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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:44 PM

ANYONE KNOW ABOUT PROPANE OR NATURAL GASS POWERED GENERATORS?

I specifically would like to know if they can be installed inside a garage and vented through the wall for intake and exhaust

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Reply ANYONE KNOW ABOUT PROPANE OR NATURAL GASS POWERED GENERATORS? (Original post)
tk2kewl Nov 2012 OP
BlueToTheBone Nov 2012 #1
bongbong Nov 2012 #2
RC Nov 2012 #3
tk2kewl Nov 2012 #4
finecraft Nov 2012 #8
tk2kewl Nov 2012 #9
finecraft Nov 2012 #11
tk2kewl Nov 2012 #12
finecraft Nov 2012 #13
tk2kewl Nov 2012 #14
Historic NY Nov 2012 #5
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #6
tk2kewl Nov 2012 #7
Stinky The Clown Nov 2012 #10
Jersey Devil Nov 2012 #15
Kaleva Nov 2012 #16

Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:51 PM

1. They require a lot of air and I'm not sure that

it would be a good idea to put it in the garage, even with a vent. I had a propane generator and kept it in its own little house that was only 3 sided.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:53 PM

2. Rec

 

They probably can be, but this is NOT a job for somebody without the proper credentials.

Better to put it inside a little tiny shed built just for it - but again, only done by a professional.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:53 PM

3. Yes, just like any other generator.

 

Propane tanks must be outside.
Depending on how big, you might want to think about outside venting for the heat they generate.

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Response to RC (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 12:59 PM

4. i am looking at a couple of possibilities.

still have no power and don't want to get stuck like this again.

I am still trying to figure out how much wattage i need to run my 4-ton florida heat pump, and well fro the geothermal.

ideally i would get this one http://www.electricgeneratorsdirect.com/Briggs-&-Stratton-40243A-Standby-Generator/p1979.html and plumb it in to my natural gas... problem is if i put it outside on the highest point of my property it will still need to be elevated 4 or 5 ft to avoid being flooded if we get hit by another sandy

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:31 PM

8. Great company to buy from. That is where we got ours.

I live in Louisiana, and we bought a 20KW Generac generator from them 2 years ago. We ran a natural gas line to our house to run it. (House is/was all electric) Best investment we ever made.

We built a 3-foot high platform off the back patio to place the generator on. Has worked like a charm.

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Response to finecraft (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:56 PM

9. what material did you use for the platform?

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:02 PM

11. We used treated wood timbers

6x6 posts and 2x6 planking. We have the transfer switch box (the weatherproof type for outdoor mounting) on the exterior wall of the house, in back of the generator and platform. We don't have a cover over the generator, and have not had any problem with it at all.

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Response to finecraft (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:50 PM

12. thanks... good info.

i suppose i would be better off building a platform and keeping it outside

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:58 PM

13. You will love your generator!

After going through 4 hurricanes, sometimes going 2 weeks+ after the storm without power, we finally caved and put out the bucks for ours. We will never regret purchasing it. We still ask ourselves why we waited so long.

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Response to finecraft (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:05 PM

14. up here we don't expect to get wacked so hard

no more complacency

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 01:10 PM

5. You will need ventilation, vented doors and vented exhaust shutters....

any engine will scavenge for air w/o it.

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:20 PM

6. NOT a good idea

I see you're worried about flooding. Just as an idea, maybe put in a patio cover but make it sturdy enough to support the genset? Put it on the garage roof, maybe?

You really, really do not want this indoors

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #6)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 02:30 PM

7. i was thinking of actually piping the intake and exhaust through the wall

i could use double-walled pipe for exhaust

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Response to tk2kewl (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:00 PM

10. Check with a generator manufacturer and see what they say.

There are some big (as in hospital) sized generators are located indoors. Maybe there is a residential standby version?

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:27 PM

15. Absolutely NO (edited)

If a generator has the wrong fuel mix (say you accidentally leave the choke open) or the oil is dirty it could blow flames out the exhaust like a blow torch (mine did this with the choke open) and burn your house down. Even without that the danger from carbon monoxide would be too high to risk it.

edit - just noticed you said gas or propane and not gasoline, but am leaving my response up for those thinking about gasoline powered generators. I also imagine that no matter how it is powered the carbon monoxide danger would be just as high

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Response to tk2kewl (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:54 PM

16. Hire a professional who is licensed and qualified to do such a job

Your locale may have codes regulating the installation of such. Unless you have a great deal of experience yourself, all non-portable gas fired appliances ought to be installed by a licensed professional.

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