FAQ: Plastic Fuel & Water Cans

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.

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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