremely strong and have seals that re­ally work. They have seen hot days, mounted on their sides atop my 4Run­ner, with min­i­mal signs of ex­pan­sion and never once leak­ing. I’ve even tried run­ning one over with no leaks.

They are ex­pen­sive, and the fuel noz­zle is sold and stored separately, but in my opin­ion, this fuel can de­serves its rep­u­ta­tion and is well worth the money.

20L MIL­I­TARY FUEL CAN MSRP $79.99 Di­men­sions: 36L x 17.5W x 46.5H cm (14.3 x 6.9 x 18.3 in) Weight: 2.8 kg (6.2lbs)

10L MIL­I­TARY FUEL CAN MSRP $54.99 Di­men­sions: 34.5L x 16.8W x 30H cm (13.6 x 6.6 x 11.8 in) Weight: 1.6 kg (3.5lbs)

GA­SO­LINE FUEL NOZ­ZLE MSRP $39.99 www.scepter­mil­i­tary.com

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