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Old 10-28-2017, 10:56 PM   #1
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Has anyone here retrofitted a gas generator to run on propane?

I would feel more comfortable with 2 or 3 30lb propane tanks sitting in the garage instead of cans of gasoline. No issues with gasoline going bad either.
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From what I know, propane burn time is limited.
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Gas is great with a small amount of Marvel mystery oil. shut the valve when through run engine until it quits. I have a 5 kw that was purchased for Ivan. Last month before the storm opened the valve put some fresh gas in it and it started second pull.
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Get the propane kit. Get a large bottle that stays outside. You can do multiple drops off it for cooking too if need be. Can't do that on gasoline. Propane stores and keeps better and safer than gasoline.
All our stand by gensets at work are on natural gas. They range from 3406B (320Kw) Cat down to a couple of big Kohlers (200Kw). We have the 11Kw models in the field.
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I have a 7500 kw propane generator that is designed to run on propane. Works great -- have eight propane tanks filled and ready to go !
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A full 20# propane cylinder is equal to about 3.1 gallons of gasoline.

The delivery rate of the propane (evaporation from liquid to gas) could be an issue to run the generator, depending on the load on the generator and the ambient temperature.
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The nice thing about propane is, it's just as good and fresh 20 years old as it was the day it was put in the tank. Doesn't go bad.
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A full 20# propane cylinder is equal to about 3.1 gallons of gasoline.

The delivery rate of the propane (evaporation from liquid to gas) could be an issue to run the generator, depending on the load on the generator and the ambient temperature.

Thanks for the info.

I'm planning on getting 2-3 30 lb tanks and having them filled, vice swapping 20 lb tanks at an exchange which I understand are only filled to 75% capacity.

I'm running a 5700w continuous generator. During Maria, with only a large refrigerator, a couple of lights and a fan two, I wasn't drawing all that many watts. This year I'm tying my generator into the breaker box, so with some judicious use, I could probably get a decent run time out of a full 30 lb tank.

I'm hoping it will be easier to get a propane tank filled post-hurricane then it was trying to find gasoline.
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