Steel or Plastic? – What kind of Fuel Can Do I need?

When it comes to buying the right fuel can (or Jerry Can) the options can be a bit confusing and there are a number of factors to consider before decide to part with your money.

Here at we specialise in selling the highest quality steel fuel cans you can buy in a variety of sizes and variations. We always recommend these cans to our customers as a matter of fact.

But there are occasions when a plastic fuel container or Jerry Can may suit your needs perfectly well. In order to work out which type of fuel can is best for you, have a look at the information below

Steel Fuel Cans
Steel Fuel Cans

Will you be keeping the can in your car?

A Plastic Container can emit fumes through the plastic lining of the can (this is called diurnal emissions) and can be more noticeable in warmer weather. This is something to consider if you are keeping your fuel can in the car at all times.

Our Steel Fuel cans eliminate diurnal emissions completely so are very suitable for leaving in the boot of your car.

Do you need to take the container abroad?

There is currently no clear legal guidelines regarding taking fuel cans abroad, but ferry companies may restrict you on the type of can you can take. They also all have different rulings regarding the amount of fuel you can take onboard.

Click here for our information on how much fuel you can take abroad >

What is the capacity of the tank you will be filling?

If you are filling up a small chainsaw or lawnmower you could find it much more practical to use a 5 litre jerry can. Depending on your strength, a full 20 litre fuel can also be heavy to lift.
We recommend purchasing a flexible pouring spout to avoid spillage and to make refuelling much easier.

Plastic Fuel Cans
Plastic Fuel Cans

Plastic fuel cans are cheaper than steel ones. So if price is a big factor for you a plastic container may be the best option.

All our plastic fuel containers are made of high grade polypropylene and we sell many thousands of 5, 10 and 20 a year without any problems or returns.

What will you be using the Petrol Container / Jerry Can for?

Our regular steel fuel cans are not recommended to use for the storing of water as water can actually cause the breakdown of the special interior Rezol enamel lining.
Some people use our stainless steel cans for storing water (especially on boats) or for a cheaper, but very practical alternative have a look at our of our nato approved plastic water containers, these are ideal and are used by everyone from military organisations to aid agencies to caravaners.

There is also mixed guidelines when it comes to what is the law redarding filling up fuel cans at petrol stations, many use their own guidelines. Click here to view “Are Fuel Cans Legal? What is the law on Jerry Cans?”

Whatever your requirements we have a petrol container to suit you, if you need further assistance, please feel free to give us a call on 01508 493 647 or email and we will be happy to help.

4 thoughts on “Steel or Plastic? – What kind of Fuel Can Do I need?

    • says:

      Hi Eren,
      Thanks for the message. Any can with a Rezol lining is for fuel only. We had someone who used them to bring wine back from France, but it is not definitely recommended as water breaks down the lining in the can.

  1. Michael says:

    I would be very grateful if you could help me please. Do you have, or can you recommend, a plastic can up to about 25 litres, to act as an open pressure relief container for a solar system. The fluid is a 50/50 ‘non’ toxic antifreeze and water mix with temperatures usually at 70°C but maybe occasionally up to 100°C. Thank you in advance for any help that you can give me. Michael

    • says:

      Hi Michael,
      Thanks for the enquiry. To be honest, unfortunately I don’t think any of our HDPE plastic containers could be guaranteed to stand 100°C. Feel free to get in touch if you have any other questions.

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