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Scepter 5L Fuel Can $6.00 (Was $14.99) @ Repco

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Scepter 5L Fuel Can $6.00 @ Repco Was $14.99

I usually buy the 20L containers around $20 to get through until the next low fuel price cycle but this would suit lawn mowers or small appliances requiring fuel

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    it's also cheaper than buying a replacement spout
    they still seal without the spout so it's not a waste of a container
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    my whipper snipper asks for 1:50 oil petrol ratio. would it be OK to store that mixture in this container?

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    I live rural and have found that all the fuel can makers have different pros and cons with their product design - unless you want to end up paying top dollar this brand IMHO is as good as anything - very good buy at that price.

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    So I'm not the only one who stores fuel from the occasional 7-11 bargain :)

    • +3 votes

      Read a RACQ article about 1 in 10 people fill up fuel containers to last them to the next low price cycle :)

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        The savings over a year pay for my family's Christmas :)

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        Seems high to me, where did they get their data? Small sample size of only RACQ members who fill surveys about their fuel usage I guess?

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          I do and the guy above does it… so 1 in 10 is believable. Save money and stink out your garage or shed with petrol.

        • +1 vote

          I currently have 3 x 20 litre jerry cans of 7/11 petrol in my garage

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            @cute as ducks: Do you guys use a stabiliser to keep it for so long?

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              @fajman: i'm pretty sure everyone should first in first out… 3 months to use without stabiliser

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    Good Value

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    I have a similar style can and thought I'd share my review.
    Having the nozzle/spout stored in the inside of the unit itself makes it a tad bit annoying everytime you go to use it when there is fuel inside. You have to be careful not to get drips everywhere on the plus side unlike the 20l units that have the nozzle/spout on the exterior you can seal it up tight and put in straight into a vehicle without having the fume smell lingering around.

    • +8 votes

      Spout on the inside keeps it dust free and clean.

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        fuel filter inside the car takes care of the rest haha

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          charuzu I'm referring to bringing the can along with you in the boot. eg taking it camping or going to mow the lawn somewhere and you take the petrol with you.

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          Had to take mower & line trimmer for repairs due to either old fuel or corroded metal container. Neither would start after many tries.

          Maybe one day we'll have a smart fuel filter that spits out bad/incorrect fuel and prevent this problem :P

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            @payton: Hey Payton, after using electric cordless mower and whipper snipper I'm not ever going to bother with petrol

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              @DannyBoy: My neighbour has a cheapo cordless mower and trimmer, they never cared about their lawn and only trimmed their jungle before quarterly inspections.

              When they trim, all I hear is their cordless mower hitting the long grass, the engine grinding to a halt. They restart it, then it dies again (repeat for next 30 mins) :P They then gave up fixing the yard and left the remaining 50% as is.

              Its true that cordless models are getting up there with petrol in terms of power, and no fuel mixing required.

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                @payton: That's a pain. It's the opposite where I live, d**khead hero neighbour takes a whole day to cut, snipper and blower his maintained front. Noise is loud and he continually revs the tools

                I think he just need to be seen at the front, one of those guys

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                  @DannyBoy: Wait till you meet the weirdos who mowed on Christmas morning like 8am, or New Years Day.

                  Good lord, good lord good lordeh.

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                @payton: there's a technique in using an electric one? afaik you don't/can't cut right at the bottom anyway, you need to trim from the top and work your way down.

                back where actual metal blades are used in those mowers, i think it's the only time you can start cutting at the 'desired' height.

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                  @slowmo: Yep, have to start from highest setting the mower can be adjusted to, then go lower afterwards.

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        True but you only use the inner part of the spout and most people store them in garages, sheds etc so they won't have large amounts of contaminants anyways.

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      In my experience, if they are plastic, they are going to stink (I think fuel vapour gets between tiny 'pores' in the plastic). Sceptre are as good as plastic get, but my 20L always has a smell. To test the spout seals, stand on it. If any air goes out whatsoever, leave it behind.

      If it's going inside the vehicle, then get a metal version. Absolutely no smell.

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        yes, same here. Faint fumes coming out from the container when I move it from the garage to a closet in the house - temp was too hot in the garage since it gets full morning sun.
        Worked great tho, can't complain and getting another one.

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        Cheers for the advice tunazfun001 cool name btw

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    I've got a number of these in 5, 10 and 20 litres. The 20 litre containers i've had in the bow of my ally boat offshore getting bashed around for a few thousand hours and not a drop spilled. I've also carted them in my trailer for trail bikes, in the 4wd for chainsaws, the ride on etc.

    I've also left them in the sun and they will blow up hard as a rock meaning no leaks not even vapor. They are great containers.

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    Yes! Perfect container to stock up for coronavirus 🤣

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      groan don't give the paranoid sheep ideas lol

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        Sheep? Quick everyone stock up on sheep!

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    Something you won't need until you need it. I was pushing my luck due to laziness to fillup and the car stalled just about to park, and had to buy one of these from a servo for $24… sigh…

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    Thanks Op ordered one, the old fuel can is getting a bit rusty.

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      nice. i bought one in store there were heaps left

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    question: how long does fuel last before it goes "off"

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      3 months if stored in a good area but I usually use it within a month

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      Higher octanes breakdown faster.
      Buy some stabil and manhood for a year.

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        is true

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        Somehow 'it will' turned into 'manhood' on my phone.

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    Have the ones with a secondary/smaller opposing 'screw cap' gone out of style?
    I found this very helpful when one is able to pour fast (as a pressure vacuum isn't created).

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      they still got them but just not this one

      I personally use a jiggle siphon. no mess.

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      That's not required. The air breather is in the spout.
      It tells you which way to have the spout up. (At least mine does)
      It'll become obvious once you bought it.

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        hmmm. you've got me with that… so there is a sort of vent or venting that allows for air transfer at the spout on certain versions of these things?
        Can't say I've ever seen this. I'd imagine you'd have to get the balance just right when pouring… the right angle vs amount of fuel within…

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            @Poor Ass: Very interesting. I really appreciate that charu'.
            Upvoted you again! So… just a matter of getting the right angle then yes?
            In my case I might be filling a tank at a higher/raised level one day, then at a low lever the next… thus my added interest regarding the matter.
            I've got a fuel tank that only has the one vent and it really doesn't impress me when I have to hold above shoulder level at times!
            A faster fill would be very helpful.

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              @Chris Farley: air hole up and liquid hole down 45degree fill otherwise if you do it too quick it goes glug glug glug once you get to the end just pour the rest in

              but using this is highly recommended https://www.bunnings.com.au/sandleford-1-5m-plastic-siphon-j... is effortless… fuel can just needs to be higher than the fuel tank

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                @Poor Ass: You are a veritable wealth of knowledge char'!
                I have seen and siphoned before but wasn't aware of the bearing type.
                Will definitely keep in mind for future operations.
                Any advice on stocks and bonds…? :O)
                Here's another upvote chum.

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              @Chris Farley: If you want it to pour fast, cut the breather hose and it will change it from smaller then a drinking straw to more like a garden hose.

              Then you can trim the spout back, further you trim back the bigger the opening.

              https://i.imgur.com/Z6YwJ3I.png (Thanks @charuzu for the pic) :)

              I done this on my 20 litre boat container, when refueling offshore especially in big seas with the filler on the gunwale you dont wait to take ages.

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    This is exactly what I use for my lawnmower…. I've had a couple of years and never noticed a smell… I will admit that I didn't quite pay attention though.

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    The nice thing about the smaller containers is that moving a ~5kg full fuel can around is quite a bit easier than the ~20kg one..

    I rarely use the 20L one I have because any savings to be made are negated by the inconvenience of actually handling it, pouring out fuel etc.

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        For that jiggler to work, the jerry can still need to sit higher than the car fuel inlet, so you still need to lift that 20L jerry can and find a higher ground for it to sit before you can use the jiggler.

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          Correct. I use a ladder. Easy.

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            @Poor Ass: Unfortunately, not everyone carry a ladder in their car :/

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              @edfoo: lol I wouldn't be carrying around 20L of anything.. would be more for home use

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                @Poor Ass: Hey char'… you wouldn't believe it. After all of your appreciated suggestions I had to use my good old 5 ltd tank earlier this afternoon…
                SEEMS IT HAS THE EXTRA AIR NOZZLE ON IT!!! OMG… I feel a bit dumb, I'd never noticed it before… it is black and somewhat 'insignificant' so doesn't stand out.
                As a result I'll forgive myself, but when pouring I can see now that it really is beneficial where flow rate is concerned. Have a great weekend chum. ;O)
                Here's another upvote for you…

                Regards.
                Chris.

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                @Poor Ass: Believe it or not, many of us 4WD do carry 20L diesel jerry can(s) with our vehicles.

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                  @edfoo: Yes I do believe. And if you use it often, then you would have mounts setup already + jiggle siphon

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    Gonna grab 2 of these from Repco Mascot Thanks OP!!!

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      Got 2 from St Peters store last Sunday.