JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on alternatives to CARB-Complaint Gas Cans. (See the Gear section. below.)


Eye to Eye: Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel, by William Koenig

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Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide: Food, Shelter, Security, Off-the-Grid Power and More Life-Saving Strategies for Self-Sufficient Living


Movies and Television:

The Man in the High Castle. Two full seasons are now available free for Amazon Prime members. Some scenes of totalitarian cruelty are disturbing, so this series is definitely not for kids!  Not available on DVD

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Life Off Grid — A 2016 Canadian documentary film.  Available on DVD or via free download for Amazon Prime members.


Instructional Videos:

The Most Amazing Way to Remove a Stump

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Vehicle Concealed Carry Like a Boss

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Fasting vs. Eating Less: What’s the Difference? (Science of Fasting)


Sermons and Bible Studies:

Reformation – Session 1: Darkest Before Dawn

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The Five Solas of Reformation (Steven Lawson)

Blogs and Vlogs:

Reluctant Preppers (This informative web site is primarily a video podcast. BTW, they recently interviewed JWR.)

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Live The Old Way

Gear (Alternatives to CARB-Complaint Gas Cans):

Many Americans are frustrated by the lousy, messy “CARB-Compliant” spring-loaded nozzles that now come with most plastic fuel cans. There is a solution: Gas Spout – Replacement Spout And Cap For Gas Cans And Water Jugs.

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Kindle Fire 10 tablet. (This is the latest model. They are great for reading e-books and watching movies.) Note that with an inexpensive Micro HDMI (Type D) to HDMI (Type A) adapter cable, you can port video from your Kindle to most modern televisions that have an HDMI jack.


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  1. For the Kindle 10 the page the link takes you too does not say anything about a HDMI Type D interface, but does mention micro USB. If these are the same, I was not aware, but if not I wanted to let you know.

  2. Have been using these fuel can nozzles for a couple years,store them by inverting into container and sealing with a round of fuel resistant plastic. Vent can before unscrewing top to relieve pressure. Is there a source for the vents without buying 100’s?

  3. To vent my plastic gas cans, I have used brass sheet metal screws with rubber washer backed by metal washer, such as is used for metal roofing screws. I use a Philips head screw and keep a small special purpose Philips screwdriver in the truck. The brass screw insures against explosive spark. The hole doesn’t need to be big – it just has to let in air so the gas can get out.

  4. I’ve found a great way to vent a gas can is to drill a hole in the top portion of the gas can the same diameter as a car valve stem hole (the diameter that you would find on your car wheel where the stem protrudes). Insert the base of the stem in that hole. Then remove/unscrew the inner portion of the stem so that you have the valve stem body only and the screw on cap. To use, just remove the stem cap and pour. This doesn’t work on plastic tanks that store diesel because the diesel fuel deteriorates the rubber valve stem but it holds up great to gasoline.

  5. Midwest makes the best poly cans.
    Get the yellow vents from JSP and then you only need one of the spouts: https://www.amazon.com/YELLOW-Chilton-Briggs-Rotopax-Rubbermaid/dp/B00U7YLKNU/
    Spouts, I recommend buying from ez pour (non-ez link you posted might be an IP theft deal and/or lower quality) — and get it standard spout size (not hi flow) if you want it fit in the gas pump nozzle hole of your car; they just released a dual hi flow and standard option as well: https://www.amazon.com/Gas-Can-Replacement-Spout-Kit/dp/B06WRRXG1X/

  6. I recently bought 3 Wavian Jerry Cans from CampingMaxx on Amazon. They called me at fulfillment time to aks if I would rather have the non-CARB spout because they have had so many complaints. I live in TX; YMMV

  7. There is another alternative. Cans for refilling at a racetrack do not have to be CARB compliant. Of course these are only designed for “racing” fuels. They are not designed for carrying street-legal gasoline. But for “racing” fuels, they are fantastic. 5 Gallon, easy to carry, easy to store, and easy to pour. Be sure to get the hose, too. They are available at other sources online for less than the website below, and are also available at or near many racetracks around the country.



  8. M-ray, I like your vent ‘design’. But,according to my many years of experience, as well as direct and recent comm with Scepter,the deterioration of the sealing gaskets, on their cans and others, n-Butyl ‘rubber’, lives just fine in a diesel ‘atmosphere’ and use. This is true of the older metal USMC ‘Gerry’ cans. It is only the gasoline which deteriorates the N-Butyl ‘rubber’. Thus, all Scepter cans now, and always, have used Viton as a seal around the cap, for use with gasoline.It is expensive, but can take the abuse of most solvents and chemicals and temperatures.. My assumption is that we are both referring to N-Butyl. I welcome any corrections. Thanx

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