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    Default Running a petrol generator on gas

    Are there any members who have converted their generators to gas ?.
    Is this a good idea?, is it more economical than petrol?.
    Is it safe?
    Can it be done by just connecting the gas to the petrol intake on the carb?
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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    You will need a new carb, it has a safety cut off. And as far as i have heard it is much more economical.

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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    In the UK many many moons ago we used to run Rover V8's on gas. We had to start them on petrol and get a new carb fitted. They were much less economical but LPG was half the price, so it ended up cheaper GBP per Mile.
    Technology will probably have moved on since then.
    My advice would be to get a professional fitter to do the conversion

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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Stone View Post
    You will need a new carb, it has a safety cut off. And as far as i have heard it is much more economical.
    Thank you I checked on Google ,there are DIY conversion kits available .
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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    further info here :

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...39#post4873839

    should you do the conversion please post back regarding the cost of the conversion kit and gas usage vs a tank of petrol, assuming electr load is roughly the same. the claim of "save up to 70% on running costs" in that flyer imo is a bit optimistic.

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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    A quick calc I have done some time ago shows that the cost/kJ energy from gas was about on par with petrol, at the price I pay for gas anyway.

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    Default Re: Running a petrol generator on gas

    Quote Originally Posted by RussellF View Post
    further info here :

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...39#post4873839

    should you do the conversion please post back regarding the cost of the conversion kit and gas usage vs a tank of petrol, assuming electr load is roughly the same. the claim of "save up to 70% on running costs" in that flyer imo is a bit optimistic.
    The kit together with the gas bottle will be nearly 2K
    The generator is a 2,5 W which is not that heavy on fuel,
    I would burn a lot of petrol before I break even .
    Taking other advice I would rather let it go
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