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Old 02-25-2014, 08:30 PM   #21
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My stand by generator runs on LP----13KW
It fired up the other night when the storm knocked out our power. Ran off and on for about 14 hrs.
Sure was a nice cozy feeling to hear that thing purring away out there.
I bet that is nice.
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To me, it doesn't seem too expensive at all. And access to LP over gas at a campground is a good motivator.
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There seems to be a little confusing info here.
A 20# tank of LP costs in the range of $20--$25 in my area. A gal. of high test gasoline is roughly $4.
If that genny that was talked about previously burns a 20# tank of LP in 9 hours, I think that is a lot of fuel compared to a gal. to a gal.and a half of gasoline being burned by the Honda.
As far as the access to LP at a campground---if you are at a campground that has LP available, you really shouldn't need it for the genny because I would think they would also have electricity there.




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To me, it doesn't seem too expensive at all. And access to LP over gas at a campground is a good motivator.
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I have been researching that. Thinking of changing my emergency generator to LP. Less hassle with stale gas/varnish issues, ethanol, etc. Anyone here done it?
I converted an Onan 4000 to propane when the carb plugged up. The conversion was cheaper than a replacement carb. (290 vs 500). I had no problems with it. Easy installation and worked well. It would run a 13.5 AC all night on a 20lb propane tank and still be running when shut down, with propane left. Not the same as a stationary but the conversion would be the same.

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There seems to be a little confusing info here.
A 20# tank of LP costs in the range of $20--$25 in my area. A gal. of high test gasoline is roughly $4.
If that genny that was talked about previously burns a 20# tank of LP in 9 hours, I think that is a lot of fuel compared to a gal. to a gal.and a half of gasoline being burned by the Honda.
As far as the access to LP at a campground---if you are at a campground that has LP available, you really shouldn't need it for the genny because I would think they would also have electricity there.
No confusion to me. The Onan 4000 I converted burned about the same amount of propane or gasoline when powering a A/C. Propane at the time was less than $2/gal and gas was $4. With the current prices it's about the same but propane doesn't gum up a carb and is easier to haul around, at least to me.
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Cliff, reread my post a little closer.
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I did, several times. There is no mention of size or load on the post about the Champion. Nor did you say what unit you had but with the 1.5g tank probably a 2000. A distinct lack of information.

I stated my Onan 4000 running a 13,500k AC burned about the same amount of propane as it did gasoline with the same load. Apple to apple. When propane was cheaper it was a no-brainer.
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Went to a home show this weekend in the DC area...Generac had an exhibit and was touting the new LP series portable generators. they are supposed to be quieter and the LP is said to allow the genny to run up to 9hrs (20#tank). Would like to hear one run, but I like the idea of no extra gas cans around, (TV is a diesel, so I would not have a need for a gas can anyway).
Cliff, maybe this will help, as this was what I was referring to.
I should have maybe been more specific.
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Ok, where in that post does it state the generator size and the load conditions under which it will run for 9 hours? The same for your 1.5g for 9 hours? Size and load?
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It doesn't state that any place in the post and that's not what I was getting at. I can plainly see you and I are not communicating very well with each other and maybe we should just stop trying.
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What are you trying to get at?

I merely pointed out you didn't have enough info to say your generator ran for 9 hours on 1.5 g of gas and was therefore more efficient. And your generator is a ???? and under what load will it run for 9 hours?
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Let's just continue on with the topic of the thread "Champion Generator."

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You say you have a 13KV generator. I am courious as to how much propane it would use in an 8 hour period. I understand it depends on the load.
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1.5 gal. Ducking and running
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