Watching the mess on the east coast and the people in long lines for gas has made me stop and think about my own preps. So I decided to take action and evaluate my own fuel situation. Like most people, gasoline storage is always a problem for me. While I do have a limited amount of gasoline stored, space, local laws and shelve life prevent me from storing what I would like.
So this morning I decided to partly solve the problem. The first thing I did was to contact Central Maine Diesel a company that comes highly recommended. http://www.generatorsales.com/used-generators.asp They are a major supplier of tri-fuel carburetors for generators. You can purchase new already altered generators or have your carburetor converted. Your generator will then run on natural gas, propane or gasoline.
Propane is much easier to store and has no shelve life limitations. Natural gas is often still available thought your utility company lines even if the power is out. I plan to make a hookup so that I can connect a generator directly into my homes natural gas system to use if gas is still available.
To get the carburetor of an existing generator converted you need to send the carburetor to them for conversion. Just remove the carburetor, ship it to them, and reattach it when it is returned to you. The whole process takes about two weeks and including shipping will cost me approximately Just under $200.
I notice that most big facilities like hospitals have converted their generators to propane, because of fuel storage problems. Propane also has the advantage of being cheaper than gasoline and I am sure many of you already have large propane storage tanks. The one disadvantage of propane is that the engine produces about 10% less power. But I think this is a good trade off. I am going to convert mine.
There are kits available on the internet for you to convert your own carburetors, they are a bit cheaper. Me I am not that good a mechanic, I want mine done right so I am going to pay the extra to have it done right.