Gas Can

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Gas Can
Gas Can
Category Item
Heavy Load
5 (0.3 empty)
Function Refuel vehicles and generators
Start fires
Capacity 8 units
Contents Gasoline
Technical details
Class name Base.PetrolCan
(Empty: Base.EmptyPetrolCan)

The gas can is a drainable item that becomes an empty gas can once used.



An empty gas can only be filled with gasoline and therefore cannot be filled with water. It is possible to refill a gas can by either siphoning gas from a vehicle, or at a gas pump. It should be noted that without a source of power, a gas pump will not function.


A gas can contains gasoline which can be poured into vehicles, filling their gas tank. Along with vehicles, it is also the primary source of fuel for generators. One full gas can will refill 80% of a generator's fuel tank.

Fire starting

A gas can can be used in place of kindling when starting a fire, along with being added as a source of fuel to a fire. Having a gas can in the secondary slot, with a lighter in the primary, it is possible to burn corpses, removing any negative moodles that are caused by their presence.


A full gas can is used in crafting molotov cocktails and flame traps. Note that the flame trap can only be crafted by those with the engineer occupation, and cannot be learnt with a recipe magazine.

Output Ingredients Description Skill Level
Molotov Cocktail x1
SmallRippedSheet.png + Emptybottleanim.gif + Petrol.png
Ripped Sheet x1 Empty Bottle (Alcohol) x1 Gas Can x1
(consumed) (consumed) (consumed)
A handy weapon that causes fire to burn surrounding tiles. A Lighter in the secondary slot is required to use. Level 0

Flame Trap x1
WaterBottle Empty.png + Petrol.png + Rag.png
Empty Bottle (Water) x1 Gas Can x1 Ripped Sheets x1
(consumed) (consumed)
Make Flame Trap Engineer.png


From items.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Gas Can Petrol.png

Version 39.67.5
	item PetrolCan
		Weight			= 5,
		Type			= Drainable,
		UseWhileEquipped	= FALSE,
		UseDelta		= 0.125,
		DisplayName		= Gas Can,
		Icon			= Petrol,
		ReplaceOnDeplete	= EmptyPetrolCan,

From newitems.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)

Empty Gas Can Petrol.png

Version 39.67.5
	item EmptyPetrolCan
		Weight		= 0.3,
		Type		= Normal,
		DisplayName	= Empty Gas Can,
		Icon		= Petrol,

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