What's your fuel consumption for your generator?

Discussion in 'Alternative Energy' started by Panther, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. Panther

    Panther Well-Known Member

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    We're looking at a 5000 watt gasoline generator.

    Any idea on average how much gas this would burn per hour under load? i.e. - to charge a battery bank? Just a guestimate would be fine....I'd like to know what you are getting currently.
     
  2. Esteban29304

    Esteban29304 Well-Known Member

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    That size generator will use approximately 2 gallons of gas per hour, at medium load. Most cheaper generators run at 3600 rpm's, & therefore use more gas,, are loud, & wear out before long. You can pay more & get a better quality genset. OR,,, like I do, buy a used genset out of a wrecked/salvaged motorhome. These are commercialy designed generators, that last a LONG time ,& only run at 1800 rpms, so they use less gas. Mine is a 1968 Onan 2500 watt that has never been taken apart & has 1000's of hours on it.
     

  3. Fire-Man

    Fire-Man Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My 4250 will run around 9 to 11 hrs on 5 gal, running a 2500 watt AC--cycling on and off. About 1/2 gallon per hour. Mine does run at 3600rpm's. If I was to get another--I would hunt one that run's at 1800rpm's----Last alot longer and quieter. Randy
     
  4. hoofinitnorth

    hoofinitnorth Well-Known Member

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    If you want to charge a battery bank that is very large, you might want to consider a diesel gennie. It will be able to handle the larger loads better and the constant use. But yes, they are more spendy... you might find a good used one though...
     
  5. norris

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