Converting a Generator to Run on 3 Types Of Fuel


Power plays a very important role in survival. We need it to light our home and keep it warm. We need it to cook food. Electricity is necessary to run our gadgets and appliances such as cellphones, radio, television, refrigerator and water pumps etc. Whether you want to live off the grid or just prepare for extended emergencies  or intermittent power outages, having a backup generator can be very beneficial .

With a backup power source like a generator, you can be on top of any emergency situation.  Generators typically run on gasoline or diesel as long as you have fuel supply.

Benefits of a Multi-Fuel Generator

Generators can also run on propane and natural gas. Using other fuel types for your generator has several advantages:

  • Shelf life. Gasoline will eventually go bad if stored for a long period of time without additives while propane won’t. Propane is more stable.
  • Storage. It is easier to store large amounts of propane. Propane can come compressed in large tanks which is advantageous over storing several gallons of gasoline. And for this reason, large quantities of propane are easier to transport than gasoline.
  • Availability. In emergency situations, there is usually a higher demand for gasoline than propane. Besides, gasoline can only be bought in gas stations while propane is available not only in gas stations but in department stores and camping stores as well.
  • Less noise. Engine running on propane or natural gas is quieter than gasoline or diesel.
  • Clean burning. Propane and natural gas burn cleaner than gasoline or diesel. Propane generators emit less harmful fumes than gasoline or diesel generators.
  • Durability. Generators that run on propane have a much longer lifespan than gasoline generators.
  • Unlimited Source. If you have a source of natural gas then you virtually have an unlimited power supply.

How To Convert A Generator To Run on 3 Types Of Fuel


A generator running on propane

A generator running on propane

You don’t need to buy a new generator that runs on propane or natural gas to experience its benefits. You can always convert your old generator so that it would also run on propane and/or natural gas. In this setup, you can still use gasoline for your generator but you can also use propane  or natural gas (if you have a natural gas line installed in your house).  This is taking your preparedness to a whole new level.

Yes, this is really possible. No, it is not difficult at all. The basic idea is that you just need an adapter between the propane supply and gasoline carburetor. The adapter combines the propane vapors into the air stream above the carburetor. In most cases, the carburetor need not be modified. Conversion kits for every type of engine are widely available today. Your kit will usually includes a step-by-step guide for fast and easy installation.

A Tri-Fuel Kit for converting a generator to run on gasoline, propane and natural gas

A Tri-Fuel Kit for converting a generator to run on gasoline, propane and natural gas

To convert a generator to run on gasoline, propane and natural gas, what you need is a Tri-Fuel Conversion Kit From US Carburetion. It can cost around 200 dollars but it’s really worth it in the long run. You will need some basic tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, socket set, etc. and perhaps some  Teflon seal tape that can be bought form most  hardware stores.  Installation can take a few hours; it depends on your mechanical abilities. But if you don’t have any skills or experience, it is best (and safest) to get someone experienced to help you.

Watch This For A Step-By-Step Installation Guide