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Old 01-13-2018, 9:07 AM
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Default Propane powered equipment

I recently purchased a multi fuel generator with the intention of only using it with propane. For those of you that have been using propane fueled products have you found that the maintenance intervals are different then regular gas?

From much that I have read they seem to be mainly opinion based and not on any real hands on experience. Most say that oil change intervals can be longer because it is cleaner than gas etc.

I mainly like this for not having to worry about fueling issues with old gas etc.
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Old 01-13-2018, 9:32 AM
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Propane runs much cleaner so there is less maintenance required. Many vehicles in Canada ran on both gas and propane when I was up there in the late 90's. I worked on a few.
It is really good fuel source for high compression engines.
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Old 01-13-2018, 10:43 AM
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I had a propane powered car. You change the oil because it gets thicker not dirty. I followed my same oil and filter every 3000 miles routine. Today with Mobil 1 I'd probably never change it.
Break it in with gas. Run it dry, change to Mobil 1 and then use propane.
Note: the generator won't put out it's rated amps on propane. It's about 10% less. Mine is dual fuel and I have 15 gallons set aside with StaBil in it. I pour it in the car every 6-12 months and refresh it.
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My motorhome has a propane generator. I wish the diesel one was available when I bought it. The problem I have with the propane is that the tank is only 10 gallons. That doesn't last as long as I'd like.
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Diesel and propane donot work for dual fuel
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There are oil testing labs that can dial you in by testing your oil at change time. Why not run some oil on propane to the maximum change hours as if you were running gas, then send in a sample and see what they find? Complicated, yes, but it is the pnly way to really know.

IMO, oil changes are cheap compared to potential consequences. My personal approach is to use top quality fully synthetic oil and change it at the equipment manufacturers recommended hours....rather than at the service center's recommended hours which are designed to generate revenue. Same for vehicles. Using top quality fully synthetic oil, the old 3K oil change frequency is outdated...that should be changed to 5K or mabe 7K.
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Old 01-14-2018, 9:52 PM
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We use a Onan propane powered gen set for the ranch well when the grid is down. It is a 6500 emerald unit and the oil only needs changing about once a year. Even with the 10 kv solar - battery - big - generator set up the solar is not big enough to run the well pump. Days are too short and a couple days of weather and the batteries drain to 50%.

Propane is a better fuel long term than propane it burn 20 times cleaner than gas does. It never goes stale.
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And just where are you going to get Propane when SHTF?
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And just where are you going to get Propane when SHTF?
Because of the great storage properties of propane you can keep a large quantity of it. 500 gal tanks are common. Its also usually cheaper per gallon than diesel or unleaded and you don't pay sales tax if you have it delivered to your home. Keep in mind it only has 80% the energy of unleaded per volume.
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Since propane is stored in a pressurized container it does not need electricity to disperse into smaller containers.

Storage life - unlimited

Transportation - easier and safer then liquid fuel (gas)

And pretty much every house in suburbia has one or more of the 5 gallon containers to feed BBQ and heating units, I would say laying my hands on propane would not be a problem. And if in a true SHTF situation just about every hardware, grocery and feed store has a stockpile of exchange cans...
But to efficiency transfer propane from one tank to another you want to transfer the liquid from the bottom of the tank. This can be done with a valve with a dip tube or by flipping the tank up side down.

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...Propane is a better fuel long term than propane...
Um, what?
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I picked up some SEF 94 for storage gas

It’s from VP racing fuels

5 gallons is about $70

So propane is crazy cheaper for prepping where you will store fuel

Buy rusty or expired tanks for almost free

Blue rhino exchange them and you have new / in service date tanks

Top them off and you have fuel a lot cheaper than the SEF that should
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