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Gas Can
Gas Can
Gas Can
Category Item
Heavy Load
5 (Full)
1.6 (Empty)
Function •Refuel vehicle and generator
•Start fire
Capacity 8 units
Contents Gasoline
Technical details
item ID Base.PetrolCan

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



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 as a kindling when starting a campfire. 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.


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. An empty gas can can only be filled with gasoline, and cannot be used to store water.


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.

Product XP Gained Skill(s) Recipe Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
Molotov Cocktail
0 XP none
Gas Can
(1 unit)


Fire Bomb
none Engineer Empty Bottle
Empty Bottle
Gas Can
(4 units)

Ripped Sheets


From items.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)
Gas Can Petrol.png

Retrieved: Build 41.78.16

		item PetrolCan
	    DisplayCategory = VehicleMaintenance,
		Weight	=	5,
		Type	=	Drainable,
		UseWhileEquipped	=	FALSE,
		UseDelta	=	0.125,
		DisplayName	=	Gas Can,
		Icon	=	Petrol,
		ReplaceOnDeplete	=	EmptyPetrolCan,
		StaticModel = GasCan,
		ReplaceInSecondHand = Bag_GasCan_LHand holdingbagleft,
        ReplaceInPrimaryHand = Bag_GasCan_RHand holdingbagright,
        WorldStaticModel = GasCan_Ground,
		Tags = Petrol,

From newitems.txt (Project Zomboid directory/media/scripts/)
Empty Gas Can Petrol.png

Retrieved: Build 41.78.16

		item EmptyPetrolCan
	    DisplayCategory = VehicleMaintenance,
		Weight	=	1.6,
		Type	=	Normal,
		DisplayName	=	Empty Gas Can,
		Icon	=	Petrol,
		StaticModel = GasCan,
		SurvivalGear = TRUE,
		ReplaceInSecondHand = Bag_GasCan_LHand holdingbagleft,
        ReplaceInPrimaryHand = Bag_GasCan_RHand holdingbagright,
        WorldStaticModel = GasCan_Ground,
        Tags = EmptyPetrol,
        ReplaceTypes = PetrolSource PetrolCan,

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