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Old 09-05-2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Any advice on propane kits for gensets?

I was wondering if anyone used a propane conversion kit for their genset, I saw this one

Honda Yamaha Generator Propane Natural Gas TriFuel Kit | eBay

I was wondering also if the Honda 2000 was the genset most would recommend?

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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Does the kit downrate the power output? On some units a gas 6.5 Kw unit will be rated at 6.2 Kw when set up for propane.

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My advice would be dont do it. They use too much propane and not enough storage capacity for propane on board. It will run cleaner but that is pretty much the only benefit.
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Originally Posted by KenTheKanuck

I was wondering also if the Honda 2000 was the genset most would recommend?

Thanks for your help.

Unless you had a very special need to run on nat gas or propane, this is a waste of money. Also running anything other than gasoline will reduce engine power which equates to less watts.

The Honda 2000 is a great little generator, it sips fuel and is very quiet, perfect for camping.

The drawback is it's limitations to run certain 120v appliances, or running several at the same time. You will do fine running all 12v systems and keeping battery(s) charged, watch TV, DVD, etc. It will not run an AC or elec hot water. It will run a 1500w space heat, but not much else, same as hair dryer and microwave.

If you got the EU2000i, you could get a second one later giving you 4000 watts which will run everything.
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My advice would be dont do it. They use too much propane and not enough storage capacity for propane on board. It will run cleaner but that is pretty much the only benefit.

+ 2 on the above..........I have a propane gen on board and I bring the Honda EU2000 along because the on board propane gen sucks fuel like no tomorrow and the Honda runs on a 5 gallon can "for ever"
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I have two Yamaha 2000's that are tri-fuel. They run on propane, gasoline, or nat gas. One I bought already converted, the other I converted myself using a kit from the same company. While they may have a little less output, I chose them because I drive a diesel and have no use or desire to carry around another fuel source. They run cleaner than gasoline and the propane stays stable longer without gumming up the carb. So far I'm happy with the units.
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I'll give an opinion to your question regarding whether the Honda EU2000 is a good way to go.

I have a Yamaha EF2000. Pretty comparable to the Honda EU2000. Honestly, they're both great generators and you wouldn't go wrong with either. Here though is why I chose the Yamaha over the Honda.

1. Yamaha has a fuel gauge. Honda has none. Nice when checking fuel level after dark.

2. Yamaha has an independent fuel shut off valve. Fuel can be shut off to let carb run dry. Then shut off ignition. Honda's switch is combined fuel shut off and ignition simultaneously.

3. Yamaha has an EPA certification period of 500 hours. Honda is 250. Most of the Chinese knock offs; Ryobie, Champion, etc. are 125. To me, this translates to a little better build quality.

4. I like blue better than red.
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To counter the Yamaha recommendation this is my reason to chose Honda EU series. The Honda's have a fuel pump so they can easily have a extended run auxlilary fuel tank attached. I have a 3 gallon outboard tank connected to my EU 1000i and I don't have to even think about fuel for a week of regular battery charging use. There have been extended run systems advertised for the Yamaha's but they have been taken off the market as they didn't work.


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