After being burned by Hurricane Sandy, I decided to upgrade my Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder (5500 Running Watts) to a something that is more powerful.
Based on my experience of waking up every day at 3am to wait over 1.5 hours to fill up two, 5 gallon gas tanks, I came up with a wish list:
- It has to be a portable generator as I do not have enough space to install a standby generator due to zoning and safety issues
- Generator must be able to run tri-fuel (gasoline, propane and/or natural gas), with natural gas being the primary fuel source.
- Although third-party conversion tri-fuel kits are available, I would prefer the factory OEM option to maintain warranty
- Electric start would be nice (for my wife) but I would want the recoil mechanism in place as a backup
- Not oversize the generator to conserve fuel consumption, in case I am forced to go with propane and/or gasoline
- Must come with pneumatic, not plastic, tires for ease of moving the generator around
- Prefer a unit with 50 amp interlocking connector, vs a 30 amp connector
- Prefer a name brand (i.e. Generac, Honda, Briggs & Stratton, Cummins Onan) to ensure parts/service availabilities in the future
- Budget is under $3,000
Will I be able to hit all or most of my targets? So far, I’ve identified Generac GP15000E and GP17500E but they are not ideal solutions to my needs.
Another possibility is the Generac XG10000E
Search goes on…
PS. If you can think of a particular brand/unit, please make sure to leave a comment below.