Sanitary Can Dimensions

Specific designations are used in the industry to denote can sizes and nominal can dimensions. The diameter of the can is shown first followed by the can height, for example; a #1 sanitary can is designated a a 211 x 400. The first digit of each number denotes the number of inches, while the next two digits indicate the fractional dimension in 1/16 increments. A 211 diameter can actually has a nominal measurement of 2-11/16 inches. The last three digits represent the can height, in this case 400 equals a can with a height of 4 inches with no 1/16's. In comparaison a can with nominal dimensions of 301 x 411 nominally mesures 3-1/16 dia. x 4-11/16 inches tall. All dimensions are given with both ends seamed on the body and are measured outside.

The following information is listed for ready reference. The can dimensions given are nominal and will vary slightly with every style and method of manufacture.

*Nominal Can Size Can Name Oz. of water at 680 F. A/16 in. ht. **Full Can Oz. **Fluid Oz. Full Can
202x214 5Z 0.121 4.9 4.7
202 x 308 6Z 0.121 6.1 5.8
211x300 8Z short 0.189 7.9 7.6
211x304 8Z tall 0.189 8.7 8.3
211 x400 #1 Eastern 0.189 10.0 1 0.5
211 x414 #1 Juice 0.189 13.6 13.1
300 x 407 #300 0.234 15.2 14.6
300 x 409 #300X 0.234 15.7 15.1
301 x 411 #1 tall 0.242 16.7 16.0
303x406 #303 0.264 16.9 16.2
303 x 509 #303 tall 0.264 21.9 21.0
307 x 306 0.307 14.7 14.1
307 x 400 #2 short 0.307 17.8 17.1
307 x 409 #2 0.307 20.6 19.7
307x510 #2 tall 0.307 25.8 24.8
307x512 0.307 26.4 25.3
401 x411 #2-1/2 0.432 29.8 28.6
404x414 #3 0.487 35.1 33.7
404 x 700 0.487 51.7 49.6
404 x 708 0.487 55.7 53.4
502x510 #5 0.703 59.1 56.7
603 x 700 #10 1.032 109.4 105.1
603x812 Gallon 1.032 138.3 132.9

* Common sizes are shown. Calculate capacity using 1/16 inch dimension.
** Capacities shown are values without headspace. Varying specific gravities of products preclude capacities as attained commercially.