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Old 11-28-2018, 08:57 PM   #11
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With some very careful choices regarding your hair dryer and kettle wattage this thing might fit the bill for truly occasional use.

It can run off a small 1lb camping sized propane cylinder or a bbq sized 20lb cylinder. No fuel to siphon, spill, go stale, or smell. Small and light.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-90...11LP/302703564

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Old 11-28-2018, 10:44 PM   #12
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If we loose our 2500 watt Onan generator, Id get a Honda 2000. With a Micro-air soft start, I could run our 13,500 btu ac unit and with a little load sharing, some other stuff. An easy install.

https://www.microair.net/products/ea...nt=30176048267
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Old 11-29-2018, 12:24 AM   #13
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With some very careful choices regarding your hair dryer and kettle wattage this thing might fit the bill for truly occasional use.

It can run off a small 1lb camping sized propane cylinder or a bbq sized 20lb cylinder. No fuel to siphon, spill, go stale, or smell. Small and light.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-90...11LP/302703564
Curious, how long will it run off a 1 lb propane cylinder? Ideally I would find a small, quiet diesel generator so I only have one fuel type to deal with, but those don't seem to exist.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:00 AM   #14
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Specs claim 3hrs at 25% load from a 1lb bottle.

60hrs at 25% load from a 20lb tank.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:24 AM   #15
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I purchased a Honda EU200i, because it was a Honda, only to find out when first performing maintenance and prep for storage that I had to turn the unit over to drain the fuel tank and lay it on it's side to drain the oil sump.
The Honda eu2000i has a drain screw on the carburetor bowl and a drain line to the bottom of the unit, takes only seconds to drain the carb (with the unit in normal orientation), with no mess. They have been this way for just about forever AFAIK. There's no reason to drain the fuel tank itself, or the crankcase for any normal period of storage.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:21 AM   #16
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If I was to buy a portable generator now I would find one that has a propane/gas input just for the fact my van runs of diesel but I intend to have a gas heating and hot water on board etc . Adding a third fuel to carry makes it more complicated.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:46 PM   #17
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FWIW, the Honda warranty is voided if damage or poor performance results from "neglected storage preparation" which according to the EU2200i manual includes draining the fuel tank and carburetor.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:40 PM   #18
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With some very careful choices regarding your hair dryer and kettle wattage this thing might fit the bill for truly occasional use.

It can run off a small 1lb camping sized propane cylinder or a bbq sized 20lb cylinder. No fuel to siphon, spill, go stale, or smell. Small and light.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-90...11LP/302703564

Interesting little gen but I don't think it will run much of anything. Just checked the hair dryer, 1075 watts. Coffee maker, a very small one, 650 watts. Kettle 1100 watts. Probably best for some lighting, maybe a very small battery charger.


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Old 11-29-2018, 05:44 PM   #19
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FWIW, the Honda warranty is voided if damage or poor performance results from "neglected storage preparation" which according to the EU2200i manual includes draining the fuel tank and carburetor.
A few years ago I had a small engine Sales/Service business in Alberta. We sold and serviced all makes and models of small engine equipment including portable generators so I do have some insight to your question.
First, you won't be waiting your money buying a Honda or Yamaha generator. There is a reason they are more expensive than other makes. They pretty much all use a good engine but it's what's behind the engine that counts. The generator and controls are the big difference. These have much heavier windings to handle current inrush without going up in smoke for starters. I won't expand but I'm sure you get the picture.

As far as storage, 90% of our service work in the spring each year was on machines with rotten fuel from poor or zero storage preparation.
If you plan to store the generator only for a few months say over the winter, (I know that's half the year in AB) then adding a good fuel stabilizer will suffice.
But if you plan to store for long periods, say 8-12 months or more, you would be wise to drain the tank, start the engine and let it run dry. Draining the tank is pretty simple using a little hand siphon pump from Can Tire or Princ Auto to empty the tank without having to pull hoses or roll it upside down. (Just kidding on the rolling part)

A 2000W Honda will outperform many of the other 2500W units on the market.

FYI, the term "Void the warranty" just because of rotten fuel is not exactly true. The only part of the warranty voided would be related to the fuel system. Period.
In simple terms, Warranty covers Defects in Material and Workmanship by the OEM. Doesn't cover lack of maintenance, neglect or misuse on the part of the user.
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