Look Ma! A back up generator

Originally Posted By: psmothers
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high end house with lots of cool goodies like that.


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Originally Posted By: wcampbell
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Is it any good if your gas meter gets washed away?



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Originally Posted By: bbadger
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wcampbell wrote:
Is it any good if your gas meter gets washed away?


That is an interesting observation.

If this was an emergency generator to the NEC it would need at least 2 hours of fuel on site. Basically that means diesel power.

However to the NEC this is an optional standby generator. That being the case the fuel choice is up to the owner.

Looks like a nice unit.


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Originally Posted By: jpeck
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bbadger wrote:
wcampbell wrote:
Is it any good if your gas meter gets washed away?


That is an interesting observation.

If this was an emergency generator to the NEC it would need at least 2 hours of fuel on site. Basically that means diesel power.


Or Propane. Like mine.

Weekend before last I bought a real nice propane fueled 12 kw generator, and, during this last weekends hurricane, it was sitting next to the garage where I dropped it off. I was in Melbourne all last week and did not get it installed. Turns out we were far enough south to be below the worst parts of the storm and did not lose power, although not far from us and to the north did.

My dilemma now is "Now, where do I put that huge propane tank which is needed?" I've got a nice generator, but may have to return it if I can't find a place for a 120 gal. or 250 gal propane tank.

The 250 gal tank is out, because it would need to be 10 feet from a buildable property line and 10 feet from any structure, and there is only 10 feet on each side of my house.

So, now where can I put a 120 gal propane tank? I should be able to get 3 days running time from 100 usable gallons (a 120 gallon tank hold 100 gallons) if I only operate the A/C when really needed and 2 days at full load (even the A/C on all the time should not do that, because the A/C cycles on and off).


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South Florida

Originally Posted By: jmcginnis
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Jerry…


Wanting to use AC with an emergency generator is like wanting A1 steak sauce on your K rations!!! icon_lol.gif


Originally Posted By: jpeck
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jmcginnis wrote:
Jerry...
Wanting to use AC with an emergency generator is like wanting A1 steak sauce on your K rations!!! ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)


What's wrong with trying to make the BEST of the situation?

This is what mine looks like.




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South Florida

Originally Posted By: bbadger
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jpeck wrote:
badger wrote:


If this was an emergency generator to the NC it would need at least 2 hours of fuel on site. Basically that means diesel power.


Or Propane. Like mine.


True enough, I have not installed a propane gen set in 20 years, I kind of forgot about them.

Can you put in two 120 gal tanks at your property line?

The one I put in so long ago used duel tanks.


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Originally Posted By: jpeck
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bbadger wrote:
Can you put in two 120 gal tanks at your property line?

Yes, but ... (gulp!) ... the price for EACH tank is ... (twitch) ... about $700-800, NOT INCLUDING THE PROPANE.


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South Florida

Originally Posted By: bbadger
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jpeck wrote:
bbadger wrote:
Can you put in two 120 gal tanks at your property line?

Yes, but ... (gulp!) ... the price or EACH tank is ... (twitch) ... about $700-800,


![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)

Looks like you will have to run the temperature in the house a little warmer during the longer blackouts.


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