Propane Gas Generator
Propane Gas GeneratorThe propane gas generator is used as permanent standby generators and in places where availability of standard fuel supply is limited. The primary disadvantage of propane is that it is a more expensive fuel than gas and it produces less energy per unit volume than diesel. Once you get past those issues, propane generators makes good sense.
If you are already using propane gas for cooking, heating or other uses, upgrading to a propane generator will be a cinch. If you live in a cold weather climate, the propane generator makes for a surefire back up generator because it has no problem starting up in cold weather or condensation.
Disadvantages of Using a Propane Generator
Fuel system is complicated
Higher installation costs due to plumbing costs
Large fuel tanks are unsightly
Fuel is somewhat expensive
Propane generator has a shorter life span than a diesel generator
If lines are broken, propane can become extremely dangerous
Around 20 degrees above zero, propane begins to derate
Initial cost of propane generator is higher than gas
Advantages of Using a Propane Generator
- Propane fuel has a long shelf life
- Propane fuel does not gum up
- Propane fuel burns clean
- Propane generators don’t experience wet stacking like diesel generators
- Can connect to both large and smaller propane tanks
- Lower engine noise level than other generators
- Can connect to your natural gas pipeline
- Starts better in cold weather
- Propane fuel can be obtained during power outages
- Has longer uninterrupted run times
- Clean burning fuel
- Gives you longer engine life
Something Special About the Makita Propane Generator
We’ve got some good news for you; the folks at Makita generators provide an ingenious feature we felt was worth mentioning. They have a do-it-yourself change over kit that allows you to run your Makita gas generator on propane fuel or on natural gas or on regular gas. How about that for a feature?
That means, in the event that an outage or catastrophe cause one fuel or even two types of fuel to be unavailable, you can revert to fuel that is available. And the fact that the kit is a do-it-yourselfer, you can make the change from gas to propane or from propane to natural gas without the assistance of a technician or an expert.