Generators? Best bang for your buck?

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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby CanuckShooter » Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:14 pm

Bill n Robi wrote:
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Bill n Robi wrote:So we are prepping for a 18 day off road/boon dock trip. Pulled the generator out of the shed where it has set since September of last year. Hooked it into the mount, OMG it took two pulls to start it..... and a slight adjustment to the mixture since it was set for 8000 feet.

Synth oil still as good as the day it was changed, day after after the break in run two years ago. No stale fuel, no carbon build up, no clogged spark arrester.

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I wonder how it works in -25C ? or colder??

I don't know, I never head out when it is that cold. I'll check with my propane expert but I think there is a bottom limit to a propane tank temperature.


We've been out in November with the slide in camper, in -25 the 20 pound tank will give us heat for 3 days. The way they are mounted in the side of the camper there is just some galvanized metal between the heated interior and the tanks so maybe they keep warm enough in there to not cause problems. We never had any issues with the propane not working.
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Pinstriper » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:09 pm

I don't think propane driving the furnace is the same as propane feeding a generator. The consumption rate is a lot slower for the furnace.
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby low277 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:55 pm

Not sure about the consumption of a generator vs a furnace, :thinking: but around here there is a lot of ice fishing and furnaces up to 30,000 btu input are common. Usually running on one 20 - 40 lb liquid propane tank mounted outside in subzero weather. Usually not a problem unless it gets below about -15f.
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Bill n Robi » Thu Dec 21, 2017 6:06 pm

It was 48* this morning, I put on a coat over my t-shirt to walk the dog, in shorts, wearing sandals. Not going to be testing propane reliability in any weather that starts with zero or minus.....
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Pinstriper » Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:21 am

Woot is selling the 2k WEN generator for $399 today while they last.

https://tools.woot.com/offers/wen-56200 ... enerator-1
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Dan242 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:56 pm

Pinstriper wrote:Woot is selling the 2k WEN generator for $399 today while they last.

https://tools.woot.com/offers/wen-56200 ... enerator-1

How does the WEn compare to something like this?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sportsman-Ga ... P36HmRGu8A
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Socal Tom » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:26 pm

Dan242 wrote:
Pinstriper wrote:Woot is selling the 2k WEN generator for $399 today while they last.

https://tools.woot.com/offers/wen-56200 ... enerator-1

How does the WEn compare to something like this?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sportsman-Ga ... P36HmRGu8A


The WEN is an inverter generator, so it can run at lower RPMs ( meaning quieter and more fuel efficient) when the load allows it. I haven't heard one run, but they are supposed to be very quiet. The Harbor Freight predator is a rebadged version of the WEN as far as I can tell. The Champion you posted is considered a "Construction" generator. It will run a constant 3600 RPM in order to make 60HZ, it will be as loud as a lawn mower.
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Dan242 » Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:43 pm

Socal Tom wrote:
Dan242 wrote:
Pinstriper wrote:Woot is selling the 2k WEN generator for $399 today while they last.

https://tools.woot.com/offers/wen-56200 ... enerator-1

How does the WEn compare to something like this?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Sportsman-Ga ... P36HmRGu8A


The WEN is an inverter generator, so it can run at lower RPMs ( meaning quieter and more fuel efficient) when the load allows it. I haven't heard one run, but they are supposed to be very quiet. The Harbor Freight predator is a rebadged version of the WEN as far as I can tell. The Champion you posted is considered a "Construction" generator. It will run a constant 3600 RPM in order to make 60HZ, it will be as loud as a lawn mower.
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Thanks, that makes sense. I won't be buying a generator till next Summer, so in the learning phase now...
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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby Pinstriper » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:58 pm

The WEN is also capable of parallel connection, if that matters to anyone.


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Re: Generators? Best bang for your buck?

Postby DWT77 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:26 am

WEN 56200i 2000-Watt 79.7cc Inverter Generator on sale $385

https://www.woot.com/offers/wen-2000-wa ... _gw_dly_tl
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