PLASTIC vs STEEL gas can


 scepter fuel canister

Scepter Plastic NATO jerry can compared to steel jerry cans:

There are several major differences in the construction and performance of steel jerry can compared to plastic jerry can. Here is a quick comparison of the characteristics of steel and plastic jerry cans:

* Steel jerry cans are heavy.

Steel = 4.3kg empty, plastic = 2.3kg empty.

* Steel jerry cans dent.

If the can falls, is thrown, or is struck, its structural integrity will be compromised. Plastic jerry cans will not.

* Overtime, steel jerry cans will rust.

Water vapor will develop in the can and eventually corrode the can from the inside, contaminating and compromising the fuel supply. This rust can be transferred into the fuel tank of a vehicle, clogging the fuel lines and/or engine. If the jerry can is dented, it is more likely to rust faster and at the point of the dent.

* An older steel jerry can can split along the welds.

Plastic jerry cans do not have any welds as they are moulded in one continuous moulding process.

* In warm climates pressure builds in all fuel jerry cans.

A plastic jerry can will swell, indicating that pressure has built. Such swelling is noticeable and can be released by opening the cap. A steel jerry can will not swell if pressure is building. Mitigation is difficult if unknown. If struck by a tracer bullet, IED fragment, or similar, there will be a spark, flames, and explosion. Scepter’s plastic jerry can will burn by adding fuel/energy to the fire, but it will not result a catastrophic explosion. If the steel fuel jerry can explodes, as a result there will be a significant dispersal of shrapnel. Plastic will not provide shrapnel or such catastrophic outcomes.

* Scepter’s NATO jerry cans can be equipped with a coloured strap

Which indicates the contents of the jerry can – diesel, gasoline, kerosene, waste, or two-stroke fuel (gas/oil mix). This avoids mixing of fuels mistakenly.

Also good to know:

Scepter NATO jerry can accepts pour spouts (see MFC Accessories). 
Scepter NATO jerry can fits standard pattern vehicle brackets for liquid storage containers. 
Scepter NATO jerry can air-vent tube in neck keeps pouring smooth.
Scepter NATO jerry can inside threads accept adapters for stoves and heaters. 
Scepter NATO jerry can has an air chamber at the top, the fuel can will float.


Scepter manufactures a wide variety of moulded plastic products for both military and civilian applications. We're committed to designing, engineering, and manufacturing high quality containers for safe transport and storage of large caliber ammunition and military specification portable fuel and water canisters and their accessories.

The plastic Military Fuel Canister (MFC) made by Scepter is the 'final' fuel supply link in the field. Scepter's MFCs are U.N. Certified. They've proven themselves for ruggedness and durability in military and non-military applications. The Scepter MFC is qualified and registered under the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Its recommendations on package testing are adopted by Governmental and modal regulatory authorities around the globe in accordance with standard UN resolutions. The modern innovative plastic construction enhances soldier survivability by preventing fatal explosion risk when the fuel canisters are hit with shrapnel or projectiles.

Like fuel, a potable water supply to the soldier in the field is an essential link in the supply chain. Scepter's Military Water Canister (MWCs) is made to military specifications with dimensions similar to the MFC. The performance, look, feel, size, and colour of the MWCs complement the MFCs and have been a key reason for adoption of both systems by global users.

Various accessories like spouts, adapters, funnels and oil drain pans supplement Scepter's Fuel and Water canisters. Made from uniquely engineered resin, Scepter's military products withstand the test of time, in the harshest conditions. Scepter also manufactures Naphtha canisters for military applications.