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Posted by ELaw [Email] (#699) [Profile/Gallery] (more from ELaw) on Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:45:40 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Standby generators, AdamSAAB2kAero [Profile/Gallery] , Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:23:17
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I can't really speak to what's good or bad in the current generator market... the one I have I bought on CL and is probably 30 years old. I will say that from the time I bought it in 2012 until last Sunday, it had done its primary job very well, which was preventing the power from actually going out. ;^) On Sunday that changed but that's a different story.

But if you're going to get a propane generator, make sure you research what size of propane tank(s) you'll need. As you probably know, propane is stored as a liquid, and some generators (mine being one) run on vapor. The way the liquid becomes vapor is by boiling in the tank(s), and the rate at which it boils depends on the outside temperature and the size of the tank(s). I've got a 20 kW generator and two 100-gallon tanks, and from what I read it's quite possible I wouldn't be able to get full output from the generator below about 20 degrees F with that setup. The moral of that story being that tank size isn't just tied to run time, but also how low the outside temp can get and have the generator still provide full power.

Also if the generator uses a carburetor (I'm not sure what the current state of the art is) and lives outdoors as most do, it may be difficult or impossible to start at low temperatures. I'm not sure about natural gas, but that's a problem propane engines are known for. Mine started fine on Sunday when it was 80 degrees out, but last time I tried it when it was 30, it took a ton of cranking and sputtering before it finally was running well.

I know that's not much specific info, but I guess my point is make sure you do all the necessary research!

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