When selecting for your next jerry jug, here are some helpful things to keep in mind:
Think about your boat's design and where the fuel fill is. The railing on our boat made using some jugs much more difficult than others. If there are any obstacles around your deck-fill, look for a jug with a design that will maneuver around them easily.
The jerry jugs we tested all feature maximum fill level lines and graduated volume marks. Some also provided extra capacity for additives. These helpful additions make things easier for those who premix their fuel.
Some jerry jugs also have child-safety features and locks, many of which were cumbersome to use and when not used properly could result in more spills. Make sure you understand these features before making your purchase.
Most of our CARB jugs took more than three minutes to empty and the flow was uneven, which caused some splashing. Look for an extra handhold on the side to help in balancing the jug and insure a steadier flow.
Since speed should not be the goal, we suggest looking for a gas container that is comfortable to carry, hold and balance. The problem of spilling fuel may not be completely eliminated, but, when compared to the traditional jerry jug design the new jugs are a vast improvement.
Ultimately, if you go slow, pour deliberately, and use and absorbent pad, most spills can be avoided, or at least captured before it can reach our precious waters.
Safety Tip: Never fill a fuel container in the trunk of your car or on a truck bed – always place it on the ground to create an electrical conductor prevent sparks from static!