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Shipping 2 gallon oil cans
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I've sold and shipped many small oil cans over the years, but never shipped a 2 gallon rectangular empty can. So, what's the best way to pack 2 gallon cans. Thanks!

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When ever I ship about any oil can I line the box with 1" foam insulation and put the can in a plastic bag in case of any accidental leakage. I have never had any issues. I get the foam insulation from work for free since we have parts that come in packed in it.


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...a great place to get sheet styrofoam is a furniture store - sometimes you can get large sheets used for shipping table tops, dressers, etc...it's insane to think how much of it is used once in shipping a cheap table from China to the US, and then it goes into the garbage...reusing it even once helps keep it out of the landfill for a little while longer, anyway...


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Okay, I have access to foam board, but is there a standard box that you use? Or whatever I can find? Thanks.

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If your shipping USPS, my favorite boxes are Walmart’s 12”x12”x10.5”. They’re cheap, sturdy and with USPS price hikes happening on any package with a side longer than 12”, you can ship it right at the limit. Gives a good amount a room all the way around, too.


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...I might be wrong - I don't have a 2-gallon can nearby to measure - but it seems like a 12" box doesn't leave much room for the foam packing material...

...I've shipped 2 gallon cans in these:

https://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Boxes/Standard-Sized-Moving-Boxes/Small-Moving-Box/?id=3245

...liquor store boxes are pretty good, too...they're usually holding glass so they're made well...only downside is you have to the wrap the box or turn it inside out...


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You’re probably right, gulfiend. I might be thinking of the wrong size 2 gal, I’m not positive which type rectangle refers to. Those are just my go-to with USPS because of the over-12” price hike. With how they treat packages nowadays, the more room the better.

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Originally Posted by RedHat
With how they treat packages nowadays, the more room the better.


...sadly true...


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Two gallon cans are sensitive to temp changes. Not heating my garage mine would pop and suck in slightly then as temp changed they would pop and carry on.
Leaving the tops lose helps this somewhat,I have mine just sitting on top. Maybe something you want to do when packing. I have brought this up before and no one else commented so maybe its just me and my garage?


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Thanks Loyd and the rest of you for your advice. Loyd, I don't remember seeing your old posts about cans "talking" with temperature change, but I surely know what you're referring to. I too kept most of my cans on shelves in my outside workshop. It would get pretty cold in there when not in use. But when I'd turn on the furnace, about 5 minutes later, the cans would start popping and turn into what I called my "oil can symphony orchestra"! It was kind of fun to hear the different sounds. Anyway, I now understand what you mean about loosening the lids when shipping. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Loyd Pierce
Two gallon cans are sensitive to temp changes. Not heating my garage mine would pop and suck in slightly then as temp changed they would pop and carry on.
Leaving the tops lose helps this somewhat,I have mine just sitting on top. Maybe something you want to do when packing. I have brought this up before and no one else commented so maybe its just me and my garage?


Haha yea you’re not the only one. I’ve experienced this with French 2 liters in my house, scaring the absolute ***** out of my dog. There is literally nothing she fears more than that sound, it’s kinda funny. I’ve seen some people put pin holes in the tops or bottoms and have tried it once with good results not hearing a pop from the can again. Not sure what that would do to the value of 2 gallons so I can’t recommend it I only considered it for my dog’s sanity and as I’ve had French 2 liter cans dent themselves from the temp changes. French can spouts can be longer so untwisting the top doesn’t always work for them, unfortunately.


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