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Energy Options => Other Energy Sources => Topic started by: suzysurvivor on August 13, 2018, 06:47:05 AM

Title: probably a dumb question but...
Post by: suzysurvivor on August 13, 2018, 06:47:05 AM
we have one of those monster Generac generators that runs on propane.   

Here's my question:  once it kicks on....does it just run and use propane at a consistent rate or do it use less propane if we use less watts?  Like if we only run the fridge and one light...or does it use the same amount at the same rate if we light up the whole house?
Title: Re: probably a dumb question but...
Post by: Redman on August 13, 2018, 09:30:13 AM
Pretty sure they run at a constant speed but fuel consumption may increase with the load. Burning more fuel to maintain speed most likely.
Title: Re: probably a dumb question but...
Post by: Carl on August 13, 2018, 04:45:20 PM
  Constant RPM but fuel use increases with power provision.
Title: Re: probably a dumb question but...
Post by: IKN on October 06, 2018, 09:31:02 AM
Think of it like your car. Fuel usage goes up if driving into a strong headwind, i.e more power required to maintain speed due to increased load from wind resistance.
Your generator also requires a certain amount of fuel just to run even if little or no load.
The engine also has a "Sweet Spot" as far as load. Above this point the amount of fuel required goes up more for the same increase in load.