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DuroStar Elite 4400W Hybrid Portable Dual Fuel Propane / Gas RV Generator $319.99 + free shipping

brisar 50,977 124,397 June 20, 2016 at 03:19 AM in Home & Home Improvement (12)
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DuroStar Elite 4400 Watt Hybrid Portable Dual Fuel Propane / Gas RV Generator. [ebay.com]
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#2
How would this do if I want to use it to run my fridge when the power goes out?
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Quote from flyeaglesfly33 View Post :
How would this do if I want to use it to run my fridge when the power goes out?
Here is a link from Consumer Report that assists in how to size a generator; http://www.consumerreports.org/cr.../index.htm
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I'd probably go with the Duramax XP4850EH for $325 on eBay.
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Quote from flyeaglesfly33 View Post :
How would this do if I want to use it to run my fridge when the power goes out?
Our Wen 1800w ran our 26 cu ft fridge, 60" tv, Mac Mini, and charged iPhones for 48 hours from our recent storm. No issues at all. Oil, spark plug, etc all looked fine after power came back but changed them
anyway.
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Quote from sawbroadcast View Post :
Here is a link from Consumer Report that assists in how to size a generator; http://www.consumerreports.org/cr.../index.htm
Quote from miked6 View Post :
I'd probably go with the Duramax XP4850EH for $325 on eBay.
Quote from dwilliamson5002 View Post :
Our Wen 1800w ran our 26 cu ft fridge, 60" tv, Mac Mini, and charged iPhones for 48 hours from our recent storm. No issues at all. Oil, spark plug, etc all looked fine after power came back but changed them
anyway.
Thanks!
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Quote from flyeaglesfly33 View Post :
How would this do if I want to use it to run my fridge when the power goes out?
I have the duromax gasoline only model with similar output. During Sandy, I ran not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 full size freezers/fridges at the same time, + other small items. When running high watt items such as refrigerators (since they require a huge draw just when the compressor starts up), you want to plug them into the generator 1 at a time, and wait a few minutes before adding another one.

It's a good idea to get a Hybrid Fuel Generator like this one. After Sandy, the gas stations had no power, and even if you stocked up on Gasoline, eventually (with Sandy, we had no power for 9 days) you run out. All the Home Depot/Lowes stores were open the day after the storm and they had propane tanks in stock. It took a few days for the gas stations to get generators themselves so they could run their pumps. Until enough gas stations were open, we waited in line for hours and sometimes, they ran out or in another case the gas station's generator failed before it was our turn to buy gas.
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Last edited by BenjaminB6518 June 20, 2016 at 07:31 AM
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Question, if you run propane only, do you still have any carburetor gummin up issues? or can this sit in storage for months without problem. Only problem I hate with gas.
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Question, if you run propane only, do you still have any carburetor gummin up issues? or can this sit in storage for months without problem. Only problem I hate with gas.
Find yourself some ethanol free fuel or the pre-canned stuff from your home center to avoid most longish term storage issues with carbureted engines. Use pure-gas.org as a starting point.
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Question, if you run propane only, do you still have any carburetor gummin up issues? or can this sit in storage for months without problem. Only problem I hate with gas.
I have the Duramax dual fuel generator that I picked up last year on a SD deal, has run flawless. I only run it on propane just to avoid any carburetor issues, so to answer your question, yes running on propane will eliminate carburetor gumming up.
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I'd probably go with the Duramax XP4850EH for $325 on eBay.
THANK YOU for the recommendation... went with your suggestion as it seems like the extra surge/rated wattage is well worth the extra couple of bucks.
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I got this last year. Had to charge battery for electric startup. But at first cust svce said to run on gasoline to see if it was working. Got a $10 charger from harbor freight that keeps battery topped off. Now only propane so there is no gumming carb. I do have to jiggle the choke on startup, but with electric start it is no problem. If you do need to run gasoline you can run for an hour on propane to clear out the carb.
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I got this last year. Had to charge battery for electric startup. But at first cust svce said to run on gasoline to see if it was working. Got a $10 charger from harbor freight that keeps battery topped off. Now only propane so there is no gumming carb. I do have to jiggle the choke on startup, but with electric start it is no problem. If you do need to run gasoline you can run for an hour on propane to clear out the carb.
you could have jumped it with a pair of jumper cables and your vehicle. once running it charges the battery. I do this in our Mexico off grid house all the time. go down there once a year and dead battery. jump it and start and stop it all week no problem then shut it down. never experienced the gumming issue either. sits a whole year. mine is an over sized harbor freight gen and it isn't loaded heavily.
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is this dual fuel ban in California?
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is this dual fuel ban in California?
It's not necessarily dual fuel that's the issue. Generators sold in CA need to be "CARB Compliant" which I'm guessing this isn't since the description says they can't ship to CA.

Having said that, I ordered this today (shipping to CA) & already got a tracking number.
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