Jolly Tank Fuel Container
When I first got these Jolly Tanks, I thought they would work really well for prepping, bug out bags, backpacking, personal survival kits, etc for storing water. I also knew the manufacture said they could be used to hold fuel as well, but I was very skeptical of how well they would be at holding fuel. Yesterday, I went out to a local gas station and put the Jolly Tank to the test .
Reason 1: Jolly Tanks are super easy to fill
To fill the Jolly Tank with fuel just get the gas nozzle (or siphon hose – in a SHTF situation) ready to go. Then set the Jolly Tank on the ground and put the nozzle into the Jolly Tank spout. Hold the nozzle into the Jolly Tank spout with one hand and pump the gas with the other. It really couldn’t be easier. Then when it was full, I could just take the closure key that comes with it and close it up and it’s ready to be carried where ever you need to go. But for my test, I wanted to go ahead and put it in the gas tank. I was surprised again. I worried that it would be difficult to get the Jolly Tank into the gas tank fill tube. Especially with the little automatically closing backfill flap in the way. But all you have to do is roll the Jolly Tank spout length ways and push it down into the fill tube. Then once it is in there, just squeeze the gas out into the tank. The Jolly Tank spout is long enough so that it will say down in the tube while you are squeezing the gas into your tank. It worked very well.
Reason 2: Jolly Tanks can be filled and emptied with fuel with no mess!
I am a messy guy. I am always spilling things, and getting crap all over me, so I figured for sure I would walk away from testing the Jolly Tanks as a fuel container smelling like a gas station. But yet again, I was surprised. Both while filling the Jolly Tank and while emptying it into my gas tank, I didn’t spill 1 drop…seriously. The only fuel I got on me at all was at the very end I had to put my finger down into the fill tube just a bit to keep it from closing on the Jolly Tank spout. It was pretty impressive and very easy to use.
Reason 3: Jolly Tanks are portable and multi-use
Probably the two best things about the Jolly Tank are that they are very packable, portable and lightweight. The are an excellent piece of prepping gear because they are totally maintenance free. Pack them away and forget about them until you need them. As I mentioned earlier they can also be used for water, wine, juice, or any other liquid as well. Which is pretty sweet for all kinds of outdoors activities. One of the great uses for these Jolly Tanks is in an ultralight of bug out situation. Imagine you go camping, you find a great camp site, but it is not real close to a water source. Having two Jolly Tanks in your pack makes this a non issue. Just grab your Jolly Tanks, a small dipping cup and chemical purification or a water filter and head to the water source. Fill up the Jolly tanks, treat as needed. Then head back to camp with up to 4 gallons of water. Which should be enough to last a few days, depending on the number of people in your party. Certainly a whole lot better than going down to fill a 1 liter water bottle or canteen several times a day!
The down side to Jolly Tanks
Although they are plenty strong enough to carry water without having to worry about them breaking open or anything like that, they are just plastic. So it is important to keep that in mind, if you throw them down on a sharp stick or something like that they are going to get a hole in them. But if you have some duct tape, your in luck because repair will be a snap.
Jolly Tank Pricing:
If you only buy two at a time they are $9.00 each on my website. I have worked out a deal with the distributer to be able to offer you these at cheaper prices than he is selling on his own website! Buying 2 at a time is a pretty good price considering how useful they are for all kinds of situations. However, the more you buy the cheaper they go!
Take a look at the video below to see the test I did on the Jolly Tank at a local gas station to see just how well they worked as a fuel container.
You can also watch this video to see a review of the Jolly Tank by Sootch00 from YouTube.
How can you see yourself working these Jolly tanks into your prepping gear?
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Note: The manufacturer states that these are only to be used to hold fuel for six hours or less. They are for temporary emergency fuel storage. They are not authorized for long term fuel storage or transportation.