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 propane ?
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 the maximum 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 ? What model have you used ? If you have not used one, do you know of one on the market 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 gas ?
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 pre-manufactured 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 generator, and 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 !!