How many times have we left on a trip, carrying a full quart of oil (or a half-empty bottle)? The answer is “always!” We do it because we know that maintaining proper oil and gear lube levels is critical to engine and drive train performance and reliability. The trouble is that all standard 1-quart (32 oz/946 ml) plastic oil containers waste precious space. We really don’t need to bring that much oil; we just need enough to add a few ounces between oil changes.
OilJug™ is the answer. These compact high density polyethylene jugs comply with FDA regulations so they’re ideal for transporting, storing or packaging a wide variety of products, including oil. They can be filled with your favorite lubricant or other liquid and reused hundreds of times. Because the OilJug™ is an FDA food grade container you can even use it for cooking oil, syrup, distilled spirits or other consumable liquids. The screw lid has a foam inner cap seal to prevent leakage or weeping. The convenient molded handle makes it easy to hold and pour.
OilJugs™ come in 3 convenient sizes:
4 oz. jug = 1/8 quart = 1/2 cup = 118 ml. This size is perfect for final drive gear lube or car wash solution for that mid-rally bike wash. One expert mechanic and technical writer uses this size to carry Heet gas line de-icer.
8 oz. jug = 1/4 quart = 1 cup = 237 ml. This size is great for the occasional oil top-off needed during those 1000-mile weekend getaways. This size is preferred when you’re breaking in a new bike and the rings haven’t seated and a small amount of oil consumption is expected. (Or when you’ve been riding at high speed all day long.)
16 oz. jug = 1/2 quart = 2 cups = 474 ml. This is our most popular size, since it holds enough oil for most cross-country expeditions but it takes up only half the space of any 1-quart bottle. Remember, you can always replenish your supply along the way!
OilJugs™ are $3.50 each, regardless of size… or get the TriplePak – (a savings of a Kennedy Half-Dollar! – that’s more money than we made on our 401K last year)
Here’s a helpful hint: We always put our OilJug™ in a small plastic baggie before we stow it with our gear. This keeps everything clean and neat and prevents accidents in case we forget to screw the lid on tightly!
Photo below shows a 1 quart oil bottle for comparison, followed by 4 oz, 8 oz, and 16 oz OilJugs™. In addition to being smaller in width and height, the OilJug™ containers are also much thinner than any standard oil bottle, making them easy to pack and store.