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  1. philSweet
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    I guess if all your vehicles and stuff are diesel, that is the way to go for a genset. But if not, I'd consider an all propane cabin for a clean sheet design. Find a propane genset. I'd get a modern one by choice. Briggs and many others offer backup gensets with autostart and auto switchover. They come in a nice housing, but not exactly cheap, and they require an authorized installer to gain warranty coverage, but it is a very competitive market and I'm quite impressed with what's available today.

    Little Briggs unit. As close to plug-and-play as you can get. Unless you plan on connecting the genset to your batts with jumper cables on an ad hoc basis, the intergration in this sort of setup is hard to duplicate for the price.

    http://www.briggsandstratton.com/us...erator-with-50-amp-10-circuit-transfer-switch

    see the pdf link in the above link. The pdf didn't want to load directly.
     
  2. WestVanHan
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    Sounds cooll!
    If you don't mind asking roughly whereabouts?

    As for the $100 genset,assuming it's one of the cheap chinese units-I have used them in the past and myself I don't trust them.
    Perhaps better to buy a decent used Honda for reliability,and then have it for back up later on?
    Or sell it for the same price you paid.
     
  3. parkland
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    Well is included, so not an issue.
     
  4. parkland
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    Kootenay lake,

    And I know what you mean about the cheap generator, it sucks, but I use it all the time, it should be just good enough to get the generator shed build, and install something reliable.
     
  5. parkland
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    I'm pretty much sold on the listeroid diesel for a couple reasons.
    I plan on using it to use excess engine coolant for heat when needed. I also want to try adding and EGR cooler off a truck, to the exhaust, to capture that heat too.
    Also they are easy to fix, and run good on different grades of oil.

    IMHO briggs and stratton engines are designed for occasional light use, not intended for 100% duty, not designed for a long lifespan.
     
  6. pdwiley
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    I would agree with that 100%. IMO their engines are utter crap compared with, say, a Honda or similar. I avoid B&S engines if at all possible.

    Those 2 stroke low output generators are crap, too. Noisy, smelly and highly inefficient. A good Honda, Kipor, Yamaha or similar inverter generator is much, much nicer to use and far more fuel efficient.

    I have 2 spare Lister 3 cylinder air cooled diesels in my 'spare engine' inventory. One day I think one of them will become a standby generator set.

    PDW
     
  7. philSweet
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    Well, I was basing my suggestion on the above. If you plan to run it for five months and put it to bed, the unit I pointed at wouldn't be any good. The reason I suggested it was because I thought it better matched your duty cycle than a continuous rated diesel that weighs 750 pounds and takes half an hour just to warm up. That and the fuel source.
     
  8. WestVanHan
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    I love that area..tons of history and places to explore as you well know.

    Keep in mind there is a healthy black bear and cougar population in that area....a good watch dog will deter and suggest having firearms around just in case.

    Barricade your campers well when not around/after summer,if not-they can get inside in about 5 seconds and will rip them to pieces.

    I used to import the water cooled Listeroids out of India,they are great and will run on almost anything you can mix in the tank and that will explode...but at 1300 pounds for 20 hp are a pain to move.
     
  9. parkland
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    Yeah I love the area because it's not as touristy as some places.
    Animals can be a pain, but what are you gonna do. This place is right on riaondel road between riondel and kootenay bay. Not too remote, but the possibility still exists for sure that animals might come around.

    I thought of importing one, but theres a guy in alberta that already does, and they're supposed to be a good brand. ecodiesel canada.

    I'm only after a 1 cyl 6 hp unit, but they're still heavy, a true stationary engine.
     
  10. WestVanHan
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    Ah yes Bluebell.
    Very nice little village,that area is great. A lot of mountain roads to explore around there,on which we saw something very unusual.

    edit: google street view has run the area...
     

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    Do tell ....:)
     
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