After last month's ice storm in North Carolina, I have
decided to invest in
a portable generator.
CY: You, and at least a few others.
After some research at various sites, I am certain
that around 8 kw will fit my needs.
CY: How'd you get that number?
In terms of efficiency and fuel use, which generator type
gas, diesel, or
CY: Diesel and propane are more efficient, and the fuel
stores longer. They are more expensive to purchase.
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.
CY: You'd want to check wtih the local building codes
people. If there are no such people, please consider a
diesel generator, and a 275 gal tank of home heating oil.
It's essentially the same as diesel, but it's a different
color. Since you're not using it for motor fuel, no worries.
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).
CY: Larger isn't necessarily a bad thing. If a generator
runs at part load, there is less wear.
In terms of fuel usage, is a gallon of propane about the
same as a gallon of
CY: Gal of propane is less, I think. During a power cut, you
want to run as little as possible, so your power cut
electric needs are different than your grid power needs.
I need 6 120 volt circuits, and two 240 circuits. The
are needed for
hot water, and water pump. Will this mean that I will need
power cables run
from my generator to the transfer switch in the house ?
cables in given lengths, or will my electrician custom make
CY: Should need one cable, and a good electrician will do
all of that.
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 ?
CY: Propane, also called LPG, is a compressed gas. Released
to the air, it flows down hill. In the tube from the tank to
the generator, it will EASILY flow uphill.
What is your favorite generator in the 7-8 KW range ?
CY: No preference.
Well, that should be enough questions for now !!
CY: Naah, there's plenty more questions.
Thank you in advance for any comment or advice !!