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Old 05-11-2015, 11:08 AM   #11
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Was it because they needed the air to run longer than a minute or two?

Ha ha, I guess you mean did the gas tanks need to allow air in to let gas out.....ummmm yes it did.

I felt so dumb.

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Old 05-11-2015, 11:43 AM   #12
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Propane burns cleaner so it's better on plugs and oil than gas but it has less energy than gas. Generators lose power the higher in altitude you go. A propane-powered generator will bog down before a gas-powered generator. Also, you will empty your 20 lb. LP tank mush faster than a 5 gal. gas can. The difficulty in keeping LP available for the LP-powered generator far exceeds that of a gas-powered one.


I haul 2 Yamaha 2000 generators in my 5th wheel's basement without ever smelling gas fumes in the trailer or its basement but my gas can is in the back of my truck. Of course, I run the generators outside and sometimes in the back of my truck without any problems.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #13
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My vote is for Propane. It is easier to find than non-ethanol gas. Burns Cleaner and your generator will have much less problems. Ethanol will screw up your generator, lawn mower, chain saw, weed eater, etc. I have had to replace hoses and rebuild carburetors on everything I own.
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Roughly, a 20# pound tank is full at 4.5gals and burns with an energy efficient to 80% of gasoline. Easy swap a 20# tank at Lowes for $17 or use about 4 gallons of regular gas for $7 (plus a couple tablespoons of Stabil to neutralize the ethanol). Gas wins.
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Old 05-11-2015, 07:41 PM   #15
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I just bought a Powerhouse 4 kw fuel injected generator. I run stabil and premium. We need that for cold weather operation. The manufacturer suggests this as well. The same generator is marketed at Lifan as well, they have 3100 not sure if they have the 4 kw fuel injected version.
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Just a note to people who don't know it, Premium fuel doesn't have Ethanol in it.That's why manufacturers of small engines are now recommending to use it.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:09 PM   #17
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I guess we are lucky then in Minnesota. Seems like you can find LP just about around every corner. I can't say that I have ever had trouble finding LP around here.
I have a dual fuel generator. Have never used gasoline in it yet.
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Here is a better question: would your local repair shop work on a propane genny or would you have to send it somewhere if something went wrong?
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I don't know why a local repair shop wouldn't be able to work on propane one verses one that runs on gas. Other than fuel delivery system they would be the same. Every shop that I have been too around here works on them. Dual fuel, diesel, Tri fuel units.
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Just a note to people who don't know it, Premium fuel doesn't have Ethanol in it.That's why manufacturers of small engines are now recommending to use it.
I'd certainly like to see something in writing on that from a gasoline refiner, because ethanol while content varies from state to state, it is practically mandated. What else do they use to raise the octane?
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