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nathanwind January 19th, 2014 05:36 PM

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?

Bill Larson January 19th, 2014 05:54 PM

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.

nathanwind January 19th, 2014 06:00 PM

Damn you! Ok, I think I'm sold on the plastic :)....

Bill Larson January 19th, 2014 06:04 PM

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.

nathanwind January 19th, 2014 06:18 PM

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!

ranewman January 19th, 2014 06:22 PM

The metal ones make more shrapnel on impact.....

rdavisinva January 19th, 2014 07:25 PM

Plastic for water and metal for fuel.

nathanwind January 19th, 2014 07:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rdavisinva (Post 500341)
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...

Bill Larson January 19th, 2014 08:20 PM

x2...Why metal for water?

Wolf Fabrication January 19th, 2014 08:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bill Larson (Post 500353)
x2...Why metal for water?

Metal adds more flavor and minerals to your water.

rdavisinva January 19th, 2014 09:13 PM

Plastic for water and metal for fuel.

Rocky January 19th, 2014 09:18 PM

With 6 galling B&s a third of the price of a metal can, hard to make the case for metal.

nathanwind January 19th, 2014 09:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Rocky (Post 500372)
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.

sonoronos January 19th, 2014 09:39 PM

Given the manufacturing efficiencies of plastic over metal, I can only assume the price difference is artificial.

spammer January 19th, 2014 10:00 PM

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.

Bill Larson January 19th, 2014 10:11 PM

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Manimal January 19th, 2014 10:19 PM

Sweet! 95% mystery ingredients. Cracks me up.


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Originally Posted by Bill Larson (Post 500389)
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Rocky January 19th, 2014 10:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nathanwind (Post 500373)
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/

Wolf Fabrication January 19th, 2014 10:47 PM

Rotopax and never look back.

woldd90 January 19th, 2014 11:00 PM

I love my pre-Carb NATO cans... I have two Scepters for water


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