The Jerry Can Man

Stop here to find out which type of Fuel Can or Water Can you should use, and why. As well as handy tips!
Advice from The Jerry Can Man

Don't know which type of Fuel can you should buy?
Want to know how to get rid of the plastic taste in your water can?
Unsure of refueling safety?

Ask the Jerry Can Man!

Safe Refueling tips from Worksafe Victoria

When refueling petrol or diesel powered portable equipment there must be safe systems of work in place to reduce the ignition risk.
These may include:

When Refueling:

  • Turn the equipment off and give it time for the hot parts to cool down
  • Remove the equipment from inside vehicles
  • Remove the equipment from trailers or surfaces (eg plastic or rubber) to ground out any static charge built up on the equipment
  • Refuel away from other heat and possible ignition sources
  • Refuel in a well-ventilated area
  • Do not refuel in low lying areas, where vapours can accumulate
  • Refuel only from approved labelled fuel containers
  • Use a funnel, to reduce the risk of static electricity and fuel spillage
  • Ensure suitable fire extinguishers are readily accessible
  • Replace fuel caps on equipment and fuel containers tightly.
For more information from Worksafe Victoria, visit their site.

When Transporting portable equipment and fuel containers:

  • Allow the equipment to cool down before loading it onto a vehicle
  • Ensure fuel caps are on tight
  • Secure in the upright position in a well-ventilated space.

When Storing fuel onsite:

  • Only approved labelled fuel containers are used
  • Fuel containers are outside vehicles or structures, in a well-ventilated area.

Plastic Fuel Can FAQ's

Fuel Can Tip... The main reason that your plastic fuel can caps and breather caps break or crack is due to applying too much pressure when closing the caps. Pressure inside your can won't magically unscrew your cap. Just twist it til it's tight, no more, and it will last you five years!

Did you know... Fact: The 20 Litre Pro Quip can empties faster than any other 20L plastic can on the Australian Market: IN UNDER 1 MINUTE!
Some of our competitor's cans take OVER 7 MINUTES to empty!!
Which can would you prefer to use when you're filling a tank?
Note: Information based on seven of the most readily available cans on the market as at 2012.

Did you know...
Plastic Fuel Cans should be replaced every 5 years.
They are not designed to last any longer. If you want a can to last 25 years, buy Metal!

TIP: When using your Safe-T-Pour Fuel Can, make sure you place the tip of the pourer a couple of centimetres BELOW where you want the fuel level to stop. This will ensure you will get the fuel level you want!

TIP: To make it easier to use the can correctly, use the flexible pourer by bending it into the fuel tank opening, then tilt your can to start the fuel flow. When you're done, tilt the can down so it's level, then remove and straighten the pourer!

TIP: Always store your plastic fuel can upright. That way, if you have accidentally not screwed the breather cap or main cap on correctly, you won't get spills.

NOTE: If you believe you have a faulty cap, please see our Recall Page to ascertain if your cap may be affected.

Metal Jerry Can FAQ'S

Fuel Can Tip... If you need to open a metal jerry can after it has been sitting in the sun too long and has pressurised, make sure you point the opening away from your face, as there may be some splashback.

Fuel Can Tip... If you use a jerry can holder, make sure it has rubber buffers so your paint does not get scratched. Deep scratches in your paint increase the risk of rust developing.

Did you know... We now have flexible pourers for our standard and screw cap metal cans that have their own internal seal, so they won't leak. The are tough, but ultra flexible, meaning now you can pour into hard-to-reach places way easier!

TIP: If you feel that your bayonette metal can is not sealing as tight as it used to, check the rubber seal in the lid. Rubber soaked in fuel will deteriorate faster than usual, so you should replace your rubber seal every few years, to keep your metal fuel can in top working order.

Plastic Water Can FAQ'S

Did you know... Our Plastic Water Cans and Cubes are BPA FREE! They are constructed from HDPE (Food Grade) Plastic, so are perfectly safe for storing drinking water!

Water Can Tip...
You should always rinse out and air your new plastic water container for at least 24 hours before you use it.
This should get rid of any plastic taste that might taint your water.
If you're still having trouble with a plastic smell or taste after trying that, try a few drops of vanilla essence in about a litre of water, and swish it around the entire inside of the can, then leave overnight.

Water Can Tip... If you are having trouble screwing your cap on and off your Heavy Duty Water Can, or removing the bung for the tap, take a look at one of our Accessories, the Water Can Spanner. This tool can be used for the cap, the bung, and the tap, making tightening and loosening so much easier and faster.