How to Start a Propane Generator
A propane generator is basically a machine which works on the very same principle as other generators; by converting the electrical energy produced in the fuel/oxygen tank through a nozzle, to produce power. So, basically, the only main difference lays in the use of special carburetors which are specifically designed for this purpose. They are then connected to a storage tank or to an external supply line. The stored energy is then converted into mechanical energy and converted into propane through the nozzle.
There are three types of propane generators. These include the portable type (which is most common), small unit and large tank type. You can store up to two liters of fuel in a tank of a portable propane generator. This is enough to power your lights and other essential appliances when you need them. However, it is not sufficient to run heavy machinery and home heating system as the amount of fuel needs to be added.
Smaller propane generators run on a single cylindrical fuel tank. In case of a power outage, one cylinder will be running. One cylinder is connected to the lighter, which releases the fumes into the atmosphere. The process of mixing the gas and air causes the combination of propane and the gasses produces by the gasoline. Thus, the more the air and the more the propane used, the less likely it is that you will have a power outage. You may also need to buy accessories for your generator such as spark plugs and fuel gauge.
Large tanks are usually placed in a place where there will be no interference with the functioning of the electric equipment. One advantage of having a huge tank is that you can store enough gas for your entire household. For a complete self-sufficient system, propane generators should be kept in areas that are remote and in such places where they won’t be disturbed by vehicles or people. In rural areas away from towns, you can use natural gas as the sole fuel. In urban areas however, propane is the more common source of power as it burns cleaner than gasoline.
Another tip is to keep the gas in a closed cylinder. For this, you can use steel cylinders or wire drums. These can be placed in strategic areas so as to prevent other elements from contaminating the gas. A closed cylinder propane generators will also help you from smelling and inhaling fumes since the fumes are contained within the tank itself.
In case of a power outage, you can also use compressed air in case the electricity fails to function. However, for home usage, compressed air will do. There are no fumes and it is also safe for the environment. Just ensure that you store enough compressed air in case of a power outage.
When it comes to propane generators, safety is of utmost importance. This is why it’s important to ensure that the fuel tank is tightly secured and capped. The cap ensures that the fuel won’t escape and go to waste. The cap also acts as a sort of “salt” so the gases won’t corrode over time. If you’re using an older unit, it’s best to replace it with a newer model with safety features.
The last tip you can use is to make sure that the wheels are not too large or heavy. A small propane generator won’t have sufficient power to move around quickly or easily. It might take a bit of time before it starts up. It’s also important that the wheels are fixed firmly on the ground and are not too big or heavy to help move it around faster. With the slow running time of these generators, this is especially important.