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Offline NorIDhunter

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"Doghouse" for genset
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:56:45 AM »
Steven & Jack mentioned "these generators are not designed to work inn the rain. Make a doghouse for them".
So I am going to actually use a old dog kennel that was in my shop.


This genny is a 6kw and will be used to power my deep well pump (456').

I plan to add a couple of pieces of 2x material front/back, a length piece of 1/2" OSB shet  and some roof metal for a shed roof/ snow load. The plastic of the kennel should act as a sled for getting it through the snow and I'll add a tow rope to the back side. For alleviation of heat build up, I figure I can fasten a small fan inside and plug into one of the 120V outlets while the pump uses one of the 240V ones.

Any other thoughts or suggestions?
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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2012, 09:24:54 AM »
Any potential for horizontal rain?? (I lived in Florida for a time, and horizonatl rain due to wind gusts wasn't uncommon.)

Maybe you can build a second shelter around this first on, but a cruder, wood structure like a mini version of a picnic table roof or a car port.

(But I totally dig how perfectly this plastic dog house fits around your generator. The lid tilts up for easy access to the gen so you can refuel it, and the ventilation is phenomenal.) 
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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2012, 08:04:49 PM »
Very cool. Sometimes it is good to take things literally.

I like the idea of the fan for cooling.  Have you given any thought to porting the exhaust so the generator doesn't ingest its own fumes?  I've been thinking dryer exhaust line with another vent fan might work.

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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 07:51:13 PM »
Just make sure the exhaust doesn't ignite the box.  I've seen people build boxes around their generators and then the gennie burns down their house after igniting the cover.

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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2012, 08:02:28 AM »
Also heat from exhaust could melt the house if not careful.  My genset has been cherry red and that would of destroyed that house.  But good idea.




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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2012, 08:04:48 AM »
Hehe, when I first looked at photo 2, I thought the board on the left was a rifle propping up the top.

Good idea, but as others pointed out, be sure that the plastic doesn't melt or burn. 
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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2012, 07:20:45 AM »
@ All, Thanks for the input, especially about the exhaust heat factor. Certainly wouldn't want a molten goo mass (or worse).  :o
I had e-mailed Steven Harris about suggestions for a new muffler design, since this is NOT a quiet Honda and had hoped to vent it outside as well. But I've gotten no reply from him on the subject.
So - I'll throw it out to the folks in the community. Any ideas on how to reduce the noise signature some while not affecting exhaust flow too much? Just a note that this gen is over 20 years old so "Honda" parts may be non-existent.
Maybe a used 4 stroke dirt bike muffler/exhaust and a small piece of something like double wall fireplace chimney pipe going thru the plastic? Get a fabricator/muffler shop to curve a piece of 1" or so steel tubing so there's no "90's" like with a piece of galv pipe/fittings?
Or am I overthinking this?  ???
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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2012, 05:08:19 PM »
How bout one of the old tractor exhausts.  Has the flap on top to keep water out. 




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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2012, 06:14:40 PM »
Its a lot of work, but in the army we sandbagged around generators to reduce the noise.  It doesnt reduce noise to inaudible in a suburban "my neighbors cant hear it" sense, more of a "people two blocks over can't hear it."  You get most of the noise going up instead of out.   
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Re: "Doghouse" for genset
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2012, 08:03:55 PM »
When I first read this I thought how cool, make a dog house with a name plate like Crusher or Mangler or some name that meant trouble if you come into my yard.... 8)

Anyway sounds like a good project.
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