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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.

  • 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
  • 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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Propane Storage for Preppers and Its Advantages.

propanePropane is a by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining; it is commonly used as a fuel for engines, barbecues, portable stoves, residential heating and can be used for lighting.  I consider propane the best fuel to store in bulk.  It is the safest, easiest to store and has a very long shelf life.  Propane will last as long as the container remains intact.

Propane is stored as a liquid when under pressure in the tanks.  Upon being released to the atmosphere, it vaporizes into a gas.  While it is the safest fuel to store, it still has a certain degree of danger. …

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What happens When Your Propane System Fails and How do You Prevent It?

My old friend Freezedryguy http://www.freezedryguy.com/, the well-known food supplier who deals in Mountain house and other products called me this morning.  He is visiting friends at an undisclosed location in one of our cold states.  The people that he is visiting are preppers and are in pretty good shape.  But this morning they ran out of propane.  It appears that their system has developed a leak.

Now because there are well prepared, this was a mere inconvenience, they fired up the old Earth stove and soon had heat.  But he was telling me that because they believe in the old saying, one is none, two is one that they are now ordering a second propane tank. …

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Converting a Coleman Stove to Use 5 Gallon Tanks of Propane.

If you have a Coleman stove that works on the small propane canisters, you can readily adapt it to work off a five- gallon propane tank.  This lets you run your stove almost 20 times longer without refueling.  It takes a simple adapter that is sold by Coleman for $9.99.  The adapter goes between the hose and the tank.  You can also get an 8 ft hose so that your propane tank can be set further from the stove.

It is cheaper to buy your propane in the larger tanks.  The main advantage of the small tanks is ease of movement. …

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The Safe Storage of Gasoline

With all the talk about generators lately, it is time to talk about safely storing fuel.  The majority of generators are gasoline powered.  A few are powered on tri fuel (propane, natural gas or gasoline) a few are on just propane or natural gas.  If you look at my blogs for the last week you will find a post on tri fuel generators.

The safest fuel to store is propane.  Just be sure and keep the bottle in the upright position.  Remember when you decide where to store the tanks, leaking propane is heavier than air and flows downhill like water.…

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The Storage of Propane

I consider propane the best fuel to store in bulk.  Large tanks (1000 gallons or larger) are readily available and are easy to get filled.  There are very few regulations on its residential storage.  It is stored in the tank as a liquid under pressure.  When the pressure is released it turns into a heavier than air gas.

The big consideration when deciding where to place your tank is the terrain.  Propane gas being heavier than air will flow downhill like water in case of a leak.  Place your tank downhill from your residence and other important locations if possible.  I have seen it flow downhill and accumulate under a building until it reached an ignition source. …

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Several of my friends who are sort of preppers have bought generators for emergency use. Myself I do not consider generators a high priority. It comes behind food, bandages, and self-defense. While a generator is great for short-term power outages, for long-term use it has some problems. For many of us money is a problem and we must set priorities.

I know people who have spent a thousand or more dollars on a generator and have 5 gallons of fuel on a good day. This money could have been put to better use buying food etc. Depending on where you live the use of generators may be limited by their noise and light.…

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