Gas Can Nozzles Suck:
Ancient gas can nozzles use to pour freely and had an internal piece of screen that acted as a flame arrestor. Those old designs are long gone. Original nozzles seen on early versions of the ubiquous red plastic gas cans flowed freely, but were prone to make a mess, and were also prone to allow a spark or flame travel up into a pouring can and cause an explosion. New style gas can nozzles are designed to be child proof and to limit spilling, however they are a pain in the ass to use, the complicated mechanism causes more spillage than it saves, and the new designs have done nothing to make the cans safe from internal ignition. The situation is so bad that Blitz, the company that enjoyed the market share of gas can sales, has been sued out of existence by burn victims, and the companies that have stepped in to fill the gas can void make an even crappier product. Before you give up hope of ever having a pleasant gasoline pouring experience and put a gun in your mouth, there is hope.
Old Style Gas Can Nozzles Are Dangerous!:
While older style plastic gas can nozzles were easy to use, they have been blamed for numerous gas can explosions that have killed and seriously injured a number of users. If there is a static discharge while the fuel is poured, or if fuel is accidentally spilled on a hot muffler or hot engine part during refueling and ignited, the flames can travel up through the nozzle and into the gas can. If the fuel level in the can is low (so that the contents of the can is mostly fumes) then the fumes can ignite and the gas can will explode. The flame arrestor (shown right) is simply a piece of screen that allows fuel to flow through, but won’t let a flame travel back up into the fuel can.
New Style Gas Can Nozzles Suck!:
The new style gas can nozzles are designed to meet the requirements of certain state laws that require gas cans to be child proof, and that they have some type of spill-proofing mechanism. There are several different designs on the market that meet the requirements, and they are all horrible. They don’t easily fit in some vehicle fuel ports, the mechanism makes it difficult to get the fuel flowing, and without a vent the fuel doesn’t flow out very well.
EZ-Pour Gas Can Nozzles:
- Fuel simply and easily flows out without using any over-engineered anti-spill devices.
- Equipped with a flame arrestor.
- End cap screws securely to the end of the nozzle rather than simply push on.
- The kit includes a vent so that fuel flows out easy and evenly.
- The kit can be ordered online at the EZ-Pour link above, or at many retail stores, included Tractor Supply Store (Home Depot and Lowe’s do not carry them).