This 20-liter Petrol and Petrol Jerrycans holds 5.3 US gallons of fuel and are legal for sale in all states. A CARB-compliant spout is included with each can.
The CARB-Compliant Petrol Jerrycan is red in color to meet DOT regulations for gasoline containers, and the side of the can is appropriately marked. Federal law requires that all portable fuel containers manufactured after 2009 must have childproof lids, and this can does. The plastic cap features a serrated side that acts against a small welded tab on the jerrycan body, making this jerrycan "childproof" in the eyes of the law and thus legal.
The CARB-Compliant Diesel Jerrycan is yellow in color to meet DOT regulations for diesel containers. The post-ban diesel jerrycans are date-coded to show that they were manufactured after the December 31, 2008 cut-off date.
Unlike the standard Jerrycans, the CARB-Compliant Jerrycans feature a threaded mouth,
and are sealed closed by a threaded cap. Federal law requires that all portable fuel containers manufactured after 2009 must have childproof lids, and these cans do. The plastic cap features a serrated side that acts against a small welded tab on the jerrycan body, making this jerrycan "childproof" in the eyes of the law and thus legal for sale.
Each CARB-Compliant Jerrycan comes standard with a CARB-Compliant Spout.
The CARB-Compliant Spout stores within the jerrycan during storage or transport. To deploy the spout, unthread the cap and reverse the spout.
The CARB-Compliant Spout is a spill-proof system that will not let gasoline pour from the spout if the Jerrycan tips over. The CARB-Compliant Spout features a self-sealing mechanism that the user can override when pouring from the spout.
The Spout features a breather tube to prevent gurgling while pouring.
While this system does not work as well as the original Wehrmacht Jerrycan, described in more detail below, it is a workable and legal system that is still available to you.
All of the preban Wedco Jerrycans and Petrol Pouring Spouts are now gone. There will be no more. However, you can keep your preban jerrycans operable by replacing the gasket. (Usually the only item that wears on a Wehrmacht Jerrycan is the gasket.)
These gaskets are identical to the ones that were fitted to the preban Wedco Jerrycans and are a drop-in replacement for worn gaskets on older Jerrycans. Shown above is an old gasket with five replacement gaskets above it.
On the left is a new replacement gasket. On the right is an old gasket from a Wedco Jerrycan. The two gaskets are identical.
Replacing an old gasket is very easy. Just pull the old gasket using a small pick or screwdriver. Then fit the replacement gasket. That's it.
All of our jerrycans are brand new and are not repainted surplus cans.
The jerrycans are color coded to comply with DOT regulations. The blue Water Jerrycan features a food-grade lining and gasket to ensure that liquids stored therein remain potable and fresh tasting. We believe that our jerrycans are the finest available.
All of our jerrycans are DOT approved (and are so marked on the sides of the cans) for transportation of the liquid for which the cans are color coded. Blue designates water, red designates gasoline, and yellow designates diesel fuel. Carrying one type of liquid in a jerrycan that is not properly marked (such as storing gasoline in a green can) is in violation of DOT regulations as well as being dangerous, for different types of liquids are easily mixed when stored in this fashion. Color coding the cans gives conspicuous and unequivocal notice of the cans' contents to users as well as onlookers.
Each Jerrycan's capacity is clearly marked on the side of the can.
The Spouts for the Water and Petrol Jerrycans come with mounting pieces that permit convenient storage of the Spout directly on the Jerrycans. Mounting the Spouts onto your Jerrycans is very simple.
All of the non-CARB Jerrycans we sell are the locking "V" type, with a locking pin that must be slid to the side to open the cap.
Fitment of the locking pin prevents accidental opening of the cap. This decades-old and proven design is now at an end, as federal law requires that all portable fuel containers manufactured after 2008 must have childproof lids.
To open the cap, pull the locking pin to the side,
lift up on the cap's locking cam,
and then open the cap.
The steel container we know today as the "jerrycan" has a long and colorful history. The jerrycan was invented for military use, and it is still used by most of the world's military forces because of the brilliance of its design. Today, the jerrycan is just as well known for its civilian and recreational uses.
The jerrycan is a German invention born out of German efforts to end the constant 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 and smokeless rifle, as well as the widespread use of the new Maxim machinegun and breechloading artillery. 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 heavily defended, they still had to be attacked on foot and without the support of mechanized vehicles. The trenches were thus very easily defended against foot attack and 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 the battlefields, all for what appeared to be an endless stalemate.
By the time of the German 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's defenses.
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.
Aircraft became developed enough that they could be used to attack ground targets. Luftwaffe (German Air Force) Stuka dive bombers rained bombs on enemy front-line and rear 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 German panzer (armor) and infantry units that were happening simultaneously.
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.
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 surrender or destruction.
Early in the War, the Germans made their infantry attacks even more effective by dropping 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 panzer and grenadier units.
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 the 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 resistance became futile. 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.
The German theorists were correct. Blitzkrieg was frighteningly effective. Polish forces were no match for the superbly coordinated German attack. Poland fell easily.
So did France, the country with the largest army in all of Europe. 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. Parisians watched in horror as Wehrmacht forces paraded through the streets of Paris.
The effects of the Germans' utilization of Blitzkrieg were devastating. The Germans were 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.
One major weakness of Blitzkrieg was that the combat units moved a little too quickly. 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. 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 thousands upon thousands of jerrycans already in their inventory and ready for the forthcoming Blitzkrieg across Europe.
The Germans, however, had done more than simply stockpile thousands of fuel containers. In a manner typical of brilliant Teutonic engineering, the Germans 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. Among the jerrycan's ingenious features are the following:
The jerrycan has flat sides so that it can be stacked and stored efficiently with minimal wasted airspace between the cans.
The sides of the jerrycan 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.
The jerrycan is constructed with the halves welded together in a single seam. Allied fuel cans of the time were constructed with the seams rolled, which resulted in leaking at the seams. The single welded seam of the jerrycan is leakproof.
The 20- and 10-liter Jerrycans feature three handles at the top, a very thoughtful design to those who use and appreciate fine equipment. Why not just one handle? Three handles make the jerrycan much easier to handle. 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.
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.
The five-liter Petrol Jerrycan features a single handle.
This single handle provides a comfortable and secure means of carrying the very small five-liter can.
The five-liter can also shares the same mouth as the larger Petrol Jerrycans, and accepts the same Pouring Spout.
The 20- and 10-liter jerrycans feature air chamber that sits above the height of the can's spout. Thus, the jerrycan cannot be overfilled unless the user specifically so desires and tilts the can while filling. The air chamber was designed so that it would house enough air that a jerrycan full of fuel will float if inadvertently dropped into water.
Note also that the spout does not extend above the topline of the carrying handles. 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.
The jerrycan's spout is unique in that its camming action forms an airtight seal but yet can be opened easily without using tools.
Furthermore, no damage is done to the rubber seal as the can is repeatedly opened and closed. In contrast, cans with threaded spouts are more difficult to open and close tightly and generally damage the rubber seals as they are rotated while threading on the spout. The camming action on the genuine jerrycan's lid 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.
The spout's lid also can be locked in the open position so as not to interfere with pouring. In the above photo, the finger is pressing firmly against the spout's cap, and yet the cap does not close
unless the user lifts the cap away from its locking position before attempting to close the cap. When pouring from the spout, the user need not hold the cap open and can use both hands toward supporting the heavy weight of a full jerrycan and pouring its contents without spillage.
When fitted with a separate Pouring Spout, the cap does not close onto the separate pouring spout when pouring liquids from the jerrycan.
Pouring Spouts are available for the Water Jerrycan and both of the Petrol Jerrycans.
The Pouring Spouts conveniently clip to the Jerrycans for convenient storage of the Pouring Spouts. This way, the Pouring Spouts do not become separated from the Jerrycans. Other copycat jerrycan designs feature spouts that do not attach to the cans and are thus easily misplaced.
Each jerrycan also has design features on the inside that are not conspicuously visible to users. An air tube spans the distance from the mouth of the spout to the interior of the air chamber area at the top of the can. Thus, liquids pour smoothly from the mouth of the jerrycan without gurgling.
The entire interior of the Petrol Jerrycans and Diesel Jerrycans is lined with a material that is impervious to degradation from exposure to fuels like gasoline and diesel fuel. The Water Jerrycan is lined with food-grade linings and food-grade gaskets so as to keep any liquid stored therein potable and fresh tasting.
The design of the jerrycan was considered a major element of the success of the Blitzkrieg movement across Europe, and the can's design features were 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 the cans would fall into Allied hands. The Germans' fears were not unwarranted. The Allies used the jerrycan whenever they could capture them. This British Army Special Air Service Jeep in North Africa holds an eclectic mix of several jerrycans as well as the inferior American copy of the jerrycan. 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 copy, it was only natural that the Allies would use the jerrycan whenever they could capture specimens.
Fifty years later in the First Gulf War, the same British 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 used in the Second World War. The Land Rover 110 replaced the Jeep. Battle carbines like the M16 replaced the Enfield SMLE battle rifle and the STEN machine pistol. The Fabrique Nationale MAG 58 general-purpose machinegun replaced the Vickers, Lewis, and BREN machineguns. The MILAN wire-guided missile replaced the PIAT. 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.
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.
The design of the jerrycan is, without exaggeration, quite brilliant. The soundness of the jerrycan's design is such that the can is still used today, in its original form, by the various military forces throughout the world to house the fuel for their still-thirsty vehicles. The jerrycan remains the standard portable fuel container for all NATO forces and most non-NATO forces as well. These Swiss Army troops refuel their jerrycans at a military fuel depot.
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 superb equipment is the jerrycan, still serving the German army for 70 years.
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. No plastic jerrycans need apply for use by these special operations forces.
Jerrycans are serving alongside Coalition Forces in the Iraq War. 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.
Australian Light Armoured Vehicle troop commander, Lieutenant Justin Back, scans a Baghdad street for possible threats. The Australian LAV is fitted with a jerrycan to contain auxiliary fuel. The Jerrycan is in almost universal use by the world's armed forces.
Happily, we recreational fourhweelers know the jerrycan today by its recreational uses more than by its military uses. Like the trench coat, wristwatch, belt, and pocketknife, the jerrycan is a military innovation that has found wide acceptance in civilian life. If you require containers to hold your precious fuel and water, you can do no better than the jerrycan. Armies have tried to improve upon the jerrycan for the past 70 years and they have not been successful.
These plastic jerrycans have leaked and spilled all over the vehicle. The Wedco Jerrycans do not leak.
Beware of copycat jerrycan designs. Most lack the design virtues that give the jerrycans their supreme utility. For example, many copycat jerrycans feature a single handle. These cans do not 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. Also, most copycat jerrycans lack the air tube that spans the distance from the pouring mouth to the air chamber, and thus gurgle and spill when pouring. These cans invariably rely on very large mouths and/or ventilation openings somewhere else on the can to let air into the can and avoid spilling copious amounts of liquid. The genuine jerrycans use the simple and elegant solution of the air tube from the mouth to the air chamber and can use a mouth of reasonable size. Most copycat jerrycans also feature screw-on caps that degrade the sealing gaskets on the lids and cause leaking. These screw-on caps must also be threaded on very tightly to avoid leakage, making access to the liquid contained therein much more difficult.
Furthermore, most of the copycat jerrycans are molded out of plastic and feature fake strengthening ribs on the sides to make you think you are getting a genuine jerrycan. The can shown above has "strengthening ribs" molded into the sides. Does it look as if those ribs actually do anything?
The genuine jerrycans are made out of steel and feature functional strengthening ribs on the sides. When purchasing your fuel containers, go only with the genuine jerrycans and save the Tupperware for storing your leftovers.
Professionals like Bill Burke who must rely on their equipment day in and day out use only the genuine Jerrycans.
Jerrycans are used by more than fourwheelers. Here, Cyril Despres of the Gauloises-KTM squad refuels his body and his KTM 660 Rally Bike during the 2004 Dakar Rally. Despres uses the Jerrycan of course. Photo by G. Soldano.
After refueling, Despres hits the dirt. Photo by H. Peuker.
If you venture to very arid environments like the Black Rock Desert, then you will definitely need potable water to make your trip safe and enjoyable. We spent three days in the Black Rock Desert and the extra five gallons of water was very much appreciated by all, both for drinking as well as cleaning up after driving in the very dusty conditions.