Generator Jungle

Gasoline Portable Generators

Gasoline-powered portable generators like those we show below have been widely used for their convenience, affordability, and availability. But they do have some disadvantages over dual fuel generators that users should be aware of.

Some disadvantages of a gas-powered portable generator

Shorter Shelf Life

Gasoline has a relatively short shelf life when compared with propane. When left in the tank gasoline starts to degrade and become less effective after just a few months, especially if a fuel stabilizer has not been used. This can be a serious problem for owners who need a reliable backup power source but don't use their generator frequently. Old fuel can gum up the fuel lines and carburetor making it impossible to start the generator.

Fuel Storage and Handling

Gasoline needs adequate storage in approved containers, and handling the fuel can be messy and potentially dangerous. Accidental spills during the fueling process can result in fire hazards and environmental pollution, so having a suitable fire extinguisher on hand is essential.

Higher Emissions

Gasoline is a fossil fuel, and burning it in a generator engine produces emissions like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. These emissions contribute to air pollution and can be harmful to both human health and the environment.

Noise Levels

Gasoline-powered generators can be relatively noisy, especially if they run at full load. The constant high-speed operation of the engine can produce a continuous loud sound, which can be a concern in noise-sensitive environments or residential areas.

Maintenance Requirements

Gasoline engines require regular maintenance, including oil changes, spark plug replacements, and cleaning of the carburetor and air filters. Neglecting maintenance can lead to reduced performance, higher fuel consumption, and even engine damage.

Fuel Availability

During natural disasters or emergencies, fuel shortages can occur, making it challenging to obtain gasoline for the generator. This dependency on fuel availability can become a significant drawback during critical times.

Volatile Prices

Gasoline prices can fluctuate significantly over time, which can impact the cost of running a gasoline-powered generator. Users may experience higher operating costs during periods of elevated fuel prices.

Carbon Footprint

Due to the higher emissions associated with burning gasoline, using a gasoline-powered generator contributes to the user's carbon footprint. For those concerned about environmental impact, alternative fuel sources or technologies like inverter generators might be preferred.

Limited Run Times

These generators typically have shorter run times compared to generators that run on other fuels like propane. Users may need to refuel more frequently, especially during extended power outages or continuous use.