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Propane-Powered Generators: Are They the Best Choice?

Propane Powered Generators-Recently I was asked the following question by someone who wants to install a 5000-watt generator to run their home in case of a power failure:

What is the best choice for fuel, propane, gasoline or diesel?

This reader is leaning towards getting a propane-powered generator. The choices are confusing, and a guide like this one can help the newcomer to the world of generators make the best choice.

I have been doing some research on the subject and here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of all three fuels for generators: gasoline, diesel, and propane.

Gasoline:
  • Advantages:
    •  Easily obtained
    •  Portable in small containers
  • Disadvantages:
    • Highly flammable
    • Short shelf life of fuel (approximately 12 months)
    • Storing large quantities of fuel is hazardous
    • May not be available during power outages
Diesel:
  • Advantages:
    • Least flammable fuel source
    • Fuel easily obtained (fuel is easier to obtain during a disaster because it is a necessary fuel for the military, trucking industry, and farming operations)
    • On site fuel delivery available
    • Designed for off-road applications and can operate on dyed or farm/construction diesel fuel which is sold without the road tax and thus is considerably cheaper to purchase.
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The Importance of Multiple Fuels in Your SHTF Cooking Plans

Fuel SHTF Cooking Heating Plans (1)In our household, we have a Sun Oven and a Solavore, SilverFire and StoveTec rocket stoves, and a dual-fuel Coleman stove, which uses both unleaded gasoline and Coleman fuel. I have the supplies for putting together an improvised cement block rocket stove, and a backyard full of trees, pinecones, and leaves. We purposely chose a gas stove for our home in order to have the ability to cook in a power outage.

In the emergency cooking department, we have numerous bases covered. Looking at these different types of stoves, it’s not enough to just have alternative cooking methods. You also need to make sure each one uses different types of fuels.…

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The Solo Stove, A Great Choice for Your Bug Out Bag

Solos Stove

The Solo Stove with it’s cup and  windscreen

It is not often, I write a second post about a product, but in this case, I am making an exception.  I love the Solo Stove  it is small compact and very efficient.  For many years, I worked as an arson investigator and I understand the science of combustion.  This is a stove that is well designed and makes very efficient use of the available fuel.

It is very easy to gather up the small sticks and twigs you need to cook with the Solo Stove.  One of its big advantages is that it is not a fuel hog. …

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The Survivor Rocket Stove is the Greatest.

Survivor Rocket stove

The new stove

Earlier this year while I attended the Utah Prepare Conference and Expo, put on by the Utah State University Extension programs.  While there, I had to look at many new developments in new preparedness products.  One thing that particularly drew my attention was the Survivor Rocket Stove made by Silverfire.  Now I have encounter Silverfore’s product in the past and have found them to be excellent.  Here is a review I did of The SilverFire Scout Biomass Stove is very Efficient

Todd Albi the owner of Silverfire has several different cooking and heating products on the market.…

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Propane-Powered Motors from Gasoline, an Easy Conversion.

propane-powered motors

Here is a tri fuel convertion

In the past, I have posted several articles on running propane-powered generators.  I have converted two of mine to run on tri fuel (gasoline, propane or natural gas).  The conversions were easy to accomplish and I am by no stretch of imagination a mechanic.  They could be converted with a minimum of tools. The same thing applies to many different types of small motors.  Propane-powered motors are almost as efficient as gasoline and propane is much easier to store.

The generators that I converted used two different systems, both of which worked well.  Here are links to blogs I wrote about the conversions Tri Fuel Generator Conversions from Central Maine Diesel and Century Fuel Products Tri Fuel Generator Conversions.

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Off Grid Cooking for Long Term Emergencies

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A single burner Butterfly Stove

A few days ago, I wrote about our kitchen being flooded out.  As a result, we have not been able to do much cooking in the house.  So we figured this was a good time to experiment with off grid cooking.  Now my last trip to Utah I had brought back a new solar oven made by Gosun (See the ad on the right side of this page) and a new rocket stove made by Silverfire.  This was a great time to test them.  In a few days, I will write a more detailed review of both of these products.…

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Century Fuel Products Tri Fuel Generator Conversions.

tri fuel generator

Here is the generator with the air cleaner removed, ready for the new gas valve to be installed.

The other day I converted a Honda Eu2000 into a tri fuel generator.  Now this is the second time, I have converted one and I am no mechanic, if I can do it anyone can.  Now a tri fuel generator runs on gasoline, propane and natural gas. Natural gas may be available for a period of time after electricity fails. Propane stores indefinitely and gasoline may be available at times.  With the ability to run on all three fuels you have a better chance of finding fuel in an emergency.…

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Gasoline Usage and Bug Out Routes

gasoline usage

Dont be caught like this

Recently we went on a trip that included travels through Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon.  It was great trip and we enjoyed it greatly.  Everyday we posted the blog from whereever we were located.  These trips always give us time to talk and come up with new ideas to share with you such as keeping track of gasoline usage.

For some time we have been keeping track of how many gallons of gasoline it takes to reach different locations.  For instance, I know that with a full tank of gas in my vehicle I need an extra three five-gallon cans of gasoline to reach my daughters house. …

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Siphoning Gasoline from Newer Vehicles without Damaging Them

siphoningThe other day I received this e-mail on siphoning gas from cars.  “While doing some maintenance work on my gasoline powered electrical generator the thought struck me that back in the old days, and  in case of an emergency, one could always siphon gasoline out of their car’s gasoline tank and use it to run things like generators.  However, that seems to be not the case nowadays.  I tried inserting a conventional siphon hose into my tank but it “bottomed-out” on some obstruction before it touched any gasoline. I looked under the hood of my car (2001 Toyota Highlander) for a place where I could tie into my fuel line.…

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Fuel Stabilizer for Small Motors.

fuel stabilizerSince we have been on the subject of mothballing and maintaining small engines. I decided that now was a good time to talk about fuel stabilizers.  Yesterday I started a mothballed motor that had been in storage for several years without any major problems.  However, I am sure that somewhere somebody is having a problem with their motor and old fuels.

If you use fuel stabilizers in your stored fuels on a routine basis, you will greatly reduce your changes of a problem.  What has happened to me in the past is that I buy some fuel with the intentions of using it right away. …

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