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When you’re considering propane vs. gasoline generators, let Wolff Specialties guide you in making an informed decision.
First let’s consider fuel and maintenance costs, environmental impact and natural disasters and the possibility to store the fuel for a long time, propane generators can be highly beneficial when these things occur.
Fuel and Maintenance Costs
Propane is and always will be a less expensive fuel to use. It is a domestic fuel and is in abundance in our country. It’s an American made fuel. Maintenance costs and reliability attribute to another financial benefit. The carbon build-up and deposits common in a gasoline system simply aren't present in a propane generator. This means that not only do you need less maintenance of your generator, but you can also be sure your generator is going to start up the first time, every time. This is even more important when an unfortunate emergency strikes, and you don’t have time to play around with a finicky generator.
Propane is a ‘clean burning’ fuel, its low amount of carbon monoxide produced relative to other fuel sources, especially gasoline. Releasing around half the CO of a typical gasoline generator, many individuals consider propane to be the best generator fuel around. This is the only safe fuel that should be ran indoors, however proper ventilation guidelines should always be followed.
There is also no risk of spilling propane. Because it’s stored in safe tanks with security valves, there’s no spillage or waste during fill-ups. There is also little to no theft when using propane in your commercial applications. You simply connect the tank to the generator with a hose and open the valve to let the fuel flow. With the hassle and possible spillage associated with gasoline generator tanks, propane offers a clear advantage. Lower Operating Costs.
Being ready for an emergency and respecting the environment are important to many of us, but cost is still the top concern for many businesses. If you use a generator on a regular basis, the simple advantage of a lower-cost fuel is beneficial.
Being Prepared When Disaster Strikes
Many recent natural disasters have taught home and business owners alike that the ability to keep the lights on when the electricity goes out is critical to keeping your family and property safe. A propane generator can help you be prepared for emergency situations:
- Propane fuel is available even when the gas pumps aren’t running, as it’s stored in individual or bulk cylinders. Your ground storage for gasoline can become contaminated.
- The shelf life of propane is considered limitless, unlike gasoline, which can start to degrade after a few months without stabilizers. You can easily store additional bottles according to local rules and regulations, so you never run out.
- A propane generator that hasn’t run for months isn’t going to be full of contamination or carbon deposits. The same can’t be said for a gasoline generator.
- Even winter storms when we lose our electricity, a generator can provide lights, cooking options, refrigeration/freezer for our food storage.
Propane generators can help you be confident that your machine is going to fire up and provide you the peace of mind and security of a power source when all other lights are out around you.