[Homestead] Type of gas can (fuel container) about to be outlawed
bobford79 at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 15 15:47:36 EST 2008
I have no idea of the relevance of this to any on the list, but I thought I would post just in case; I ran across it reading another link from another link, etc. The EPA is amking a ceratin type of fuel container/carrier to be henceforth banned.
" I've selfishly held off posting this to prevent my cans from getting sniped while my order was delayed by waiting for an unrelated item, but since I got a shipping notice today, I figured I should clue you all in while there is still time.
Some of you may be aware of this already, but the EPA is forcing all portable fuel containers sold in the USA to comply with CARB (california air resources board) standards as of January 1, 2009. This means that as of that date, all you will be able to buy is the shitty gas jugs with the shitty threaded spout with the automatic shut off valve that doesn't pour worth a damn. I discovered this last week when I went to order a couple of the good NATO style jugs for use on my Jeep, and I asked about the NATO style water jugs, which their website showed as being out of stock. He said that the manufacturer of the cans (Wedco) had stopped manufacture of the old style, which would not be available after Dec. 31. After I placed my order, I checked Google, and sure enough, he was right. I called back and increased my order, to what seems like a lot of cans now, but in 20 years I will probably be wishing I had bought more of them.
This is the site I ordered my cans from. It is worth a read even if you don't intend to buy anything, because it tells about the history of the original style Jerry can dating back to before World War II. I imagine you'll still be able to buy these as surplus or used, but if you want NEW NATO style gas cans, this month is basically your last chance if you live in the USA. If you live in one of the states that has adopted CARB regulations, then you may already be screwed, unless you can have them shipped to a friend in a non CARB state.
These are expensive, but personally after a plastic can failed on me 2-3 weeks ago, causing a trip to the ER to have my left eye flushed out, I am through with plastic fuel containers. And the "Blitz" US style metal cans like the hardware stores carry just plain suck (they're prone to leaking, and pour slowly due to bad venting). In a way, the accident was a blessing in disguise, because while I had meant to order some of these cans, I would have procrastinated and they would have been unavailable by the time I got around to ordering any.
“Maybe Jesus was right when he said that the meek shall inherit the earth—but they inherit very small plots, about six feet by three.” --Robert A. Heinlein "
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