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Scepter is a widely known and well respected plastic manufacturing company based in Toronto, Canada. Whether you know it or not, Scepter products have influenced or been a part of your day to day life. Their extensive product line runs the gammut from fuel tanks for auto manufacturers to plastic soda bottles and delivery containers to parts for military packaging and transportation solutions.

In the mid 80s, Scepter used its expertise of injection molded plastic technology to design a next generation, three-handled polyethylene Military Fuel Can (MFC). While this military fuel can was similar in design to the classic metal "jerry" can widely used by Western military forces, it proved itself to be a vast improvent over its metal predecessors. The can was quickly adopted by the Canadian military, changing their fuel can requirements from metal to plastic.

By the 90s, the Scepter MFC was adopted as the new standard of use by all branches of the U.S. Military. With the transition to the Scepter MFC, the U.S. Military is now able to transport jerry cans of fuel by air, an act that was considered too dangerous with the classic metal jerry cans.

Simply put, Scepter Military Fuel Cans are widely regarded as the best quality, safest jerry can on the market today. Since their creation, the Scepter MFC have quickly become the fuel container of choice for armed forces around the world, including NATO.




  Military Fuel Cans (MFCs)

Scepter 20l Petrol
Military fuel can

The Scepter Military Fuel Cans are simply the safest heavy-duty fuel can on the market today. These light weight MIL-spec fuel cans are designed to safely and securely transport auxiliary fuel. These cans meet DOT regulations as well as exceeding the United Nations Transportation of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, the only fuel can on the market to meet these strict guidelines.

Scepter Military Fuel Cans are made out of injection molded polyethylene. This plastic derivitive ensures that the can will never rust or dent.

Scepter Petrol fuel cans are available in four different colors, safety red, Blaze Orange, OD green and American Sand. Civilian use cans come with a high visibility red check strap for the lid, (red is the DOT color designation for petrol or gasoline) with the letter "P" embossed on it. This check strip provides easy fuel-type identification as well as DOT safety compliance.

Each can is clearly marked "fuel" on the side, so as not to be confused with the aesthetically similar water cans.


Scepter 20l Diesel
Military fuel can

The Scepter Military Fuel Cans cans are simply the safest heavy-duty fuel can on the market today. These light weight MIL-spec fuel cans are designed to safely and securely transport auxiliary fuel. These cans meet DOT regulations as well as exceeding the United Nations Transportation of Dangerous Goods Model Regulations, the only fuel can on the market to meet these strict guidelines.

Scepter Military Fuel Cans are made out of injection molded polyethylene. This plastic derivitive ensures that the can will never rust or dent.

Scepter Diesel Fuel Cans are available in two different colors, safety yellow and OD green. Civilian use cans come with a high visibility yellow check strap for the lid, (yellow is the DOT color designation for diesel fuel) with the letter "D" embossed on it. This check strip provides easy fuel-type identification as well as DOT safety compliance.

Each can is clearly marked "fuel" on the side, so as not to be confused with the aesthetically similar water cans.


Scepter 20l Military Water can

Scepter's Military Water Cans (MWC) are top quality, military-specification cans designed to preserve the quality of drinking water during storage and transportation. Each MWC has a capacity of 20 liters, or 5.28 gallons. The cans feature a single carrying handle, a self-locking cap, and a built-in vented pouring spout. These all-plastic cans will never rust. They are manufactured from food-grade materials with a chemical resistant liner. Scepter Water Cans won't add taste, odor or chemicals to the water.

All of the Scepter Military Water Cans have the same features, with the only variation being size and color. Scepter MWCs are available in blue, Desert Sand, American Sand, OD Green and black. MWC color selection is commonly made based upon usage conditions. For example, the low heat retention of the sand cans make them ideal for use in hot environments.


Scepter MFC High-Flow
Pour spout

There are a number of useful options for transferring fuel from your Scepter Military Fuel Can. Among the best that we've used is the High-Flow Pour Spout. It's design is both simple and effective.

The spout screws onto the top of the fuel can. Utilizing a rubberized o-ring similar to those found on waterproof cases such as Pelican and Storm cases, it creates a tight seal on the inner edge of the spout, preventing any leaks while pouring. The top of the screw on cap features a series of holes which allow the self venting tube on the can to operate, allowing a smooth "glug" free pour.

The one piece flexible tubing makes it easy to fit and pour into your vehicle's fuel tank. Meanwhile, its 19mm tube diameter allows for high volume fluid transfer, ensuring a quick and easy fuel transfer when on the trail.




About Scepter Military Fuel and water cans

With all of the extra weight and reduced aerodynamics, expedition-laden vehicles commonly experience reduced gas mileage. Between carrying the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of pounds of additional gear required for a vehicle-dependent expedition and the frequent use of wind dragging roof racks, tents and bull bars, it's not unusual for petrol powered vehicles to get single digit mileage, while diesel mileage can dip below 20 mpg. This loss of fuel efficiency dramatically cuts down on the cruising range of your vehicle.


Often times on expedition, fuel sources can be infrequent and unreliable. In some remote areas of the world it's not uncommon to go hundreds of miles between fuel stops. With the reduced fuel efficiency of an expedition vehicle, bringing supplemental fuel is an absolute necessity.

When planning for fuel consumption on a trip, a good guidline is to bring at least 30% more fuel than you will need to make it for the longest leg of your journey. This extra fuel provides a valuable margin of error in case you have higher than average fuel consumption, take a less direct route than originally anticipated, or your next fuel depot has bad quality fuel.

The last thing that you want to do is have to abandon your vehicle in the remote corners of a desert because it runs out of fuel.


The solution to this problem is to increase your fuel carrying capacity. This can be accomplished in one of two ways-the first is the fitment of an extended range fuel tank, such as those made by Long Ranger . These tanks are advantageous because the fuel sits low, typcially at chassis level, and it doesn't take up storage space. However, they have the disadvantage of being relatively expensive and in some applications difficult to source and install.The second solution is to equip your vehicle with ample fuel and water cans such as those made by Scepter.


Scepter Military Fuel Cans are lightweight, rust-proof, dent resistant and guaranteed to not leak, making them the ideal fuel can for overland use.

All Scepter MFCs feature three separate handles, each one capable of supporting the weight of a full jerry can. Each leak-proof, screw on cap is attached by a color keyed check strap. Diesel check straps are yellow, with a large "D" embossed on them. Petrol check straps are safety red with a large "P" embossed, while kerosene can straps are gray with a large "K" clearly embossed. These colors are in accordance with DOT regulations for transportation of flammable fluids.


One of the annoying characteristics of the classic style jerry cans is the "glug, glug" nature by which the fuel pours out of the can. Scepter's innovative solution to this was to make their military fuel cans self-venting when they are poured. At the 12 o'clock position of the fuel can, there is a venting hole connected to a tube which travels to the back of the can. This breather tube, allows the can pressure to equalize while it is being poured, helping to ensure a smooth pour from the fuel can to your fuel tank.


The Scepter Petrol Fuel Cans are commonly available in four colors: red, blaze orange, OD green and American Sand. Each variation is identical with regards to materials and construction. The only difference is color, with different colors appealing to different uses. For Military use, the OD green and American Sand cans are the preferred choice, due to their subtle color allowing them to stand out less during tactical use.

The Blaze Orange is typically preferred by Fire Response Teams for its high visibility. Likewise the bright red fuel can clearly indicates the fuel type contained within, a boon for on-the- highway safety and visibility.


The rectangular shape of the Scepter Military Fuel Cans allows them to be easily stacked and palletized. While it is highly unlikely that most consumers will be carrying a pallet load of jerry cans with them on an expdition, it allows for the mazimization of available storage space. This criteria can be a huge advantage, particularly on extended trips where space is at a premium.



The Scepter Military Water Cans (MWCs), differ somewhat from their fuel counterparts. The most visible difference is that of the shape of the Scepter MWC. Its dimensions are slightly larger (about 1/4" in each direction) than the MFC. In addition, instead of a triple handle jerry can, the Scepter water cans feature a single ergonomic sturdy handle which is more easily gripped when delicately pouring water. This single hand design also makes it easy to distinguish water cans from fuel cans in the dark.


The other major difference is that the Scepter Military Water Can features a screw on spout and vent tube on the large water can cap. Instead of having to take along a separate pour spout (which could get confused with the fuel spout), all you have to do is open the pour spout, and unscrew the vent and you're ready to dispense water from the water can.

The cap features a locking safety tab which prevents the cap from accidently loosening, an advantage on extended trips over rough roads.


The inside of the Scepter Military Water Can is coated with a food grade liner. This ensures that chemicals won't leak into your drinking water giving it a "plastic" taste like many other civilian water cans.

Furthermore, the fact that Scepter Water Cans are made from polyethylene means that they won't rust or corrode over time, unlike their metal counterparts.

Scepter Water Cans are available in a variety of different colors, each one designed for use in a specific environment.

The most common of these colors is the sky blue water can. Blue is generally considered the standard color for water cans in the civilian market, and its coloration makes it readily identifiable as such. The neutral color also does not absorb or retain much heat, making it ideal of use in warmer climates.


For military use, the two most common colors are sand and OD green. These muted colors make them much less visible at a distance, helping military vehicles and personnel to blend in with their surroundings. The sand color is designed to be used primarily in warmer climates such as the desert, where it will absorb and retain less heat, thus keeping drinking water at a cooler, more enjoyable temperature.

Conversely, the black water cans were designed specifically for use in the Arctic by the Canadian Military. In this extremely cold environment, the black absorbs the maximum amount of sunlight and heat, thereby helping to warm the water and stave off freezing.

In addition, all of these cans are available in a smaller, more convenient 10 liter size such as the sky blue can shown at left.


You may find some vendors websites claiming that these cans are inferior to the traditional metal jerry cans. The simple fact of the matter is that this is untrue. The suppositions are flawed and based upon misinformation.

The Scepter Military Fuel Cans are in fact so superior to the traditional metal jerry cans that the Canadian military, the U.S. Armed services and NATO abandoned the metal cans years ago and use only Scepter Fuel and Water Cans for their fuel transportation needs. The Scepter fuel can is quite simply, the safest most reliable fuel can available on the market today.

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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