August 01, 2010


We bought a 5000-watt portable gasoline-powered Generac after the last big hurricane to come through the area eight years but I am concerned it might not measure up when the next one hits. A natural gas unit would be vulnerable to breaks in the gas lines caused by uprooted trees--exactly the same event which would cause a loss of power. Consequently, a diesel would seem to be the logical choice, especially since we have a 250-gallon heating oil tank; automatic standby feature is not necessary. Suggestions?

Posted by LMC at August 1, 2010 02:34 PM | TrackBack

In my limited Googling, all I can see is that diesel just about doubles the price of gas/LPG/natural gen sets at each kW point.

Kubota's diesel motors have always been highly-regarded, so I'd look at them for a solution. Beware, though, it'll be very spendy.

Posted by: Captain Ned at August 1, 2010 05:01 PM

We did natural gas, it's been fine. We've never had a natural gas interruption, so I don't have your fear of tree roots - and anyway, what is the chance that they both happen at the same time? not high.

Posted by: dave.s. at August 2, 2010 07:59 AM

Are there trees between the road & house along the NG line? Generally utility co.s try and make sure that on their end there are no tree root issues. It's possible, though highly unlikely.

Oh, and a day late but happy Lammas day to the llamas.

Posted by: rbj at August 2, 2010 09:40 AM

Light a camdle in the cold...
Obama would want you to do that...

Posted by: Babs at August 2, 2010 02:47 PM

LMC I would recomend a propane unit before deisel, both for cost of the generator and fuel aging issues. Also don't go too small the average house should have 10-15Kw if you plan to live normally. I used to work in electrical equipment sales if you want more advice e-mail me and I will be glad to help you out.

Posted by: BillN at August 5, 2010 05:02 PM
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