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    Man, a backup generator sure is nice

    Hanging out at my in-laws lake house and a bigly storm just started. Power went out for 2 seconds and then came back on, no one else’s lights are on. They have an out side back up generator that runs off nat-gas. Very nice.


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    If I had one, I'd have to run it on propane. No natural gas out here. House is all electric and water is provided via well. I do have a generator and I got it ready to run when Harvey threatened the power grid, but we only got a deluge of rain, not a whole lot of wind. Once the gas runs out, I'm on my own. It'll last a bit over 48 hours. I know this from previous hurricanes.
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    My Mom had one of those installed a few years ago. ...convenient for her and a li'l more peace of mind for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    If I had one, I'd have to run it on propane. No natural gas out here. House is all electric and water is provided via well. I do have a generator and I got it ready to run when Harvey threatened the power grid, but we only got a deluge of rain, not a whole lot of wind. Once the gas runs out, I'm on my own. It'll last a bit over 48 hours. I know this from previous hurricanes.
    Unless you've got one of those newfangled cars with the antisiphon tank, get a cheap hose and siphon gas to feed the generator.

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    We have a 14KW backup generator that runs on propane but it backs up the solar array and charges the house batteries. No utility power here, we’re off grid, so no power outages. Solar certainly has its advantages, but has its drawbacks too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    Unless you've got one of those newfangled cars with the antisiphon tank, get a cheap hose and siphon gas to feed the generator.
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    I've got my main panel wired for a generator so all I do is plug the cord into the box and generator. We tend to lose power for anywhere from a day up to over a week depending on the problem and how wide spread. My generator currently gas but I'm thinking about changing over to propane and hooking it into my 375 gal main tank.
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    I don't have an automatic one but I have a new 10,000 Watt generator that runs off of gas or propane. Works beautifully. Haven't had a single power outage since I bought it!
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    I was looking at those storm cells running roughshod over TX, OK, KS, AR, and MO...you folks hunker down and stay safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    If I had one, I'd have to run it on propane. No natural gas out here. House is all electric and water is provided via well. I do have a generator and I got it ready to run when Harvey threatened the power grid, but we only got a deluge of rain, not a whole lot of wind. Once the gas runs out, I'm on my own. It'll last a bit over 48 hours. I know this from previous hurricanes.
    Actually, I might prefer a propane setup even though NG is available here. For one thing, propane is a lot easier on the motor but whatever causes a catastrophic power outage, may interrupt gas service too. A manifold system would allow for multiple bottles. Two 100# jugs'd last quite awhile and most compressed gas companies will deliver. We've had some long utility outages here due to floods, tornados and microbursts but I don't recall there ever bein' a problem gettin' propane. The downside is that in cold climates, it'll freeze-up much faster than NG.
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