Message from discussion Installation Cost of Nat Gas Generator?
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Subject: Re: Installation Cost of Nat Gas Generator?
From: Han <nob...@nospam.not>
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Date: 17 Nov 2012 14:52:56 GMT
"HeyBub" <hey...@NOSPAMgmail.com> wrote in
> trad...@optonline.net wrote:
>> A pile of gas cans is not a small problem. Even with stabilizer
>> added, it only lasts so long. How long depends
>> on how lucky you feel. So, you still have a bunch of gas
>> cans to manage. You can also siphon it out of your cars,
>> but that's no fun either. I'd probably go with a natural gas
>> portable. I've seen 5KW or so ones for $2,000 with a
>> Honda Engine. You could also get a conversion kit and
>> a gasoline generator and make one yourself for about
>> half that. Some kits allow use of 3 fuels and you can
>> switch back and forth between gasonline, propane, nat
>> gas. Overall, one of those approaches sound better
>> than a Generac standby to me.
> There's another strategy that mitigates the problem of managing gas
> Have ONE five-gallon can full of gas and ten or more empty ones.
> If you have a local outage - say a pole gets knocked down - the five
> gallons should provide enough slack such that you can fetch more from
> a station outside the black-out zone.
> If, on the other hand, wide-spread outage is possible, such as the
> warnings over Sandy or a hurricane entering the Gulf, you'll have
> ample warning to fill all the cans you have.
That would be my thinking. FWIW, Sandy has shown that something needs to
be done to insure a supply of gasoline to gas stations, plus gas stations
will need to have generators ...
Hereabouts, the story is that someone came to his regular gas station,
and asked for gas. Gas station guy said I have gas, but no power.
Customer says, I'll loan you my generators, be right back. Result: Long
lines at that gas station.
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