After seeing the long lines for gas and violence in the New York area following Hurricane Sandy; we decided to attempt a generator propane conversion. We had already been debating it for several years prior due to the benefits of having a propane generator.
- Propane stores easily
- Propane doesn’t go bad
- No clogged carbs
- Most homes have propane tanks already for grilling
- Propane was half the price of gasoline when we did the conversion
- Converting can actually be cheaper than buying a new propane generator
Below is the basic process for doing your own generator propane conversion.
1Check your engine model, ours is a robin ex30.
2Order your kit.
3Assemble carb adapter per instructions.
4Mark holes for regulator and drill them out.
5Remove air filter.
6Assemble regulator per instructions and bolt to frame.
7Mount carb adapter with supplied replacement bolts.
8Do not cut the filter cover like we did to make it fit.
9You need to cut the down-tube for proper spacing.
10My father didn’t believe me.
11Remount the vacuum hose onto the air filter.
12Connect propane line from regulator to the carb block.
13Connect tank regulator onto the tank hose.
14Connect hose to engine regulator and attach tank.
15Prime the regulator and fire it up.
16Adjust lock nut on right for proper air mixture.
Once you get it running you loosen the set nut and adjust the bolt till you get it idling where you want to; then tighten the lock nut to secure the setting. We adjusted that and now it purrs like a kitten. Also make sure you run it with the choke set to run not start.
We went with a tri-fuel kit so we would still be able to run gas as well as propane. If you go with just propane you have to tap into the carb so you would not be able to use gasoline without buying a new one. To see our complete generator propane conversion click on the link below. Stay safe.
Run on natrual gas, low pressure propane or gasoline. Free Technical Support. We are unsure if you need to cut the frame. The air cleaner will be pushed outwards about 1-1/4″. About 90% of generators will need to have the frame modified. This DOES NOT WORK ON the Honda iGX390 engines and fuel injected engines. We are unsure if you need to cut the frame. The air cleaner will be pushed outwards about 1-1/4″. About 90% of generators will need to have the frame modified.