Frequently Asked Questions

Metal Jerry Cans  
Plastic Fuel & Water Cans  
Mr Funnel

Can I use additives in my fuel without affecting the Mr Funnel Filter?

It is not recommended that any additives be put through with fuel into the Mr Funnel Filter. Additives may strip the coating from the filter mesh and render it ineffective. If additives must be used, add to tank after filtering fuel through Mr Funnel.

How can I test a Mr Funnel to know that it works?

We recommend you test the Fuel Filter Funnel before each use. Add enough water to the funnel to cover the bottom 1/3 of the filter. This amount of water should not pass through the filter and proves it is working as designed. More than this amount will cause water to pass through the filter due to the additional head pressure caused by the mass of the excess water. If most of the filter is covered with water, the head pressure of a full funnel can force water through the filter. During proper use; as water is observed collecting in the bottom of the funnel, or the flow rate begins to slow, stop refueling and dump the water/dirt out of the funnel and then continue.

What is the difference between conductive and non-conductive models?

The conductive (Black model) Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter Funnels contain carbon injected into the raw materials allowing the funnel to conduct static electricity. Grounding is an important safety feature when handling fuel in marine and aviation applications. Please consult the owners manual of equipment to be filled for proper grounding instructions.

Do I need to replace the filter in a Mr Funnel?

No! The fluoropolymer stainless steel mesh in the Mr Funnel is designed to never need replacing. Even wiping the filter is not recommended as loose fibres may block the mesh causing the flow rate to slow. A simple tap on the concrete is all that is needed to loosen any contaminants and being a non stick surface, the filter will wash free as it is used with more fuel. There is no need to back-flow the filter.

Can I use Mr Funnel at a Bowser?

Yes! The F15C is the perfect size to use as its 45Lpm flow rate can easily cope with diesel and unleaded bowser speeds. Please note however that the flow rate on Hi-Flow diesel pumps is too great for even the F15C, so is not recommended for use with them. Smaller model Mr Funnels are best used with Jerry Cans and for smaller capacity fuel tank applications.

What liquids can be filtered by Mr Funnel Fuel Filter Funnels?

The Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter Funnel is designed to remove water, dirt and debris from unleaded fuel, diesel, two-stroke mixes, kerosene and aviation fuels.

How does the Mr Funnel Work?

Mr Funnel is a fuel filter funnel that separates free water, dirt, debris and dust down to 74 micron from hydrocarbon fuels. Free water is the collection of H2O molecules in the bottom of fuel cans or drums, formed when fuel is stored for any amount of time. Free water forms due to condensation in the air and/or the separation of water molecules from fuel. As fuel is poured into the Mr Funnel, free water, dirt dust and other contaminants are prevented from passing through the filter mesh and are collected in the sump area at the bottom of the funnel. Simply discard these contents and allow the funnel to dry. There is no need to wipe or replace the filter at any time.

Metal Fuel Can – Holder

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.

Metal Fuel Can – Flexible Pourers

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!

Metal Fuel Can – Bayonet Metal Not Sealing

If you feel that your bayonet 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 or Metal Jerry Can, which should I choose?

There are benefits to both types, and some important points to consider based on what you plan to do with them.

Plastic cans offer great scratch resistance and can be used in general fuel storage and marine applications due to the HDPE plastic construction. Plastic cans are lighter than steel though don’t let that fool you; when filled to nominal capacity the 20L versions still weigh over 16kg with Unleaded and over 18kg with Diesel. Check out the Pro Quip Fuel Can Select System further weight and pouring information of other options in the range. Plastic cans are also cheaper to purchase while also including a pourer, however the Australian Dangerous Goods Code recommends that HDPE fuel containers be replaced after 5 years of use. Plastic cans should always be stored upright and secured during travel. HDPE plastic will always swell and contract from changes in ambient temperature if their pressure hasn’t been manually equalised with the vent cap which can make them more difficult to remove from holders.

Pro Quip Metal Jerry Cans offer a longer term option with well looked after cans lasting over 20 years (from personal experience). The internal fuel resistant enamel prevents internal rust from condensation. Both Super Cans and Traditional Style Jerry Cans are able to be stored in any orientation which is easier for travel. The weight when full of a Pro Quip Metal Jerry Can will be 19kg for Unleaded and 21kg for Diesel. If lifting weight is an issue but metal is still the preference, consider smaller sizes such as the 10L and 5L variations. There is very little noticeable expansion and contraction due to changes in ambient temperature with Pro Quip Metal Jerry Cans due to the 0.9mm Steel used.

Can I use Unleaded Fuel in Diesel Cans and vice versa?

The colour of Pro Quip Plastic and Metal Jerry Cans is for identification purposes only. There is no difference in the plastic used in the plastic versions, or the enamel used in the metal versions between colours.

Are Pro Quip Metal Jerry Cans OK for use with water?

No, the inner enamel based lining is suitable for fuel but not water as it is not food grade.

Do 20L Pro Quip Plastic Fuel and Water Cans fit holders?

Yes, the upright design of both 15L and 20L Pro Quip Plastic Fuel and Water Cans are suitable for traditional jerry can holders that fit metal varieties. The Can Caddy Fuel Can Transport Tray and stabilisers can be used for Pro Quip 5 and 10L Plastic and Metal Jerry Cans.

Can I buy replacement parts for my Pro Quip Can?

All replacement parts are available either directly through Pro Quip or at one of the leading retailers who stock our products on an everyday basis. Click on the particular part you need to find out where, or alternatively get in touch with us directly. Please bear in mind that not all stores in some retail chains will stock every product in our range.

My Pro Quip Plastic Fuel Can is leaking when being poured or stored, why?

The most common cause of a Pro Quip Plastic Fuel Can leaking when being stored or poured is because the seal is not seated in its correct position. The “C” Seal is used to allow components to be stored inside the can during transport and storage. This seal should always be positioned over the flange or shoulder of the pourer, allowing it to seal against the neck of the can and the cap (when pouring) or stopper (when storing). Check out our “How to” section in the Info Hub for the proper assembly of these parts.

How tight do I need to close the components on my fuel can?

Components should only be closed to finger tightness. This decreases the chance of compressing, pinching or tearing the seal underneath which can cause a leak.

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