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Old 07-27-2016, 02:48 PM   #1
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metal insert in generator exhaust pipe

While tailgating today I noticed a piece of metal sitting next to my RV. It is a metal insert that used to be in the exhaust pipe of the generator. As you can see, somehow the screw through the exhaust pipe that held this insert in certain place has actually ripped through the insert itself. I'm running my generator today and the exhaust literally blew the insert onto the ground.

What purpose does this serve and is it critical that I replace it? The constant metal clanging of that insert was something that I hated to listen to and the generator is actually much more pleasant to run without that insert in place. Can I just leave it out?

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Old 07-27-2016, 03:02 PM   #2
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Spark arrester
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Old 07-27-2016, 03:05 PM   #3
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What purpose does this serve and is it critical that I replace it? The constant metal clanging of that insert was something that I hated to listen to and the generator is actually much more pleasant to run without that insert in place. Can I just leave it out?
I believed that is the spark arrestor out of the exhaust system. It may not be critical unless you are camping over grassy areas.
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It's probably a spark arrestor. The intention is to reduce the risk of a fire in dry tinder terrain from a back-fire etc. Most "off road" internal combustion engines have them.
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Old 07-27-2016, 06:35 PM   #5
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In the 'Old Days' spark arrestors were required in National Parks. I can't say what is required today. So, hang on to it.
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Rotate it 90 degrees, drill a new pilot hole, put it back in, and run another screw into the new hole.
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I would presume more necessary on a gas vs diesel gen set? As above poster said, might as well rig it back in.

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"Jalan".....It is a spark arrestor and should be reinstalled. Theoretically, your generator was tuned with that part installed in the generator exhaust (reducing exhaust opening) and should be reinstalled for proper performance and safety.
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