You will find a large selection of quality metal and plastic jerry cans, water cans, steel & plastic drums, water pumps, fuel pumps,  water tanks, fuel tanks, tool boxes and tool organizers, Fire-extinguishers, Fire extinguisher cylinders,  metal jerry cans, metal water cans, metal fuel cans, metal water tanks, metal fuel tanks, plastic jerry cans, plastic water cans, plastic fuel cans, plastic water tanks, plastic fuel tanks

 

 

 
                 
 

 
                 
 

Limes offers a wide range of industrial products :

 


More Products

 

 

 
Reliability and durability

Reliability and durability are two key factors we won't leave you without with our fuel and water portable containers,  and storage tanks, fuel and water pumps, fire-extinguishers and fire extinguisher cylinders.

 

 

  Home        Our Products     Contact     Inquiry Form   Job Opportunities
 

   
 

You will find a large selection of quality metal and plastic jerry cans, water cans, steel & plastic drums, water pumps, fuel pumps,  water tanks, fuel tanks, tool boxes and tool organizers, Fire-extinguishers, Fire extinguisher cylinders,  metal jerry cans, metal water cans, metal fuel cans, metal water tanks, metal fuel tanks, plastic jerry cans, plastic water cans, plastic fuel cans, plastic water tanks, plastic fuel tanks, fuel cans, tool organizers, fuel cans, fuel tanks, extinguisher cylinders, metal water cans, metal water cans, Fire-extinguishers, Fire extinguisher cylinders,

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A jerry can is a robust fuel container made from pressed steel. It was originally designed in Germany in the 1930s for military use and holds 20 litres
of fuel. The development of the jerry cans were a huge improvement on earlier designs, which required tools and funnels to use.

The jerry can was invented by the Germans during a secret project ordered by Hitler. The Germans called it the Wehrmachtskanister. The Germans had thousands of jerry cans stockpiled by 1939 in anticipation of war.

In 1939, an American engineer named Paul Pleiss had built a vehicle to journey to India with his German colleague. After building the car, they realized they didn't have any
storage for emergency water. The German engineer had access to the stockpile of jerry cans at Tempelhof Airport and just managed to take three jerry cans. They drove across 11 national borders without incident until Field Marshal Goering sent a plane to take the engineer home. The German engineer compounded his treason by giving Pleiss complete specifications for the manufacture of the jerry can.  Pleiss continued on to Calcutta, put his car in storage, and flew back to Philadelphia.

Pleiss told American military officials about the jerry cans, but they ignored him. Without a sample, he realized he couldn't get anywhere. He eventually got the car shipped to New York by a roundabout method, and sent a jerry can to Washington. The War Department decided instead to use the WWI ten-gallon jerry can with two screw closures, which required both a wrench and funnel for pouring.

The one American jerry can was sent to Camp Holabird, Maryland, where it was redesigned.  It only retained the handles, size and shape. The weld was replaced with rolled seams, the lining was removed and it now required a wrench and a funnel. The original design proved far superior and these fuel containers were subsequently used in all theatres of war around the world.
 

At the beginning of the Second World War, the British Army were equipped with simple rectangular fuel containers: a 2 gallon (9 litres) container made of pressed steel and a 4 gallon (18 litres) container made from tin plate. While the 9 litre - 2 gallon containers were relatively strong, they were expensive to produce. The 18 litre - 4 gallon containers, which were mainly manufactured in the third world, were cheap and plentiful but they were not very robust. Consequently they were colloquially known as flimsies.

While adequate for transportation by road in Europe, the flimsies proved to be extremely unsatisfactory during the North African Campaign and severely hampered the operation of the British 8th Army. The transportation of fuel over rough terrain often resulted in much of the fuel being lost as the containers were easily punctured. The resultant leakages also made the transportation vehicles liable to fuel fires.

When the British Army first saw the German jerry cans during the invasion of Norway in 1940, the British immediately saw the advantages of the superior design.  The jerry cans had three handles on them which allowed easy handling by one or two people or to be moved bucket brigade-style. The handle design also allows for two empty jerry cans to be carried in each hand.

The sides of the jerry can were marked with cross-like indentations that strengthened the jerry can while allowing the contents to expand, as did an air pocket under the handles when the jerry can was filled correctly. Rather than a screw cap, the containers used a cam lever release mechanism with a short spout secured with a snap closure and an air-pipe to the air pocket which enabled smooth pouring (which was omitted in some copies). The interior of the jerry can was also lined with an impervious plastic, first developed for steel beer barrels that would allow the cans to be used for either water or gasoline. The jerry can was welded, and had a gasket for a leak-proof mouth. The British used cans captured from the "Jerries" (Germans) hence "jerry cans" in preference to their own containers as much as possible. Later in 1940 Pleiss was in London, and British officers asked him about the design and manufacture of the jerry can. Pleiss ordered the second of his three jerry cans flown to London.