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generator natural gas conversion?

Has anybody ever messed with converting a small gasoline-powered generator to natural gas power? Seems the gas never goes out when a hurricane goes by, and it wouldn't gum up and get hard to start when only used sporadically. Not to mention you'd never have to run out and buy fresh gasoline when the gougers are in full bloom.

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Generator natural gas conversion

http://www.propane-generators.com/,check this out ,they seem to have anything you would need.
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You might go visit our sister site www.ozrodders.com they build a lot of their rods using LP & Natural gas.











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Has anybody ever messed with converting a small gasoline-powered generator to natural gas power? Seems the gas never goes out when a hurricane goes by, and it wouldn't gum up and get hard to start when only used sporadically. Not to mention you'd never have to run out and buy fresh gasoline when the gougers are in full bloom.
Great question and one that I never thought of because of not having a need I guess, however, we have four sons that are running generators right now because of Ike and I have sent the link below to them for future reference.
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http://www.propane-generators.com/,check this out ,they seem to have anything you would need.
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I installed a kit on my neighbors generator right after Gustav and it works great.Very simple install.
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Nat Gas powered Generator

easy conversion - works VERY well. One small word of caution for those of us who live on the left-hand-side of the map of N America - In a 'quake, Nat gas is about the first thing to go! Lines break everywhere!

For those in the rest of Canada or USA, Nat gas powered generators are THE way to go!
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I installed a kit on my neighbors generator right after Gustav and it works great.Very simple install.
where did you get the kit? Is it a propane/natural gas conversion kit?
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Great question and one that I never thought of because of not having a need I guess, however, we have four sons that are running generators right now because of Ike and I have sent the link below to them for future reference.
Thank you both.

Due to where I live(about 3 miles as the crow flies)from the gulf of Mexico having a generator is a necessity ,with the amount of hurricanes and pissed off thunder storms we have you never know when you are going to lose power. I have two generators one gas only and one gas /propane.The gas /propane one was given to me by and elderly gentleman for fixing his large generator(50 KW) that was used to run his whole home as his wife and mother had health problems and had to be in a controlled environment .With out the propane generators we would not had power as there was no gas to be had .I am going to add a gas /propane kit to my other generator so I can go either way.This is something that anyone that has back up generators should consider ,as propane does not "go bad",does not need a pump to get it to the engine and is clean burning,making the engine oil last longer.
I had the link that I posted in post #2 because I was looking for a kit to convert this one.
The kits are easy to install and operate and are not that expensive ,at least the ones that I have found.
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dumb question - - - your indulgence please

when you have the gas/propane kit installed do you still have to worry about sour gas or will the propane just take over when needed????
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A hotel project I finished 1 1/2 years ago had a natural gas generator. It was purchased new that way, never did take an opportunity to look at it very close.
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dumb question - - - your indulgence please

when you have the gas/propane kit installed do you still have to worry about sour gas or will the propane just take over when needed????

Not dumb at all, that is a good question. On mine I just run it on propane when I 'm powering the house,but when we take it portable I run it on gas ,it's just easier to handle . It can be started on gas and switched to propane or started on propane and run as is,the one i have does not auto switch from one to the other and I don't recall ever seeing or hearing of one that does. But it's not a issue you just start it on the one you want to use and do your thing . On Nat gas I helped a friend hook one up in a permanent installation and all you do on it is just start it and let er run.
I know this probably won't apply to you guy's up north but this is what I did after Ivan hit us(eye wall passed with in a mile of my house) I had a 5000 watt gen and 4500 watt and it seams like every time the power goes out it in the hot weather season and it is hard to sleep with the heat,so I bought a 5000 BTU window ac unit ,put it in the window of our bedroom and hooked the 4500 unit to it. Shut the bed room door and sleep like a baby!!!
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I have to ask my neighbor,he bought the kit and when he realized he needed help he came to me. His kit does away with gasoline but there is a kit for both.
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I do know that the permanent house Genny's will "cycle themselves like once a month .
They start & run & go back to sleep.

There were a bunch of generator business that popped up right after the 04 stuff & most has fizzled out , Especially with the housing market the way it is.


In 04 I have a little window banger I put in the front & with all the box fans I had got the house to dry out & stay cool in a day & a half but the house is small.

But I could take a hot shower & do wash !




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This is where my neighbor got his kit. US Carburetion INC. 416 Main ST. Summersville,WV 26651-1319 Phone # (304) 872-7098.
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Anyone have any idea how long a generator would run on a 20lb barbeque size tank of LP? Mine runs about eight hours on 5 gallons of gasoline. That gets to be pretty expensive. I can get a 20lb LP tank filled for around $14...
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