Dual fuel is great idea. If you have a BBQ grill run on propane, it's an extra fuel source to scavenge should the need arise.I would get dual fuel generators though: LP/ gas
It seems from my research LP is more efficient for a generator. Also easier to keep LP on hand long term than gas. In my case as I mentioned a camper, campers can easily carry 2 propane tanks, only one can be hooked up to trailer at a time, so the 2nd take run it into the generator. If one actually has a large LP tank on their property (some people do) I would assume there’s a way to run a line for a generator.Dual fuel is great idea. If you have a BBQ grill run on propane, it's an extra fuel source to scavenge should the need arise.
IIRC a dual fuel generator will put out about 15% less power when running on propane or natural gas. This should be a factor when choosing the size of the generator.Dual fuel is great idea. If you have a BBQ grill run on propane, it's an extra fuel source to scavenge should the need arise.
I have been wondering - if you have dual fuel and run on gasoline for a while- then switch over to propane at the end - do you still need to drain the gasoline out of the carburetor? Or does using propane flush the gas out for you?
ThanksNo, I believe that going to propane completely bypasses the carb so any gasoline left in the bowl is going to just sit there until you either drain it or run gasoline again.
@DelticA cheap 4 to 5 kw generator can allow you to run your well or AC but may be a fuel hog, this would be a good combination with the 1-or-2 kw inverter. You can run one or the other or both.
For some reason I thought HF only sold gasoline generators and no dual fuel.Check out some of the generator offerings that Harbor Freight has. I have had reliable operation from a couple of different models there. I would go with a dual fuel invertor generator so you can run it on gas or propane. It gives you some options.
I just tried to order a carburetor from the Champion website - no place to select the item, no fitment information, no pricing- then the page crashed. Maybe the parts for Champion are available - I couldn’t find out from their website. I doubt the HF (and similar) parts are.That's kind of the old way of thinking. These Chinese inverters are extremely popular. They are sold 50 to 1 compared to the Honda. And 500 to 1 compared to the Yamaha. Translation? There are a LOT of these little generators floating around in America. And they work. People have thousands of hours on them.
Champion has a full parts warehouse full of parts for these things and they have all the parts. Its always been that way. They probably have the best parts distribution network of any of the Chinese generators. Plus a 3 year warranty. Plus good customer service.
If it runs fine for the first 50 hours, chances are you got a good one and there should be no reason you cant put a few thousand hours on it.
And with the price of a Champion being about 1/3 that of a Honda.... the Honda might be better, but its value certainly isn't there. You can run the Champion for years and years, throw it away, replace it with a new Champion, and still be money ahead, then buying a Honda. Heck, you can get two Champions, plus the parallel kit for less than a Honda.
I've ordered Champion parts from these guys. I got a carb. for one of my Champions.I just tried to order a carburetor from the Champion website - no place to select the item, no fitment information, no pricing- then the page crashed. Maybe the parts for Champion are available - I couldn’t find out from their website. I doubt the HF (and similar) parts are.
Yamaha’s are popular for small RV’ers, and other dual fuel applications.
I checked their website and you are correct. They no longer have the dual fuel units.For some reason I thought HF only sold gasoline generators and no dual fuel.
Guess I need to take another look... .
Very good point.The problem with generators is that they are seldom used and gravitate to the back of the garage or storage building where they're inaccessible. Lesson learned: The generator has a place right where it's easy to get at in the garage, now. Sure, It needs to be moved out of the way constantly, but it's easy to get to in an emergency!