After last month's ice storm in North Carolina, I have decided to invest in
a portable generator. After some research at various sites, I am certain
that around 8 kw will fit my needs. However, I still have **many** very
basic questions about generator types, fuel storage, fuel consumption,
power cabling to the transfer switch, etc.
I know there are a lot of questions, and hopefully folks will comment or
advise on the ones about which they have knowledge or experience.
In terms of efficiency and fuel use, which generator type is best.....
gas, diesel, or
Has anyone here used a tri-fuel generator, such as the one made by Northern
Industrial Tools ?
How can one safely and properly store 150 gallons of gas ? I figure this is
amount that i would need in any severe storm. I am aware of the use of
Stabil, and I would
also "rotate" the gas at least once a year.
Has anyone here used a propane generator ? If so, how well did you like it
model have you used ? If you have not used one, do you know of one on the
right now, in the 8 KW range ? (I find that all the propane ones I find
are much larger
generators, up to 12-15 kw or higher).
In terms of fuel usage, is a gallon of propane about the same as a gallon of
I need 6 120 volt circuits, and two 240 circuits. The 240 circuits
are needed for
hot water, and water pump. Will this mean that I will need 3 distinct
power cables run
from my generator to the transfer switch in the house ? Are these
cables in given lengths, or will my electrician custom make cables ??
If I use a propane tank, it may well be 50 feet lower in elevation than my
up to 100 feet away. Will the propane travel an uphill run like this ?
What is your favorite generator in the 7-8 KW range ?
Well, that should be enough questions for now !!
Thank you in advance for any comment or advice !!
- posted 10 years ago