Tri fuel generator

Tri fuel generator

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    Tri fuel generator

    Looking for a good Tri fuel portable generator for home backup...gasoline, propane or natural gas. Would normally be run on NG but like to have other options.

    Online searches turn up little unless I’m not looking in the right places.

    Suggestions welcome!
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    Propane to Natural gas are pretty easy to switch. Mainly just the difference in fuel pressure that needs to be addressed (different jets, regulator, etc.).

    My neighbor just picked up a military surplus multi-fuel gen-set.
    Four generators on a mobile chassis completely self contained.
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    Be careful if going with a natural gas model! In my coastal Gulf Coast area the the first thing that happens before the hurricane arrives is the gas utility company shuts off the gas supply for safety reasons! A large propane tank is better at least in my area. Just my .02 worth!
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    Here are a few sources:

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    Hope it helps.
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    You might call these guys, as they're close to you.

    https://www.generatorsupercenter.com/
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    Yeah, I would forego the natural gas...propane rules in backup generators in my area and there are never problem associated with getting it. But, if you want 3 fuels...hey, go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    Be careful if going with a natural gas model! In my coastal Gulf Coast area the the first thing that happens before the hurricane arrives is the gas utility company shuts off the gas supply for safety reasons! A large propane tank is better at least in my area. Just my .02 worth!
    We’re in Spring, about 30ish miles north of Houston. My family here went through Harvey, and didn’t lose power or natural gas. However, flooding in the surrounding area kept them home bound for a week. Hence my desire for natural gas...might not be able to get out of the neighborhood for refueling gasoline or propane. Hopefully we’re far enough away from the coast.

    Storage of enough propane is a problem, and gasoline is hazardous and goes bad after a while. We had a gasoline generator at my old home, and rotating the fuel supply was a pain. And if power goes out, gas stations can’t pump gas even if they have it...if you can even get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete63 View Post
    You might call these guys, as they're close to you.

    https://www.generatorsupercenter.com/
    Awesome, thanks. Will call them today.

    Edit - they only install the expensive standby units, not portables. Thanks anyway
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    I went with a propane generator because of so many issues with gasoline storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Awesome, thanks. Will call them today.

    Edit - they only install the expensive standby units, not portables. Thanks anyway
    No problem. I've not stopped in there, to see the inventory. Just knew they were close, as I pass by there all the time when traveling to town. They also advertise a lot locally. Just thought they might carry what you needed.
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    I have seen the Generac like the one I had installed about 4 years ago.
    20 K output, and is driven by Natural gas
    Works like a charm. Can be adapted to Propane in minutes if a person follows directions in owners handbook.
    Mine does an auto check and run up then back down once a month.
    Conversion needs to be done by qualified service person, or owner following instructions.
    A little spendy, but to have my water well working, and heaters working will help with depression.
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