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Converting a Gasoline Generator to Tri-Fuel
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Hopefully everyone that wants to be prepared even for bad weather has themselves a generator, and if you do, I'm sure you're aware that gasoline for long term storage is a bad thing. The gasoline that's left over in the bowl of your carb will eventually gum up your carb making your generator difficult to start. Of course, you could always create a schedule where you start your generator manually once a month just to make sure everything is well.

Of course, if you're a normal person, you'll probably do that for the first couple of months, and then forget about it because you got busy doing something else. So what's the solution? Convert your generator to run off of propane.

There's a small company that makes a simple kit that is easily installed. They're called US Carburation and although they're website is a little cheesy, do not judge them by that. They provide an excellent product with great instructions and great customer service.

Their site has lots of information as to exactly which kit you should order, but I'll admit, it's not organized the best way so spend some time exploring all the different embedded links.

Here is the kit that I got for my generator.
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Everything was included to complete the job, but at the time I didn't order the fuel line because I thought I could find one locally. I didn't and ended up ordering the 12' fuel line from them as well.

Drilling the holes for the fuel regulator
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This is the fuel regulator installed on the frame.
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Mounting the propane intake between the air filter and the carb.
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Installing the fuel line fittings.
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Connecting the fuel line.
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Wrapping the Tach wire around the spark plug wire. I bought the tach after I got the conversion kit.
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The Tach display with it running on propane, when it's running on gas it's actually 30rpm less.
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The completed unit.
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I've used this a couple of times since the conversion and it has been quick to start and runs strong. The advantage is that with this kit, I can run gas, LP or NG. I think it was a worthwhile investment.
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#2
Another great idea!
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#3
That's awesome I'd rep ya again but it says I'd done for the day.
EDR
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#4
BTW guys, Hurricane season has started, and every year when some storm is predicted to head up the coast and into the bay people start flooding the forums asking where they can buy a generator. When the storm is a day away, that's not the time to be asking where you can find one.

It was really quite funny last year when the storm was heading this way, lots of people asking about them, but then after the storm passed, the interest in generators waned. There's too many grasshoppers out there, not enough ants.
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#5
I don't run mine often enough and I've had problems with it's fuel system in the past I can't wait to convert it over. I wonder how large a propane bottle you can get for them because my generator is a 15kw and I don't think a 30lb tank will last very long.
EDR
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#6
I have some 100# bottles stored here, as well as a few 20# bottles. You can get very large tanks installed on site that would need a truck to come and fill them. If you're looking to convert one of that site, it would probably be best to contact the company directly with the make/model number of the generator to make sure they get the exact kit that you need.
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#7
Why did you need the tach? Can you change the running speed on yours, mine is all automatic depending on the load.
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#8
Mostly the Tach is there because it's also an Hour Meter. I actually ended up with two of them, so I put one on my snow blower too. I might order another one to put on my High Speed Light Weight Urban Tactical Assault Vehicle.
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(09-07-2012, 11:19 PM)streaker69 Wrote: Mostly the Tach is there because it's also an Hour Meter. I actually ended up with two of them, so I put one on my snow blower too. I might order another one to put on my High Speed Light Weight Urban Tactical Assault Vehicle.
Awesome I want one too, I'm still just not sure why. Big Grin
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#10
Hey streaker. I was talking to a friend of mine who works as an HVAC guy and he told me that a 20# bottle would not work on a generator, because it would freeze up the regulator from the large volume of fuel that flows. He said I would need a 100# bottle to make it work. Have you used a 20# bottle for a long time period? I would not want to find out in an emergency that the 20's would not work.
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