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Anyone have a standby or natural gas genny?

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Anyone have a standby or natural gas genny?

I have natural gas piped to my house. I was looking at tri fuel and possibly a NG standby generator. I have an gas outlet off my deck for my bbq but would it power a decent size ng genny? Granted I think most tri fuel generators need like 120k btu/hr on startup. Has anyone r had any experience one way or another. Also I'm a semidetached house so I can't put it near the meter on the side but I do have that outlet out back.
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I have a Generac LP-fuelled standby. Never used it despite a few power outages this past winter. I'll apparently drain a 420 lb ( think) cylinder in less than a week.

A new line will probably have to be run from the meter or large distribution pipe if things are piped correctly.
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I have a Generac 8kw NG generator. If needed, it will power 14 circuits in the house, which have been carefully chosen.

The purpose of the generator in my case was to insure against a power outage for my sump pumps.
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We have a Generac 10kw at the cottage. Powers most of the place, central A/C was just installed and it doesn't do it. I think its only a 1/2 or 3/4" line.

Edit: It’s propane and I do not know how propane BTU vs line size works. I only know some about NG from piping a garage heater, BBQ, and deck accessories over the years.
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Gas supply for generators comes from the meter....direct.
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We have a natural gas standby generator 11kw. It will power all the essentials in an outage (well, sump, furnace, hwt, deep freeze, refrigerator, garage door, and a few lights and outlets.
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steve-0101 wrote: I have a Generac 8kw NG generator. If needed, it will power 14 circuits in the house, which have been carefully chosen.

The purpose of the generator in my case was to insure against a power outage for my sump pumps.
Ours too. We chose the 11kw model, but our reasoning for wanting it was very close to yours. We also are on a well so we wanted to have water, etc.

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