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Old 10-18-2015, 06:59 AM   #1
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I will be storing my 2003 Dutch Star Cummins ISC 350 hp in a unheated storage unit. I do not plan on running the engine during storage but would like to run the generator once a month under load. Problem is I will have to drive into the storage unit so my generator exhaust will be about 50ft into the unit. The storage unit has a 12x14 door. I know a diesel generator puts out less carbon monoxide then a gas but am I safe? Of course I will be leaving the 12 x14 door open.
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I will be storing my 2003 Dutch Star Cummins ISC 350 hp in a unheated storage unit. I do not plan on running the engine during storage but would like to run the generator once a month under load. Problem is I will have to drive into the storage unit so my generator exhaust will be about 50ft into the unit. The storage unit has a 12x14 door. I know a diesel generator puts out less carbon monoxide then a gas but am I safe? Of course I will be leaving the 12 x14 door open.
I would also put a large fan blowing fresh air into the storage unit from the front , you should be OK.
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Old 10-18-2015, 10:29 AM   #3
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How tight is the building?? Can you leave the door open??? If you can get some ventilation thru the building you'll be OK. Diesel exhaust although not as deadly as a gas engine there is a potential for it causing a problem. NO2 is one of the components of the exhaust and in high enough concentration can cause difficulty in breathing, headaches, worse case is death but the levels have to be extremely high.
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Unless you can run the generator with a Good Load for a couple hours, you will likely do more harm than good. The generator needs to run long enough under load to reach Full operating temperature to remove any moisture created by condensation during the warm up period.
Unless you are in a very humid climate, I suggest you forget about running the generator. If you are storing for 5-6 months, I'd maybe think about running it but otherwise, no.
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Can't you simply wait outside so CO is not an issue?

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Old 10-18-2015, 06:58 PM   #6
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I would definitely be leaving the door open, I planned on running it under load for about an hour. But my choices would be to sit in my truck in freezing weather or Leaving and coming back in an hour. Neither sounds ideal.
Maybe I'm better not to run it at all.
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