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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
I refuel aircraft and boats in remote locations using gas cans, so a can that is durable, inexpensive, built low so it transports well, seals so they don't allow product to evaporate and drains without attendance are all pluses in my world. Just to put a finer point on my frame of reference, In my world the ideal gas can sells for $10 and empties in under a minute. That's because I deal in bulk. Handling requires that I do it with gas cans and not barrels and pumps. Plastic is also easier to handle than steel and doesn't corrode. For the person filling a one pint lawnmower gas tank, my comments do not apply. Get a small 'NO-Spill' brand gas can. You'll love it.
I like this Briggs 6 gallon can but it rates a 3 because of price and the CARB compliant spout. Ignore price and throw away or modify the spout and it rates a five for it's heavier plastic and stable shape that transports well.
I have not done any actual measuring, but the can itself seems to be made of thicker plastic than the 5 gallon Briggs can or it's nearest rival, which is the Midwest Can Company 6 Gal Gas Can 6600, but not as thick as the 5 gallon NO-Spill brand, which sells for the same price, has a nicer spout and rates a five if you ignore price. Thickness is important because I suspect some fuel evaporates with time and temp thru the side of cheaper plastic cans. By the way: Bulging is good: It means the can is retaining the fuel that would otherwise evaporate.
The Briggs spout that comes with this can is a mixed bag: It's strong and has a large tab to rest the weight of a can on while refueling another tank. the internal shutoff spring is very strong, so I took it apart to change the spring, ruining the spout in the process.
The threads on the can appear to be proprietary, so I disassembled the spout, salvaged the threaded cap and added a Gott flex spout and sealing disk from ebay. It seals perfectly. Then added a vent plug assembly, also from ebay and the can empties fast, rivaling the $10 cans of yesteryear but cost close to $45. For comparison, a metal Eagle Type II safety can costs $60 and has some nice fire prevention features. If one thinks in terms of marginal utility and safety, for another $15 the metal Eagle gas can wins.