As most of you know, we aren't hooked up to the power grid, choosing instead to make our own electricity. We have lived "off-grid" for 14 years and have learned a few things along the way. Part of our electrical contingency plan is a hefty supply of fuel for our generator. There are days, particularly in the dead of winter, when the solar panels just do not keep up with our meager electrical usage. Frequently, we need to run the generator to do laundry and pump water. Knowing our dependence on our generators, we fill and rotate our large stock of gas cans, most of which are the old, military "jerry cans". We really depend upon our stored fuel, especially when the snow prevents us from making it out of our driveway. Every week or two I top off our fuel cans so that we always have plenty on hand.
Although we have mostly jerry cans, I have grown to despise them. Oh, not the cans, mind you, but the spout! We have tried every spout we could get our hands on and they have all been junk! They leak like sieves, come flying off at the drop of a hat and, because there is no relief valve, they pour in fits. Every time I add gas to the generators I end up reeking of gasoline and the generator itself drips with spilled fuel. I hate the smell, not to mention the waste. So finally, after dumping gas on myself for the last time, I decided that I would have to find a better spout - either that or come up with a better fuel storage solution!
I spent the better part of an afternoon reading forums, shopping Google and looking in every conceivable internet nook and cranny, searching for a decent pour spout, until, finally, I found something that looked promising. The EZ-POUR spout is a replacement spout for nearly any fuel or water container. It comes with gaskets and caps and a replacement cap for the vent. It looked interesting but it didn't look like it would fit the jerry can. Then I found a tab that said "Replacement Parts & Adapters" and low and behold, Jerry Can Adapter was on the bottom of the list! I was so excited!
I ordered the adapter ($5.98) and the EZ-POUR Spout (the regular spout is $10.95 - although I ordered the Hi-Flo spout for $13.95) and waited impatiently for them to arrive. Shipping was quick and the spout and adapter arrived within 3 days. I could hardly wait to try it out! The jerry can adapter is hefty, not at all whimpy and cheap feeling, and it comes with two gaskets - 1 for sealing the can completely (for transport) and another that is designed to allow the original jerry can relief valve to work so that fuel flows freely from the spout.
|The jerry can adapter|
|The EZ-POUR spout with extension|
By the way, these spouts aren't just for jerry cans. Apparently, they were designed as a replacement spout for just about any fuel or water can. Look at the website to determine if the spouts would work for you. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Until next time,