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Old January 19th, 2014, 05:36 PM
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Jerry Cans: metal vs. plastic

So I'm pulling the trigger on some 20L & 10L Jerry Can's for fuel storage/transport/etc...and I've been heavily leaning towards the plastic-style cans (Scepter) for this.

However, now am strongly considering the Nato-style metal simply based on price (they are about 1/3-1/2 the cost of the plastic-style).

Any thoughts out there from folks that have experience? Are the plastic versions really "all that", and worth ponying up an extra 100% (or more) in purchase price?
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Old January 19th, 2014, 05:54 PM
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I like the plastic for several reasons and I think lucky8 even did a video on it...anyway...

They are more durable and wont rust, you can make permanent repairs to them more so than the metal ones (bullet holes), they are more buoyant, seem to have higher resale value, you can cut them up for weapons when all the fuel is gone...lol. lots of stuff!

I'm a big fan of the Rotopax system and have 20 or so...a friend of mine has the ones you're looking at. I think those cans are ok but they are just too bulky.
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Damn you! Ok, I think I'm sold on the plastic ....
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Old January 19th, 2014, 06:04 PM
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Hey just the fact Lucky8 did a video on it works!...You should buy the Rotopax, if you don't like them I'll take them off your hands...at a reduced price of course! lol...good luck.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 06:18 PM
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I'm pretty set on the standard 20L size vs the Rotopax, mine will likely live in the shed/garage or trailer most of the time so I'm not worried about putting on the truck.

But damn these things are pricey!
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The metal ones make more shrapnel on impact.....
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Plastic for water and metal for fuel.
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Plastic for fuel and metal for water.
Why metal for water? I've actually been using the Scepter 20L water cans, and do like those...
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x2...Why metal for water?
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x2...Why metal for water?
Metal adds more flavor and minerals to your water.
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With 6 galling B&s a third of the price of a metal can, hard to make the case for metal.
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With 6 galling B&s a third of the price of a metal can, hard to make the case for metal.
We are on different pages here. I don't consider the Briggs & Stratton in the same ballpark (or even stratosphere) as the Scepter cans. Scepters (plastic) are in the $100-ish for a 5-gallon, and the genuine (metal) NATO cans are in the $40-50 range.

Essentially the thing here is whether to make the case for the added expense of the plastic over metal.
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Given the manufacturing efficiencies of plastic over metal, I can only assume the price difference is artificial.
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Is there a brand or kind that are recommended for the ex-mod jerry can lockers? It seems like that space will be super tight for 2 jerry cans.
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We are on different pages here. I don't consider the Briggs & Stratton in the same ballpark (or even stratosphere) as the Scepter cans. Scepters (plastic) are in the $100-ish for a 5-gallon, and the genuine (metal) NATO cans are in the $40-50 range. Essentially the thing here is whether to make the case for the added expense of the plastic over metal.
Bro:

Are you on EE pricing scale? Under $20 for a six gallon plastic tank. Still way under your best pricing. And their 5gallon metal are $64

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Briggs-Stra...508/203165850/
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Rotopax and never look back.
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I love my pre-Carb NATO cans... I have two Scepters for water
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