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ilyaz 07-29-2010 12:01 PM

natural gas-powered generator inside home?
 
After the latest storms we started thinking about getting a power generator. One question I have is this: are there generators that are natural gas powered and that would be safe to install inside the house -- e.g. in the utility room -- and connected to the same gas line that feeds our water heater? How much space would I need for a unit like that? Thanks!

CraigFL 07-29-2010 12:50 PM

I would think a generator would fall under the same codes as a furnace. Some localities would probably not let you run an engine in anything but an enclosed. separate room. The real problem is going to be the exhaust gases. Since they won't be at low temperatures like a high efficiency furnace, you wouldn't be able to vent thru the wall and therefore need a chimney.

Wuzzat? 07-29-2010 02:07 PM

CO is generated by incomplete combustion.

Possibly with venting you could do this.
I'd wonder about noise transmission, through the air and through the house framework.

I recommend 3 CO detectors in any case, and get the sensitive kind. 3 gives you 1 chance in 1 million of not detecting CO, at least on your purchase date. Dunno' how this reliability degrades over the life of the detectors.

triple D 07-30-2010 12:05 AM

why inside??????
 
Just have to know why inside, I'll check codes but I'm pretty sure this one might be a no go. To many factors at hand. Is there no room outside? How big do you need it?

JoeD 08-03-2010 05:09 PM

Aside from the exhaust gas issues there is a very big issue with heat. You would need some very huge ventilation fans and louvres to keep the heat down in the room.

Put it outside where it belongs.

kok328 04-04-2013 04:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ilyaz (Post 47086)
After the latest storms we started thinking about getting a power generator. One question I have is this: are there generators that are natural gas powered and that would be safe to install inside the house -- e.g. in the utility room -- and connected to the same gas line that feeds our water heater? How much space would I need for a unit like that? Thanks!

Yes; they do make natural & LP gas powered generators.
No you can not install them inside a house.
Additionally, they are not very quiet.

nealtw 04-05-2013 12:05 PM

http://www.smps.us/home-generators.html

JoeD 04-05-2013 01:42 PM

This post is three years old and was revived by a spammer who's post has been deleted.

nealtw 04-05-2013 02:17 PM

Visiters do read these old posts, so I don't think the information is a waist


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