You’re cruising down the highway on a cross-country road trip and your engine sputters. You haven’t looked at the fuel gauge in the last hour or two and gas stations are scarce. Or maybe you miscalculated
You’re cruising down the highway on a cross-country road trip and your engine sputters. You haven’t looked at the fuel gauge in the last hour or two and gas stations are scarce. Or maybe you miscalculated how much fuel you’d need to traverse uneven terrain deep in the backcountry. You pull to the side of the freeway—or the dirt track—and nurse fumes until you make it to the nearest exit or shady coverage. This would be the right occasion to have a gas can stashed in the truck or cargo bay. You do have a gas can in the back, right?
If you own or operate any gas-powered machinery, a gas can is a critical piece of equipment for continued operation anywhere not immediately adjacent a gas pump. Gas cans can also be used to run generators during power outages or in the event of a natural disaster. Because a gas canister is a universal tool that can be used in myriad situations, it’s a worthwhile investment for your home garage or vehicle (or motorcycle).
Before purchasing a gas canister, evaluate the specific needs it will serve, which will help inform what type you’ll need. They come in different sizes (1 or 5 gallons), shapes (tall or short) and materials (plastic or metal). Once these distinctions are made, it will be easier to shop for the gas can that will best serve your specific needs.
To find the best gas cans, we reviewed the most widely available and evaluated them based on size, specialty application, quality of material and usability. All cans were highly rated for safety. Additionally, it is crucial to evaluate the gas can for its safety features. A new bill passed in 2020 requires new gas canisters to include flame mitigation devices to help manage the risk of fire and explosion.