I know some people are still considering whether to convert their gasoline/petrol generator to propane/gas generator. Whatever might be your reasons; you are missing a lot! However, I honestly agree that there are lots of things one need to know about converting from gasoline/petrol generator to propane/gas generator. These things are usually the bases why some people are yet to convert their gasoline generator to propane generator.
More-so, there are basically four things you need to know about converting your generator from gasoline/petrol to propane/gas which are:
- How Safe Is This Device – Conversion Kit? People want to know if using propane/gas is safer to using gasoline/petrol.
- Is Gas Safe For My Engine? People like to know if using propane is good for their engines.
- How Economical Is It To Run On Propane? People want to know if cheaper to operate on propane/gas than gasoline/petrol.
- The Cost of The Device: Some people can not afford the conversion kit itself. To them it is too expensive!
So, lets get started!!!
1. How Safe Is This Device – Conversion Kit?
Safety FIRST! Using a propane generator is safer than what most people think. As a matter of fact, this is not an issue in developed countries because gas is used to power almost all their home and office appliances.
If using gas to cook wont kill you; why should it kill you if used to power your generator. Using gas to cook suppose to be more dangerous because you light nicked GAS but yet cause no harm. So, how then can a gas running through a hose to the generator cause harm? Remember no NICKED gas involved – the gas moves from the gas container through the hose into the generator.
2. Is Gas Safe For My Engine?
I think the best way to convince you on this is to compare Petrol to Diesel and to Propane for you to see for yourself.
- Easily obtained
- Portable in small containers
- Highly flammable
- Short shelf life of fuel (approximately 12 months)
- Storing large quantities of fuel is hazardous
- May not be available during power outages
- Least flammable fuel source
- Fuel easily obtained (fuel is easier to obtain during a disaster because it is a necessary fuel for the military, trucking industry, and farming operations)
- On site fuel delivery available
- Designed for off-road applications and can operate on dyed or farm/construction diesel fuel which is sold without the road tax and thus is considerably cheaper to purchase.
- Engines designed to work under a load for long periods of time and perform better when worked hard rather than operated under light loads.
- In high use situations overall long term cost of operation is much lower than gaseous GenSets.
- 18-24 month shelf life, without additives
- May not be available during power outages.
- Installing large storage tanks raises cost of system
- Engine noise is higher on a diesel compared to a gaseous engine.
- Most of the diesel generators face a problem called “wet stacking”.
- Requires clean moisture free fuel and a bit more maintenance than a comparable gaseous unit;
- Long shelf life
- Clean burning
- Easily stored in both large tanks or in smaller 5 – 10 gallon cylinders
- Home delivery available for larger tanks
- Quieter engine noise level
- Less expensive units with air-cooled engines are budget priced.
- Engine life for liquid-cooled 1800 RPM engines can approach 5,000 to 6,000 hours on industrial quality gaseous GenSets
- Pressurized cylinder of flammable gas
- Fuel system is more complicated (increased possibility of failure)
- Somewhat expensive fuel, check your local prices
- Propane can become very dangerous if lines are broken.
- Initial cost of generator is somewhat higher, 15 to 20% especially in sizes larger than 30 kW.
- More expensive to operate by as much as 3-times the fuel consumption compared to diesels;
- Smaller air-cooled gaseous engines are less expensive than comparable diesels but have a short life expectancy as low as 500-hours depending on engine make and use
3. How Economical Is It To Run On Propane?
Lets quickly do a bit of Mathematics here; don’t worry if you are not gifted in Mathematics – it’s going to be simple. trust me.
Real life scenario; if you are using a 2.5KVA Generator…
A 12.5kg gas will last you up to 40 hours depending on the load on the Generator. This 12.5kg gas will cost you 3,000 at most; you can get it cheaper sometimes.
40 hours of light on propane = N3,000
1 hour = N75
N.B: This is 3 times cheaper compare to running on Petrol
4. The Cost of The Device:
This is something you should also consider before converting to propane generator. The cost of getting this device is High but crashing now anyway. Before now, you can get the device for 2.5KVA for 30,000 – 35,000 but now it sold between 18,000 – 20,000 at the moment. Maybe I need to say it again that your generator KVA determine the type of CONVERSION KIT to buy.
However, you can always get your ORIGINAL PROPANE CONVERSION KIT FROM US for just N15,000. This is the best price right now in the market anywhere. Hurry and make your order NOW!!!