This is one of many gems we'll be pulling over from the old forum.
Benny Benson: Awhile ago I stumbled upon a youtube video about camping gear reviews. The guy, I can’t remember his name, had these little clips about reviews on cheap camping gear and other cool little cheap gadgets. I felt a little inspired and figured I’d try my hand at some more “overlandy” cheap gear. I got a couple of gift cards for xmas and decided to hit up ebay.
After wading through endless amounts of cheap gear to buy, I settled on a set of Zeny 5 gal. oil drums. Really just a Chinese version of a Nato Jerry can. Today they finally showed up. I paid $75 for 2 cans with 2 spouts and 2 mounting racks. Initial living room impression is Eh, they are ok. The paint is pretty cheap as there are already spots rubbed off just from sitting in the boxes.
Both cans have dents in the same places that seem to have been there before painting.
The welds along the seams look pretty crappy but seem to be holding. I have one filled with water and its not leaking at all. The gaskets don’t leak when the can is laid on it’s side.
I do not plan to store fuel in these for long periods in the shop. Mainly just to just fill up to take on longer trips to be used. The carriers seem a little better made than the cans and hold the cans pretty tight. Another bonus is they will fit my Scepter cans but need a little tab to be removed to use the locking strap. The spouts that came with them are junk. They don’t have the vent tube like the true Nato cans just a hole punched into the nozzle. I’m sure if you pour to fast it’ll leak out. I don’t plan to use the nozzles as I have a super siphon.
I’m not expecting much from these cans, just wanted to see how they stack up. I think we should get a thread started about cheap gear reviews going. Hit up ebay, Amazon whatever for that stuff and post up.