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Re: Convert from gasoline to tri-fuel
said by nunya:The only caveat of propane is the boil rate needed to power the generator. In warm weather... no problem. But get into sub-zero temps with a smaller tank, and you could be in trouble as you'll vapor lock the tank and it's just as useless as having no gasoline. For cold weather climates, I'd say to get AT LEAST a 100# tank, if not 2 tanks ganged together.
On to propane. Propane stores well. It doesn't go bad. Even in a power outage, it can still be dispensed (in many cases). There isn't quite the demand of gasoline (every swinging dick with a set of keys is looking for gasoline). While propane is expensive, I've not seen it near $4.00 in a long time. It's about $3.00 in small quantity. It's easy to store another tank or two under the grill or behind the potting shed.
That's another beautiful thing about bulk propane tanks (like the typical 500-1000 gallon home tanks). At that size, there is really no concern about boil rate unless the ambient temp is consistently something like -44* F... which really isn't a concern in the continental US. If one has a big tank and can hook the generator to it, it's clearly the way to go.