My wife has some oil lamps for use during power outages. She insists on burning the type of lamp oil in them that comes in little bottles at the local Chinese Emporium. I recently got a kerosene lantern for outside use, planning to use regular kerosene (and I will). However, I also need something to buy and store the fuel in—preferably something from which I can fill the lantern. They used to make little one and two gallon metal cans with large fill holes, but small spouts, made specifically for use with kerosene lamps and lanterns. They were very convenient.
Enter OSHA. Seeking to eliminate the “danger” of the simple, efficient, old-fashioned cans, they have come up with a new, improved “safety can” for use with kerosene. Now there’s nothing wrong with the mandated blue color. In fact, that’s a good idea, along with red cans for gas and yellow ones for diesel. The problem is that the kerosene must come out of the same hole of the can where it is filled. That hole is huge compared to the fill holes in lamps and lanterns. Some will say to use funnels, but that joke is fully understood only by those of us old enough to have used the old-time cans with their properly-sized spouts.
OSHA’s answer was to put a long, narrow, side-mounted funnel right on the can that looks a lot like the nose-cone (aka “dog p_cker”) on a jet airplane. In doing so, they have created an expensive piece of equipment that’s about as useless as certain female appendages on a boar hog. I WILL find a practical solution, but I’m sure it will be considered unsafe and will probably even be illegal. Leave it to the bureaucrats to completely mess up something simple. © 2012