Tri Fuel Generator - All Other - Open Discussions - Long Island Firearms

Jump to content


Welcome to Long Island Firearms, Long Island's premier source for news and education!

Welcome to Long Island Firearms, like most online communities you must register to view or post in our community, but don't worry this is a simple free process that requires minimal information for you to signup. Be a part of Long Island Firearms by signing in or creating an account. You also have the ability to login with your facebook or twitter account. See the icons in the upper right hand corner.
  • Start new topics and reply to others
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Customize your experience here
Get the latest facts on the new NY SAFE gun laws that effect you!

Photo

Tri Fuel Generator


  • Please log in to reply
52 replies to this topic

#1 Short Track Hunter

Short Track Hunter

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 1141 posts

Posted April 06 2018 - 07:30 AM

I know a bunch of you guys have tri-fuel gen sets. How long does a 20lb BBQ tank last? Say a 7500 watt genny, doing an average size house in Nassau County.

Seems it's easier to store propane than drums of gasoline.

# Advertisement

Advertisement

Posted A minute ago



#2 rlitman

rlitman

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 2172 posts
  • LocationBellmore

Posted April 06 2018 - 08:57 AM

Figure that you’ll get almost as much power out of a 20lb BBQ tank as 4 gallons of gas.

#3 stuc

stuc

    Respected Gunowner

  • Donated Member
  • 134 posts
  • LocationLI

Posted April 06 2018 - 09:00 AM

Propane is ~75% the efficiency of gasoline. But you cant calculate a direct conversion factor. Here is some good info: Based on these numbers you'll get ~4 hours, but temperature and actual load play a factor. In any case, 20lb tanks are not the way to go for any outage longer than a few hours.


  • rlitman likes this

#4 zzrguy

zzrguy

    That Guy

  • Administrators
  • Others: Club LIF Member

  • 11492 posts
  • LocationIn a dark corner in the center of my happy place.

Posted April 06 2018 - 04:28 PM

Ok what does tri fuel mean 

gasoline propane 

diesel 

Natural gas.



#5 stokes

stokes

    Respected Gunowner

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 111 posts
  • LocationNYS

Posted April 06 2018 - 04:38 PM

I've got a 8500 watt gas/propane.According to the manual it should get 8hrs from a full tank of gas and 7 hrs from a 20lb propane tank.I have 4 tanks on hand.I doubt it will get the full 7hrs stated,but I hope for about 5.The great thing about propane is not having to run it occasionally to keep the carbs clear or drain it from time to time to get the old gas out.Mine has never had gasoline and I dont plan to ever use gas,just propane.


  • Parashooter likes this

#6 pgarguil

pgarguil

    Marksman

  • Donated Member
  • 79 posts
  • LocationSuffolk

Posted April 06 2018 - 05:03 PM

Ok what does tri fuel mean 

gasoline propane 

diesel 

Natural gas.

Not Diesel.  Gasoline - Propane - Natural Gas


  • Parashooter likes this

#7 the blur

the blur

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 2959 posts

Posted April 06 2018 - 05:41 PM

For those that have them. Did you convert them, or buy them tri-fuel ?

#8 zzrguy

zzrguy

    That Guy

  • Administrators
  • Others: Club LIF Member

  • 11492 posts
  • LocationIn a dark corner in the center of my happy place.

Posted April 06 2018 - 06:36 PM

Not Diesel.  Gasoline - Propane - Natural Gas

I thought so thanks. 

 

I've been thinking about getting  8500 or higher Genny. 



#9 pgarguil

pgarguil

    Marksman

  • Donated Member
  • 79 posts
  • LocationSuffolk

Posted April 06 2018 - 07:24 PM

I bought mine online.  I just use it for the natural gas input.  Never put gasoline in it yet.



#10 Undrwtr1

Undrwtr1

    Respected Gunowner

  • Club LIF Member
  • Others: Donated Member

  • 297 posts
  • LocationNassau County, NY

Posted April 07 2018 - 07:41 AM

Did my own conversion - US Carb. Ran it on gasoline a few hours when new, now only on natural gas. Quick disconnect near meter with 15’ hose and connection to main panel with the panel manufacturers interlock cover. Wayyyyyy cheaper than dedicated standby and runs basically everything except central AC.
  • Blade21 likes this

#11 fenucho

fenucho

    Gun Guru

  • Club LIF Member
  • 1290 posts
  • LocationAdirondaks

Posted April 07 2018 - 02:49 PM

A 20 lb tank is not really good for that big of a generator. Something to do with the rate of boil off from liquid to gas state.

 

A 100lb tank will get you about 4 days worth if you're only producing 1/2 power.

 

Also, unless you're getting your tank refilled, you're only getting 15lb's with an exchange.



#12 the blur

the blur

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 2959 posts

Posted April 07 2018 - 04:59 PM

I figure refill at a propane station is 20lbs. vs the Home Depot 15lbs.
Keep 5 tanks on hand... just to run a freezer.

#13 zzrguy

zzrguy

    That Guy

  • Administrators
  • Others: Club LIF Member

  • 11492 posts
  • LocationIn a dark corner in the center of my happy place.

Posted April 07 2018 - 10:49 PM

Men Im going to start lookingt his week.



#14 Nordon

Nordon

    Gun Guru

  • Donated Member
  • 6507 posts
  • LocationEast Northport, not far from Brooklyn

Posted April 08 2018 - 07:04 AM

For those that have them. Did you convert them, or buy them tri-fuel ?


I converted mine, took me 30 mins, simple.

#15 the blur

the blur

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 2959 posts

Posted April 08 2018 - 06:49 PM

I converted mine, took me 30 mins, simple.


What's involved in the conversion ?

#16 Undrwtr1

Undrwtr1

    Respected Gunowner

  • Topic Starter
  • Club LIF Member
  • Others: Donated Member

  • 297 posts
  • LocationNassau County, NY

Posted April 09 2018 - 06:51 AM

http://uscarb.com

It is easy. Google US Carb conversion.

#17 Short Track Hunter

Short Track Hunter

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 1141 posts

Posted April 09 2018 - 09:32 AM

These generators. Just how variable speed are they ? Do they reduce speed, and use less fuel with less load ?

How important are the perfect sin wave generators ?

#18 Incognito

Incognito

    Gun Guru

  • Topic Starter
  • Club LIF Member
  • 2018 posts
  • LocationSmithtown, NY

Posted April 09 2018 - 09:59 AM

This is the way to go if you have natural gas in your home.

I needed a bigger gas meter, permits, inspections and an plumber.



#19 Short Track Hunter

Short Track Hunter

    Gun Guru

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 1141 posts

Posted April 09 2018 - 11:00 AM

I spoke to US carb.
They recommend nothing larger than a 3500 watt genny on a 20 lb BBQ size tank.

Otherwise the tank will freeze over as it draws propane from the tank.

This is a major problem to my large genny plan.
  • 2edgesword likes this

#20 stokes

stokes

    Respected Gunowner

  • Established Member + Classifieds
  • 111 posts
  • LocationNYS

Posted April 09 2018 - 12:21 PM

I got the 8500 watt on the recommendation of the electrician that wired my box for it.He says it will run everything but the AC's.I just looked over the manuals for it and it says 20lb is fine,just wont last as long as a larger tank.Nothing about "freezing over".






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users