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Costco Members: Firman 3200W Gas/Propane Powered Inverter Generator $650 + Free Shipping, November 20-30

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Costco.com will have for its Members: Firman 3200W Gasoline or Propane Powered Inverter Generator on sale for $649.99 starting November 20 and going through November 30. Shipping is free.

Note: Non-Members are subject to a 5% surcharge, making the price $682.49.

Features 171 cc dual fuel engine with low oil shut off and 1.8 gallon tank which provides 9 hours of runtime. Includes 3-year warranty. $50 more expensive than the previous FP deal.
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Hmm. This or wait for the Wen 56380i to go on sale?
https://wenproducts.com/collectio...l-shut-off

The Wen has more wattage and is probably quieter, but this Firman is dual fuel and backed by Costco.
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My local Costco has the Tri-Fuel (Gas, Propane, Natural Gas) Non-Inverter 10,000W with 240V output for $650 right now, with an interlink this unit can run a whole house with A/C versus this unit. I understand wanting clean energy with an inverter, but I still think the other is a better deal.
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My local Costco has the Tri-Fuel (Gas, Propane, Natural Gas) Non-Inverter 10,000W with 240V output for $650 right now, with an interlink this unit can run a whole house with A/C versus this unit. I understand wanting clean energy with an inverter, but I still the the other is a better deal.
I would say that inverters are more about the noise level and portability than about clean power (although that is a benefit). Obviously, if you want to backfeed your breaker panel, you aren't doing that with an inverter.
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My local Costco has the Tri-Fuel (Gas, Propane, Natural Gas) Non-Inverter 10,000W with 240V output for $650 right now, with an interlink this unit can run a whole house with A/C versus this unit. I understand wanting clean energy with an inverter, but I still the the other is a better deal.
I think that somewhat also depends on your noise level tolerance. We've got strict noise laws in my city so I can't find a generator that meets them so I have to go with more expensive for less power version :-/
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I assume this is CARB compliant (ships to CA?)
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I think that somewhat also depends on your noise level tolerance. We've got strict noise laws in my city so I can't find a generator that meets them so I have to go with more expensive for less power version :-/
That's a fair point, i'm thinking strictly from an emergency point of you when everybody's power is off I highly doubt that the County Ordinance people will be issuing violation notices during those times. But then again I suppose that depends on the locality and/or the violation fee is worth it or the fight to have power at home during those times.
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Nice, thanks for posting. This puts the dual-fuel version at only $10 over the gasoline-only version.

Be sure to read the reviews - seems like it's decent if it arrives intact. Easy return to Costco if you have an issue, so that's an option if you get a dud.
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My local Costco has the Tri-Fuel (Gas, Propane, Natural Gas) Non-Inverter 10,000W with 240V output for $650 right now, with an interlink this unit can run a whole house with A/C versus this unit. I understand wanting clean energy with an inverter, but I still think the other is a better deal.
It just depends on how much you value your electronics. Note that most people now really have to consider refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, ovens, etc. when talking about expensive electronics. These items now all have expensive boards and what not in them. These aren't your appliances of old. I would rather pay double and get two inverters and run them in parallel to power the house than 1 traditional generator. The extra money is well worth it. You losing an appliance just to save $600-$800 is not worth the risk.
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My local Costco has the Tri-Fuel (Gas, Propane, Natural Gas) Non-Inverter 10,000W with 240V output for $650 right now, with an interlink this unit can run a whole house with A/C versus this unit. I understand wanting clean energy with an inverter, but I still think the other is a better deal.
Read the reviews on that one -- think I saw someone measure on the order of 25% THD.

Each to their own, but with all the electronics in everything in the house, I'm not interested in risking damage.
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Obviously, if you want to backfeed your breaker panel, you aren't doing that with an inverter.
I need a generator for my house, but I don't know anything about them (except that I have a transfer switch on my breaker). Why wouldn't you want to backfeed a breaker panel with an inverter generator?
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It just depends on how much you value your electronics. Note that most people now really have to consider refrigerators, microwaves, stoves, ovens, etc. when talking about expensive electronics. These items now all have expensive boards and what not in them. These aren't your appliances of old. I would rather pay double and get two inverters and run them in parallel to power the house than 1 traditional generator. The extra money is well worth it. You losing an appliance just to save $600-$800 is not worth the risk.
In my case (of course unique to me) all my sensitive electronics are already connected to UPS's in the house, so they receive filtered power regardless if it's city power or generated. I have an older fridge, but of course I understand everybody's use case is different.
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In my case (of course unique to me) all my sensitive electronics are already connected to UPS's in the house, so they receive filtered power regardless if it's city power or generated. I have an older fridge, but of course I understand everybody's use case is different.
That makes sense. I believe on the whole that most people don't have that situation though.
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I would say that inverters are more about the noise level and portability than about clean power (although that is a benefit). Obviously, if you want to backfeed your breaker panel, you aren't doing that with an inverter.
Really depends on how much stuff you plan to power at a given time. That'd be part of the planning before putting in a transfer switch box (which folks ought to be doing if planning to backfeed).

In my case I pretty much just need some lights and to keep the freezer and refrigerators going. Maybe the furnace (NG). Bonus if I can keep laptop & external monitor running since then I can keep working so long as cell service is functioning for tethering. Don't need to run the AC.
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I need a generator for my house, but I don't know anything about them (except that I have a transfer switch on my breaker). Why wouldn't you want to backfeed a breaker panel with an inverter generator?
Inverters cost more money for less wattage. Running an electric stove would likely max out this generator (or maybe even trip the internal breaker). You obviously can use an inverter generator to backfeed, but you would need to be extremely careful about which breakers you turn on in your house so as not to overload it.
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