Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008) $80

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The Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and is identical to the jerrycan invented by the Wehrmacht and still used by armies worldwide. This jerrycan features a locking key on the cap, and a special EPA/CARB certified spout and unleaded adapter are included with every can. The special spout is what makes this jerrycan/spout combination legal for sale in all 50 states, even though many would recognize this type of jerrycan as "preban". Now with the special spout, the best portable fuel container ever devised is available to all of us once again.

Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009)

Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009) $80

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The Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and is identical to the jerrycan invented by the Wehrmacht and still used by armies worldwide. This jerrycan features a locking key on the cap, and a special EPA/CARB certified spout and unleaded adapter are included with every can. The special spout is what makes this jerrycan/spout combination legal for sale in all 50 states, even though many would recognize this type of jerrycan as "preban". Now with the special spout, the best portable fuel container ever devised is available to all of us once again.

Wavian 20-Liter Black NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3010)

Wavian 20-Liter Black NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3010) $80

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The Wavian 20-Liter Black NATO Jerry Can holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and is identical to the jerrycan invented by the Wehrmacht and still used by armies worldwide. This jerrycan features a locking key on the cap, and a special EPA/CARB certified spout and unleaded adapter are included with every can. The special spout is what makes this jerrycan/spout combination legal for sale in all 50 states, even though many would recognize this type of jerrycan as "preban". Now with the special spout, the best portable fuel container ever devised is available to all of us once again.

Wavian 20-Liter Yellow NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3011)

Wavian 20-Liter Yellow NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3011) $80

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The Wavian 20-Liter Yellow NATO Jerry Can holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and is identical to the jerrycan invented by the Wehrmacht and still used by armies worldwide. This jerrycan features a locking key on the cap, and a special EPA/CARB certified spout and unleaded adapter are included with every can. The special spout is what makes this jerrycan/spout combination legal for sale in all 50 states, even though many would recognize this type of jerrycan as "preban". Now with the special spout, the best portable fuel container ever devised is available to all of us once again.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012)

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012) $80

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The Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and is identical to the jerrycan invented by the Wehrmacht and still used by armies worldwide. This jerrycan features a locking key on the cap, and a special EPA/CARB certified spout and unleaded adapter are included with every can. The special spout is what makes this jerrycan/spout combination legal for sale in all 50 states, even though many would recognize this type of jerrycan as "preban". Now with the special spout, the best portable fuel container ever devised is available to all of us once again. This is not a food-grade can and is not suitable for storing or transporting potable water.

Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Gasket (2325)

Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Gasket (2325) $3

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This Wavian Replacement Gasket is made from fuel-resistant rubber and will provide many years of service before it requires replacement because the genius of the Wehrmacht Jerrycan design does not twist and wear the gasket. EE sells these gaskets primarily as replacements for the gaskets on your military surplus jerrycans. This gasket measures about 55mm tall x 50mm wide and is the standard NATO Jerrycan size. It will therefore fit all standard NATO Jerrycans and not just those labeled Wavian. Keep those beater jerrycans in working condition simply by replacing the worn gasket.

Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Locking Pin (2238)

Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Locking Pin (2238) $2

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The Wavian Jerrycans come standard with a locking key on the cap, but many other jerrycans do not. Still other jerrycans come with a locking pin, but a pin that is straight and not kinked in the middle like this one. The kink is not a manufacturing defect but rather a very thoughtful design. When the locking pin is inserted easily and then turned 90 degrees, the kink takes up slack in the lid assembly, locks down the lid tightly, and prevents the pin from rattling loose. This locking pin will fit any standard NATO Jerrycan that is currently or once was fitted with a locking pin, and installation is very easy and requires no tools.

ARB Double Jerry Can Holder (3500390)

ARB Double Jerry Can Holder (3500390) $173

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The ARB Double Jerry Can Holder holds two jerrycans on top of your roof rack. The Holder is compatible with both Wavian Fuel NATO Jerrycans and Pro Quip Water Jerrycans, and you can mix and match jerrycan types in the Holder. To obtain that perfect fit with different jerrycan types, a series of rubber shims is included and the clasp is screw-adjustable. The clasp may be locked with a padlock if desired. Easy mounting is where the ARB Double Jerry Can Holder is superior to other designs, and the Holder will mount easily to ARB roof racks, Safety Devices or other racks with 1" tubing, and to solid roof rack flooring. The basket is multi-slotted to let the basket adapt very easily to different tubing dimensions. The mounting carriage bolts and brackets are included. Powdercoated steel construction.

 

World War I Trench Warfare

The jerrycan is a German invention born out of efforts to end the endless stalemate that resulted from warfare methods used during the First World War. The Imperial armies that previously faced each other and did battle at close range with single-shot rifles and muskets were, by the time of the outbreak of the First World War and the Industrial Revolution, faced with the extreme range, accuracy, and rapid fire of the new repeating rifle and Maxim machinegun. To avoid being shot and blown to pieces, the armies on both sides were forced to dig trenches for cover. By the end of the war, both sides had erected seemingly endless mazes of trenches that were protected by minefields, artillery, concertina wire, poison gas, machineguns, rifles, shotguns (though only by the Americans as the European armies considered the shotgun to be an unacceptably brutal and uncivilized weapon for antipersonnel use), as well as other support weapons. While the trenches were very heavily defended, they still had to be attacked on foot and without the support of mechanized vehicles. The trenches were thus very difficult to take without sending literally tens of thousands of men to their deaths in every major battle. Every inch of ground was extremely difficult to take and an entire generation of young men was lost on these battlefields, all for what appeared to be an endless stalemate.

Blitzkrieg Jerrycan

By the time of Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939, several tacticians in the German High Command had devised a new form of warfare they referred to as Blitzkrieg (literally, "lightning war"). Blitzkrieg, it was believed, would permit the German armies to move faster and hit harder than they had ever done and would end the stalemated nature of the First World War. Generally speaking, Blitzkrieg involves the coordination and concentration of several different forms of weaponry on a single point of defense to attack, overwhelm, and defeat the enemy.

Blitzkrieg Artillery

As during past battles, artillery was used to soften enemy defenses before and during the attack. However, what differed from past military tactics was that artillery was but one of several different elements of the attacking forces.

Blitzkrieg Stuka

Aircraft became developed enough that they could be used to attack ground targets. Stuka dive bombers of the Luftwaffe rained bombs on enemy positions, supply routes, airfields, and command centers. These bombs were significantly more powerful than previous designs, and were delivered much more accurately and deeper behind enemy lines than was possible with artillery. These air attacks also prevented enemy coordination and reaction to the attacks by panzer (armor) and infantry units that were happening simultaneously.

Blitzkrieg Fallschirmjager

The Germans dropped more than bombs. They dropped Fallschirmjäger (literally "hunters from the sky", Fallschirmjäger were paratroopers under the command of the Luftwaffe) behind enemy lines to attack the enemy's supply channels and other critical positions in conjunction with other attacks.

Blitzkrieg Panzer Jerrycans

Simultaneous with the attacks from the air, panzer units attacked the enemy's positions and drove deep into enemy territory in conjunction with mechanized infantry units. These mechanized divisions engaged the enemy deep behind his own lines and deprived him of the opportunity to establish defensive positions for the following grenadier and infantry units. If moved rapidly enough, concentrations of panzer divisions could smash through enemy defensive positions and into deep the enemy's rear, destroying supply channels and artillery positions, and decreasing the enemy's ability to defend.

Blitzkrieg Panzer Grenadier

German infantry and panzer grenadier units both supported the panzer units and attacked the enemy's flanks to complete the attack and eventually encircle the enemy and force his eventual surrender or destruction.

Battle of France

While each of these different forms of attack was devastating on its own, when combined into one orchestrated attack on the strategic scale they had a synergistic effect that was devastating on defending forces. The other European armies, who still clung to the theories of warfare espoused in the First World War, now faced attacks of such speed and ferocity that defeat was inevitable. Ground that previously took months to take now took only hours. Entire countries fell in weeks, and sometimes even in days. This was a far cry from the static warfare of the previous war.

Blitzkrieg Fall of Poland

Blitzkrieg was frighteningly effective. Polish forces were no match for the superbly coordinated German attack. Poland fell easily.

Hitler in Paris

So did France. Though France had a larger and better equipped army and was well-prepared for the German invasion, Germany walked all over the French forces and took France in only a few weeks.

Blitzkrieg Parisians

Parisians watched in horror as Wehrmacht forces paraded through the streets of Paris.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg was devastating. Germany was effectively invincible during the early stages of the Second World War and Wehrmacht forces paraded through almost every European capital. The Germans had shown the world what combined-arms warfare could do.

Blitzkrieg Jerrycan

One weakness of Blitzkrieg was that the combat units could move a little too quickly. Troop movement was now very rapid and widespread. Supply and support units had to be able to keep up with the rapidly advancing infantry and armor units and keep them supplied with food, ammunition, and fuel. The thousands of tanks, armored vehicles, and trucks required huge amounts of fuel to remain on combat status. Photo by Bundesarchiv.

The German High Command foresaw this need and designed a fuel container (the same container that we know today as the jerrycan) well before invading Poland in 1939. By the time the Wehrmacht invaded Poland, they had millions of jerrycans already in their inventory and ready for the forthcoming Blitzkrieg across Europe.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The Germans, however, had done much more than simply stockpile millions of fuel containers. In a manner typical of brilliant Teutonic engineering, they put as much detailed and thoughtful effort toward designing these fuel containers as they had in formulating the art and science of combined-arms warfare. The result was a fuel container extraordinaire, the likes of which the world had never seen. The unique design features of the jerrycan were numerous and ingenious, and were sound enough that the jerrycan remains in almost universal use today in its original form. Many have tried to improve upon the original design, without success.

Blitzkrieg Jerrycan

The jerrycan has flat sides so that it can be stacked and stored efficiently with minimal wasted airspace between the cans. Photo by Bundesarchiv.

Wavian 20-Liter Yellow NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3011)

The sides feature strengthening ribs stamped into the sides to maximize the strength of the can's walls. The strengthening ribs protrude inward rather than outward so as not to interfere with tight stacking of the cans.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008) Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The jerrycan is constructed with the two halves welded together with a continuous weld. Allied fuel cans of the time were constructed with the seams rolled, which resulted in leaking. The single welded seam of the jerrycan is airtight and leakproof in all temperatures.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

Note how the Wavian label covers the continuous weld but the decal is still nice and flat. This is because the weld is recessed. The recessed weld is not susceptible to wear and tear and will remain intact and airtight even after use. The mouth is also secured to the body with a continuous weld.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012) Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009)

The handles are secured to the body by a continuous weld. They will not break off.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans With EPA/CARB Spouts And Unleaded Adapters

There are three handles at the top. Why not just one? Three handles make the jerrycan much easier to handle.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The middle handle permits the user to carry one full can in each hand without having the can tilt and bang against the legs. If he is weak or exhausted, he may carry one can with both hands, with one hand on each outboard handle.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans

The three-handle design also permits the user to carry two empty cans in each hand by forming the two outer handles of two separate cans into a single handle. The same handle design permits soldiers or workers to pass cans to one another in a bucket-brigade fashion without having to shift their grip or support the cans by the base when passing them from person to person.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans

An air chamber sits above the height of the cap. Thus, the jerrycan cannot be overfilled unless the user specifically so desires and tilts the can while filling. This is not recommended. The air chamber houses enough air that a jerrycan full of fuel will float if inadvertently dropped into water. The air chamber also acts as a buffer to accommodate expanding fuel in different temperatures.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans

Note also that the cap does not extend above the topline of the carrying handles.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans

This permits the cans to be stacked on top of one another easily and prevents cans from being stacked with the spouts inadvertently left open. The opening lever is also designed so that it cannot open inadvertently if something is stacked on top of the can.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerry Cans

The cap is unique in that its camming action forms an airtight (not just liquid-tight) seal but yet can be opened easily with bare hands. The camming action ensures that the cap is always easy to open, yet provides an airtight seal. When you open a jerrycan, you will hear the "whoosh" noise of air ingressing or egressing because of pressure differences between the contents of the can and the ambient air. This "whoosh" is your indication of the quality of the seal on the genuine jerrycans.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

No damage is done to the rubber seal as the can is opened and closed repeatedly. In contrast, cans with threaded caps are more difficult to close tightly and open, and necessarily damage the rubber seal as they are rotated. If you should ever have to replace the gasket because of old age, simply pull out the old gasket and insert the replacement. It's that easy.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The cap automatically stays in the open position so as not to interfere with pouring. In the above photo, the finger is pressing firmly against the cap, and yet the cap does not close.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

When pouring, the user need not hold the cap open and can use both hands to support the heavy weight of a full jerrycan to pour without spillage.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

When fitted with a separate Pouring Spout, the cap does not close onto the separate pouring spout when pouring.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

A breather tube spans the distance from the mouth to the interior of the air chamber area at the top of the can. Thus, liquids pour smoothly from the mouth without gurgling, i.e., there is no glug-glug-glug, even though the mouth is about 1.5" wide. This was a key design feature of the jerrycan to prevent spillage and fuel waste. The entire interior is lined with a material that is impervious to degradation from exposure to fuels like gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, etc.

Wehrmacht Jerrycans Refueled

The mouth is more than large enough to refill the cans using all pump nozzles.

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The jerrycan's brilliant design was a major element of the success of the Blitzkrieg movement across Europe, North Africa, and Asia, and the jerrycan was classified in the early parts of the Second World War. Wehrmacht units that were in substantial danger of surrender or capture were ordered to destroy their jerrycans for fear that they would fall into Allied hands. Photos by Bundesarchiv.

American Copy of German Jerrycan

The Germans' fears were not unwarranted, for the Americans captured some jerrycans and made a knock-off. Like the M3 Grease Gun, the American copycan is a far inferior copy of the original. The welds are not recessed and are susceptible to wear and tear, causing leaking. The rolled seam on the bottom leaks and is damaged easily. The cap threads into the body, which both requires tools to obtain a tight seal and shreds the rubber gasket. There is no vent in the mouth and the design relies on a very large mouth to let air in while the fuel pours out. This means that the can will not pour smoothly without a dedicated pouring spout fitted. The cap is secured with a tether to prevent loss, and the cap must be held away from the mouth with one of the two hands while pouring. Not a success.

SAS Jeep with Jerrycans

The British also used the Wehrmacht jerrycans whenever they could capture them, but unlike the Americans, the British made an exact copy of the Wehrmacht jerrycan. This British Army Special Air Service Jeep in North Africa holds an eclectic mix of several Wehrmacht jerrycans as well as the inferior American copycan. The SAS were tasked with finding and destroying enemy aircraft parked on the ground, and operated deep behind enemy lines without other support. The SAS had to rely on their fuel cans to hold their precious fuel on these long missions far from their own lines. With the superiority of the jerrycan over the American copycan, it was only natural that the Allies would use the jerrycan whenever they could capture specimens.

German Jerrycans

When the British could not capture sufficient quantities of the Wehrmacht jerrycan, they produced their own. The British manufactured over 20 million exact duplicates of the Wehrmacht jerrycan during the War, and these were used by all Allied Forces.

SAS Pink Panther With Jerrycans

The Germans lost the war, but the jerrycan was just too good to die. No matter how much people tried to improve upon the original design, they couldn't. So everyone kept on using the original design. The iconic Special Air Service Pink Panther was fitted with jerrycans.

Special Air Service Land Rover

In the First Gulf War, Special Air Service units used the jerrycan to great effect in their search-and-destroy missions against the Iraqi mobile Scud missile launchers. These missions by the SAS were crucial to maintaining the international coalition against Iraq. In an attempt to pull Israel into the Gulf War and cause the other Arab nations to leave the international coalition, Iraq repeatedly launched Scud missiles into Israel. The coalition forces thus had to expend considerable time and forces toward finding and destroying the strategically and tactically insignificant (but very politically significant) Scud launchers. The SAS were charged with finding and destroying as many Scud launchers as they could and had to go deep behind enemy lines to find them. The jerrycan was crucial to the success of the SAS missions. Almost every item of equipment the SAS used differed from the equipment they had used in the past. The Land Rover 110 replaced the Jeep and Series Pink Panther. Battle carbines like the M16 replaced the Enfield SMLE and L1A1 battle rifles. The Fabrique Nationale MAG 58 general-purpose machinegun replaced the Vickers, Lewis, and BREN machineguns. The SAS teams also used then-sophisticated equipment like global positioning satellite systems, satellite communications, and laser target designators that were unheard of when the jerrycan was invented. With all of this modern equipment, the jerrycan remained, strong as ever and still in its original form.

Royal Marine Land Rovers

Just like any other tool of war, the jerrycan can be used for purposes other than toward destroying things. The jerrycans on these Royal Marine Wolf Defenders are being used during peacekeeping operations in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo and to guard food convoys to the hungry people of that troubled region during Operation Task Force Harvest. In addition to the two jerrycans in the rear baskets, the Wolf Defenders also hold more jerrycans in the cargo compartments just forward of the rear wheels.

Royal Marines With Jerrycan

These Royal Marines take a break on the Al Faw peninsula on their way to Baghdad. Their Pinzgauer is fitted with a jerrycan to contain extra fuel for the long road ahead.

Swiss Army Jerrycans

Swiss troops refill their jerrycans.

Australian Defence Force Australian Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force uses the jerrycan as well. These 6x6 Long Range Patrol Vehicles patrol the streets of Bagram, Afghanistan in search of terrorist forces during Operation Slipper. The LRPV's depend on their jerrycans to hold their precious fuel during their reconnaissance missions deep in enemy territory. The Australian armored vehicles also rely on the jerrycan.

Kommando Spezial Kräfte

The German Army is now called the Bundeswehr rather than the Wehrmacht, but it still uses the jerrycan. These elite Kommando Spezial Kräfte operators patrol the streets of Afghanistan in search of remaining Taliban and al Qaeda personnel. They are armed with some of the finest equipment ever to be issued to soldiers. Their vehicle is the Geländewagen from Mercedes-Benz. Their machinegun is the MG3 universal machinegun from Rheinmetall, a modernized version of the MG42 universal machinegun developed by the Wehrmacht in World War II. The operator in the rear carries a G36K from Heckler & Koch GmbH fitted with a Beta Company C-Mag 100-round drum magazine and Bushnell HOLOsight. Among all of this modern-day equipment is the jerrycan, still serving the German Army today. It probably always will.

Land Rover Expedition With Jerrycans

Like the trench coat, wristwatch, belt, and pocketknife, the jerrycan is a military innovation that has found wide acceptance in civilian life. We fourwheelers know and love the jerrycan for its recreational uses.

Land Rover Safari Vehicle With Jerrycans

Hunters for generations have used the jerrycan.

whiskey and soda in jerrycans

These expeditioners are using jerrycans to hold their whiskey and soda. When you are trying to protect your potent potables, nothing else will suffice.

Land Rover Expedition With Jerrycans

If you require containers to hold your precious fuel during trips, you can do no better than the jerrycan.

Camel Trophy Series Jerrycan Camel Trophy Range Rover With Jerrycans Camel Trophy Defender Jerrycan Camel Trophy Defenders With Jerrycans

The famous Camel Trophy vehicles were fitted with jerrycans for their spare fuel needs.

Bill Burke With Jerryans

Professionals like Bill Burke who must rely on their equipment day in and day out use only the genuine jerrycans.

Cyril Despres With Jerrycan

Jerrycans are used by more than fourwheelers. Here, Cyril Despres of the Gauloises-KTM squad refuels his body and his KTM 660 Rally Bike in the middle of BFE during the 2004 Dakar Rally.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerrycans

The Wavian Jerry Cans are identical in every way to the original Wehrmacht jerrycan with two exceptions: (1) there is a locking key on the cap; and (2) each Wavian Jerry Can comes with an EPA/CARB Spout. These changes and additions are required to make them legal for sale under the rule of Big Brother. Otherwise, the Wavian Jerry Cans are identical to the original jerrycans. The mouths even have the exact same dimensions as the original jerrycans.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The Wavian Jerry Can is fitted with a locking key to prevent the mouth from opening inadvertently.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

To "unlock" the cap, turn the key 90 degrees,

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

and then pull out the key.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

After key is pulled, lift the cam handle and open the cap.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The locking key is "kinked" so that it will not rattle when turned 90 degrees.

Old Jerrycan Locking Pin Old Jerrycan Locking Pin

Previous designs were straight straight pins and tended to rattle. To prevent them from rattling, the cam lock had to be pressed down hard or pulled up hard to take up the slack and keep the pins quiet.

Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Locking Pin (2238) Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Locking Pin (2238) Wavian NATO Jerrycan Replacement Locking Pin (2238)

If you have one of these straight designs, you can replace it with the "kinked" type for only a few dollars. Installation is very simple and does not require any tools.

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

The "kinked" locking key is nicer and easier to use. Just insert the key back into the the guide holes,

Wavian 20-Liter Green NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3008)

and then turn the key 90 degrees to lock it down and prevent it from rattling or vibrating loose.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012)

If you can't figure it out, instructions come on the side of each Wavian Jerry Can. After you use the can a few times, it will all become second nature to you.

Each and every Wavian Jerry Can comes with an EPA/CARB certified spout.

Wavian 20-Liter Yellow NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3011)

This is the only way that the original Wehrmacht jerrycan remains legal for sale. While it may be redundant to purchase a spout with each jerrycan, the alternative is no jerrycan at all. The original Wehrmacht jerrycans were unavailable for several years. Now they are back and 50-state legal because of these spouts.

Wavian EPA/Carb Spouts

The spouts are color-matched to the various Wavian Jerry Cans.

Wavian EPA/Carb Spout

Each spout comes with its own cam-locking latch,

Wavian EPA/Carb Spouts

and locks onto the jerrycan as before.

Wavian EPA/Carb Spouts

For the spouts (and cans) to be EPA and CARB certified, the spout's opening must be spring-loaded and close automatically when not in use. This is to prevent spillage if the can is knocked over and also to prevent evaporation of the fuel when the spout is just left on the can and the can is not sealed back up.

Wavian EPA/Carb Spouts

This is the spout in the open position. When released, the spout will close automatically.

Wavian Unleaded Adapter

Each Wavian Jerry Can also comes with an unleaded filling adapter.

Wavian EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter Wavian EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter

The unleaded filling adapter slides onto the spout and is thin enough to fill unleaded vehicles. The unleaded adapter is held with friction and will not come loose during pouring.

Wavian EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter

The unleaded filling adapter has an airway to let air while fuel pours out to prevent gurgling and spillage.

Wavian EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter

The spout also has an air passage to prevent the same gurgling and spillage.

EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter

The spout and unleaded adapter look like this when attached to the Wavian Jerry Can.

Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009) Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009)

The spout clips to the jerrycan for convenient storage. The unleaded adapter does not clip. You can store your jerrycans like this, but do not transport them this way or you will lose your spout and unleaded adapter.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012)

The Wavian Blue Jerry Can is not a watercan. The blue can does not have a food-grade liner or gasket and is not intended for holding potable water.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012)

The Blue Jerry Can is for holding kerosene or other petroleum-based fuels.

Leaky Plastic Jerrycans

Beware of copycat jerrycan designs. Those copycans are everywhere, in many different forms, and they are all inferior to the original. The plastic containers shown above with threaded spouts have leaked and spilled fuel all over the vehicle. Genuine jerrycans do not leak.

Tupperware Fake Jerrycans

Other copycans kinda sorta look like jerrycans to the uninitiated, but lack the virtues that give the jerrycan its supreme utility. Those copycans lack the breather tube that spans the distance from the pouring mouth to the air chamber, and thus gurgle and spill when pouring. Those copycans rely on very large mouths and/or ventilation openings somewhere else on the can to let air into the can and avoid spilling fuel. The genuine jerrycans use the simple and elegant solution of the breather tube from the mouth to the air chamber and can use a mouth of reasonable size. Those copycans also feature screw-on caps that degrade the sealing gaskets (three of them) and cause leaking. The screw-on caps must also be threaded on very tightly to avoid leakage, making access to the liquid contained therein much more difficult. If there is a wrench available for your copycan, that's not a good sign.

German Army Jerrycans

Those copycans feature a single handle and don't have nearly the utility of the genuine, three-handle jerrycan. The designers of the original jerrycan put three handles on the can for a good reason. The need for three handles was understood many decades ago, but apparently there are still people around who haven't figured it out.

Tupperware Jerrycans

Those copycans are molded out of plastic and feature fake strengthening ribs on the sides to make you think you are getting a genuine jerrycan. The copycan shown above has "strengthening ribs" molded into the sides. Does it look as if those ribs actually do anything?

Wehrmacht Jerrycans

The need to secure jerrycans without their buckling under load was known many decades ago. Again, some people never figure it out.

Genuine NATO Jerrycan

Genuine jerrycans are made out of steel and feature functional strengthening ribs on the sides. They will not buckle when you strap them down. When purchasing your fuel containers, go only with genuine jerrycans and save the Tupperware for storing your leftovers.

Fake NATO Jerrycans

These copycans look legit at first glance, but they're not. Note how the handles are attached. The handles are tacked onto the bodies.

Wavian 20-Liter Blue NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3012) Wavian 20-Liter Red NATO Jerry Can With EPA/CARB Spout And Unleaded Adapter (3009)

The handles of legit jerrycans are welded on using a continuous weld. This was the original design, and it still remains the best. Few things are funnier than people who try to reinvent the wheel and make it oval.

Fake Jerrycans

This is another fake jerrycan. Note how the welded body seam is not recessed but rather protrudes beyond the outside edges of the body. This weld is susceptible to wear and damage and will leak. The protruding flanges will cut into whatever you set the can on (such as your vehicle's floor). The flanges will also cut into webbing that you use to secure the can during travel. The handles are also have kinked corners. Genuine jerrycans have radiused corners all around so that you don't cut your hands while handling them (they are heavy when full). Don't be a sucker and fall for stuff like this. Those copycans suck.

Wavian 20-Liter NATO Jerrycans

When you need to transport fuel, look nowhere else than the NATO Jerrycans. Try anything else and you are only going down.

When you need a way to transport water, take a close look at the Pro Quip Water Jerrycans. These 22-Liter Water Jerrycans are manufactured to the highest specifications by the same Australian factory that produces them for the military forces of Australia and NATO. This jerrycan is constructed from food-grade HDPE (high-density polyethylene) that is BPA-free. The HDPE is UV-stabilized for extended outdoor use and the opaque nature of the materials used inhibits bacterial growth within the jerrycan. The can will never rust and is about as bacteria- and mold-resistant as practicable. The can does not leak and is very strong. A removable petcock stores inside the cap to protect the petcock against damage and loss. The Pro Quip Water Jerrycans have shapes, dimensions, and features very close to those of the NATO Jerrycans and stack similarly.

ARB Double Jerry Can Holder ARB Double Jerry Can Holder

The ARB Double Jerry Can Holder is excellent for transporting your jerrycans, and the holder is compatible with both the Wavian Fuel Jerrycans and the Pro Quip Water Jerrycans.

ARB Double Jerry Can Holder

You can even mix and max the two jerrycan types in the ARB Holder, which is adjustable to prevent rattling.