Living in Houston, I have experienced many Hurricanes over the years. I have been looking into getting a backup generator for years but the urge to buy one, rapidly fades after the storm passes.
At least for me, when the power fails, I need to power 4 things... Sump pump, Kitchen Refrig/Freezer, Freezer in basement, and Furnace blower. A 4,000 watt gasoline powered generator costing about $600 suits my needs.
I essentially created my own custom extension cord that connects all those appliances but I don't plug them all in at once because that may overload the generator. Sump pump is always connected. Furnace I rarely connect because I have a wood stove for heat. So it's a simple matter of alternately connecting the Kitchen Refrigerator and the basement freezer. Then i do most of my living out of a ice filled cooler to avoid having to constantly open and close the refrigerator and freezer doors.
I'm also looking to buy a new generator because mine failed just when I needed it for Hurricane Sandy. I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with it but it could be caused by stale gasoline. Now I'm considering going with a propane power generator. Seems like propane has definite advantages over gasoline.
- Gasoline begins going bad after 30 days in storage unless you add a stabilizer additive.
- Even with an additive, gasoline goes bad after 1 year.
- With gasoline, you really need to drain the tank after use. What a pain!
- If gasoline goes bad it can gunk up the carburetor and cause big problems.
- Storing gasoline can be a fire hazard.
- If a major power outage occurs, gas stations may be out of service.
+ Propane has none of the problems stated above.
+ Propane can also be used for the gas grill.
Question is, what are the disadvantages of propane or a propane powered generator?