Multi-Fuel Options For Your Back-Up Generator

By
Real Estate Agent with Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor

In the last ten years our office has purchase a lot of homes with some form back-up power.

In one case a home near Maple and Wagner had a priority circuit system that was replace with a whole house system.

At an inspection yesterday we saw a dangerous non-interlocked system.

We've seen all kinds, big, small, safe, unsafe, automatic switchover,  manual switchover, gas powered, propane powered, and natural gas powered.

But every one of them was set up for a single type of fuel. 

This has always been a concern of mine because none of the back-up fuels is perfect and in an emergency any particular type of fuel might be in short supply.

Fortunately there is an option that allows most generators to be adapted to multiple fuels. A company called US Carboration produces kits that will allow a generator to use multiple types of fuel. They have produced products like this for a long time.

Their current line is called the "Motor Snorkel" and here is a video of the installation process on a medium sized portable generator:

Multi-Fuel add-on for generator

If you have experience with one of these installations please share your thoughts in a comment below!

Comments (3)

1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Jon,

We have found that back-up generators have come in handy more than once due to winter ice storms, even in SE Oklahoma.

Mar 28, 2014 10:46 AM
Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent

Ours sure has gotten good use over the last 15 years. We are in the country and lose power about once a year.

It probably paid for itself by the second year.

Mar 29, 2014 04:24 AM
Jon Boyd
Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Buyers Agent

On the topic of generators and backup power, here is a video we just posted describing some of the options we see in homes:

 

https://youtu.be/I-AhYCkGT2Y

 

 

Mar 22, 2015 01:39 PM