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Default Advice on natural gas generator

Most of the threads I found here involve converting a gasoline generator to natural gas, or propane.

One issue is that NG generators run hotter than gas ones and some say this might void a warranty.

I would like a generator designed as an NG generator from the get-go but would allow conversion to propane as a backup. Conversion to tri-fuel to add gasoline would be a plus but not a determining factor.

I am also concerned with noise levels as I am on a 5,000 sq ft postage stamp sized lot so neighbors are close.

I confess I haven't down my homework yet as to size but I only really need it to run two recirculating pumps on my NG furnace (one pump was replaced a few months ago and the other is an original and probably a power hog so it would have to be replaced) and a modern energy efficient refrigerators. Oh, and my wife says it needs to also run a hairdryer. LOL, I'm thinking 3,000kw would be more than enough.

Can someone provide any recommendations on NG generator makers, brands and models, or why my approach is not practical?

I would be glad to collect user's opinions about models represented in this review:
https://wisepick.org/best-tri-fuel-generator/

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Is price an issue?
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Oh, and my wife says it needs to also run a hairdryer. LOL, I'm thinking 3,000kw would be more than enough.
Is a 3MW generator not a tiny hair too big for hair dryer and a fridge?
I mean we talk 20cylinder 4000 horse diesel here

I know double-triplet-error

but I just imagine you come home one day and see this happening
because you ordered a 3000 kilowatt (see the two triplets?) generator:




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how often will this generator be used?
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Is a 3MW generator not a tiny hair too big for hair dryer and a fridge?
I mean we talk 20cylinder 4000 horse diesel here

I know double-triplet-error

but I just imagine you come home one day and see this happening
because you ordered a 3000 kilowatt (see the two triplets?) generator:




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When I saw this thread title the first thing that popped into my mind was "just eat a lot of baked beans, they are good for making gas"

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how often will this generator be used?
Approximately 1-2 times per week for ~6h

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When I saw this thread title the first thing that popped into my mind was "just eat a lot of baked beans, they are good for making gas"

Quite effective and cheap method
I keep the finger on the pulse xD
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In all honesty I would look at a name brand like Generac. I haven't looked at the cost difference between Natural Gas or LPG (propane), or to run both, usually theres a jet difference I believe can't quite remember for sure. http://www.generac.com/all-products/...at=217&cat=249

They do have a calculator to help you on sizing.
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With that much use id look into a stationary low rpm unit...the 3600rpm portable generators will not hold up in the long run.
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