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Pour and store

pour and store fuel container review comparison

I like to mix our 2 cycle fuel in this small 1 gallon container on the right.

The cap is a plastic switch. You push pour to open and store to close it.

I was a bit dubious of the design when we first got it, but after a few years of field use I'm ready to conclude I prefer the pour and store type because it makes it impossible to lose that yellow plastic cap. It's also nice to know you've got exactly one gallon when adding the oil.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Mark, I detest those things! Try pouring a five gallon'er in to the tractor, glurp,glurp,glurp! Takes forever. I far prefer the fiver on the left, or better yet, take the cap/spout all the way off and use a funnel. I understand the EPA wanted to meter the amount of vapors going in to the atmosphere, but am I really harming the environment with my few five gallon cans?

I do however use individual gallon jugs for my small engine mixes, one for the stuff that takes 50:1 and one for the older stuff that I use 32:1 in. I use a paint pen to label them as it doesn't come off like marker will.

Comment by Eric Mon May 26 18:49:00 2014
sadly after some years of use the one i have left is not really closing all that well. I had the 5 gallon version too. I was looking for replacement switch caps a couple of months ago and found that the only ones in the market are those stupid all in ones type of c(r)ap, where the spout IS the cap. Virtually guaranteed that you will get gas on your hands when assemblimng it to use it every time. Now instead of the minimal amount of gases being released, I oughta worry about getting cancer due to the increased frequency of contact with gasoline. Gotta hand it to a certain state out west that comes up with these ideas: Their heart is in the right place but their solutions lack user friendliness at best, ineffective at worst, and guaranteed to cost you more. But, what does a bunch of southeners know about anything anyway?
Comment by pedro Tue May 27 09:41:57 2014
The jug on the right can be fixed with a pair of pliers and a tire valve stem.
Comment by BL Wed May 28 05:59:11 2014

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