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Petrol cans are containers made especially for storing and transporting fuel. These devices have reinforcement ribs, are equipped with a convenient handle for carrying and tightly closing cap which prevents leaking. Such accessories are irreplaceable when one needs to carry a fuel supply for a trip.

What are the types of petrol cans

By material:

  • Steel. They feature a high durability and long service life, don’t react with fuel. But in case of wrong use, they can be damaged by corrosion.
  • Aluminium. They are not prone to intense oxidation when exposed to water and air. Moreover, they are lightweight but are not impact-resistant.
  • Plastic. They are relatively inexpensive, have a small weight, don’t react with fuel and water, withstand sharp temperature changes. A plastic that doesn’t accumulate static electricity is used for their production. Their short service life is a disadvantage.

By shape:

  • Vertical. They are more compact but their narrow base and significant height make them rather unstable. That is why they should be fastened when transporting.
  • Horizontal. These are stable accessories with a wide base. Often, they don’t require fastening but need more space than vertical ones.

There are cans of different capacity in catalogues – most often it is 5, 10 and 20 litres. The more capacious the container is, the thicker its walls are. Moreover, the number of handles depends on the capacity. For example, 20-litre cans are equipped, as a rule, with 3 handles for 2 people to carry them.

Features of petrol can usage

  1. Use the can according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Take into account that many containers can be used for fuel transportation only for a limited period of time.
  2. From time to time you should examine petrol cans for cracks, abrasions and other defects.
  3. Make sure that the container with a highly flammable liquid is always tightly closed.
  4. If you intend to store fuel for a long time, don’t fill more than 95% of the can. Also, you shouldn’t leave the container half-empty because oxidation processes in it can affect fuel properties.
  5. Containers should be stored in specially dedicated places, in a garage for example. It is important that temperature in the room is not too high. An empty tank should be stored with a half-tightened cap, so that fuel vapours couldn’t accumulate inside.

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