Generator Showdown: Gas vs. Propane Generators
|More portable ||Less portable|
|Easy to obtain ||Not as easily accessible|
|Shelf life is a few months ||Long shelf life|
|Usable in extreme conditions||Limited in extreme cold |
|Frequent refills during constant usage||Excellent for long-term usage |
Advantages of Gas Generators
- Mobility - A gas-powered unit is more mobile than a propane one because its tank design makes it easier to move from place to place.
- Fuel accessibility - Gas is a common fuel source that's easy to obtain from any gas station.
- Refueling - When it's time to fill up, it's only a matter of refilling your tank. You won't need to attach anything to a fuel line or pipe.
- Travel - Gas generators' mobility makes them a great choice for a camping vacation or tailgating parties.
Limitations of Gas Generators
- Fuel storage - Stored gasoline can only last a few months, so keeping a steady, fresh supply can be a challenge. In addition, gas is highly toxic and can be hazardous to store in large quantities.
- Cost - Gas can be expensive, especially during the summer and holiday travel times when prices go up.
- Weather conditions - If a power outage occurs, a gas station's pumps won't be able to operate, so when you run out of gas, you'll be stuck.
- Locating fuel - If fuel is needed and you're camping at a remote location, you may have a long drive to the nearest gas station.
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Advantages of Propane Generators
- Fuel longevity - Propane has a considerably longer shelf life than gas, so you can keep some tanks in storage and know that they'll be a dependable power source when you need them.
- A cleaner energy source - Propane burns cleanly so your engine will stay cleaner and experience less wear than a gas-powered unit.
- Maintenance - A propane generator requires less maintenance than a gas-powered model and usually provides quieter operation.
- Energy endurance - A propane generator can last for hours for a variety of tasks without replacement, so it's an excellent choice for a home power source.
Limitations of Propane Generators
- Mobility - Their design makes portability difficult and you'll also need to have extra tanks on hand.
- Weather conditions - A propane-powered generator can be difficult to start when temperatures fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Refills - Knowing how low your tank has gotten is difficult to check with a propane tank.
- Fuel accessibility - Since propane isn't as popular a source of fuel as gas, it may be more difficult to find propane tanks when you're traveling in remote areas.
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