In less than no distance time, running generators on cooking gas is likely going to become a standard practice as the number of people converting their generators are gradually on the increase.
With the alarming rate of global warming due to gradual depletion of the Ozone layer; due to so many factors like the emission or injection of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, through a rise in the usage of gasoline generators, there is need for our country men and good minded people to do something new that will be friendly to the nature and environment.
We will be doing ourselves and posterity a lot of good if we begin to do the right things now.
You don’t need to be much of a technical person or technically inclined to do a conversion. All you need is just to follow few simple steps or guides.
How lucrative is this business?
The epileptic electric power supply these days and the relatively cheaper cost in using gas over petrol, and so many other advantages have made the business a very lucrative one and the turnover is enough to fix so many things in one’s life. Customers are everywhere even around you. One-on-one contact method where you have opportunity to do a playback of simple video clips of some of your works is enough to get you customers. You can also make a public display of one of your work for people to see; that alone will attract passers-by and before you know it, prospective customers will start flocking around. You can also talk to colleagues at work or even your neighbors etc.
In this part of the world, people are generally scared of gas: I wish to tell you that so many things can be very dangerous too if safety measures guiding usage are not properly followed. Cooking gas is not an exception. In this civilized age, you rarely see someone who doesn’t use cooking gas in the kitchen despite its hazardous nature; the same safety measures should be applicable when using same gas to run your generators and there won’t be any cause for alarm.
Permit me to draw your attention to this: The developed countries in the world confidently run their generators on gas, because gas is cheaper and environmentally friendly. They cook with gas in their kitchens; the fireplace in the living room also utilize gas in most cases, etc. People in the developing countries should also embrace this idea too. In fact, if we can use gas for cooking in our various homes then we shouldn’t be scared of using gas to power our generators in the open air.
So running petrol generators using gas is very safe and this is seen to be safer than using petrol in the following senses:
- There is less danger of spill unlike the case of petrol. If there is leakage even when the gas generator is running, the gas is simply diffused into the atmosphere.
- The fuel tank of petrol generator is mounted directly on the hot exhaust. Any little spill can set the generator on fire and much more harm can be done from that.
- Carbon monoxide/ Carbon monoxide emission from petrol generators is very high. This can be very dangerous to health and can suffocate or kill when concentration becomes very high. More so, Carbon-dioxide contributes greatly in the depletion of the Ozone layer. The opposite is the case of a gas powered generator. CO and CO2 emission is very very low and thus, It reduces the probability of suffocation due to higher concentration.
ADVANTAGES OF USING COOKING GAS TO RUN YOUR GENERATORS
Using cooking gas to power your generator comes with lots of advantages.
- Running generators on gas is by far cheaper than running it on petrol.5kg of cooking gas can serve between 40-50 run hours using a 2.5kva generator. Whereas petrol of N3500 may not exceed 15 run-hours. It saves you over 40% of cost compared to petrol.
- Gas is readily available. So the fear of scarcity of petrol which usually occurs, is eliminated.
- Offers less pollution to the atmosphere because gas burns almost completely in the combustion chamber and only traces of carbon-dioxide leaves the exhaust.
- Running your generator on gas will also help you to save cost on maintenance and servicing of the generator. Since gas burns almost completely, there is less deposits of un-burnt carbon inside the combustion chamber. By this, maintenance will be done less often than when using petrol.
- Engine slightly runs with a lesser noise when using gas compared to petrol.
- It is far more dangerous to store petrol in rubber or metallic containers at home than the storage of gas in high density gas
- Petrol degrades and the quality significantly reduces when stored over a long time; in fact, from about 3 months of storage. The case of gas is different as gas can stay for years in a cylinders without degradation or loss in quality.
- Petrol generators have their fuel tanks mounted directly above the hot exhaust. This poses the hazard of fire outbreak unlike the case of gas generators whose cylinder could be kept meters away from the generator. Even if there is leakage, it will diffuse swiftly to the atmosphere and poses less risk of fire.
CONVERSION KIT [ DUAL FUEL CARBURETOR]
Allows standard gasoline generators to run on cooking gas / natural gas.
- The kit comes pre-assembled, made of a pressure reduction/control unit and a carburetor, and design comes in different output sizes for generators.
- Installation of the kit can be done within 10 – 15 minutes.
- No modification is required for the generator or its frame.
- Even when starter battery is dead, unit will still operate on pull start.
- Gas conversion will start easily from cold state of the generator and it requires no choke.
- Quick press of the primer up to 10seconds introduces a shot of gas to the carburetor and the machine will start easily.
AVAILABLE SIZES OF DUAL FUEL CARBURETOR
- 2.0 – 3.0KVA
- 3.5 – 10KVA
HOW TO INSTALL A DUAL FUEL CARBURETOR- STEPS:
Learning how to convert your petrol generators to run on LPG(Cooking gas) is simpler than learning a nursery school rhymes. You don’t have to be much of a technical person to do this. All you need do is to follow few simple steps stipulated below:
- Open the air filter compartment gently and remove the filter.
- Unscrew the air filter housing to expose the two nuts attaching the carburetor to the combustion chamber.
- Now unscrew the nuts from the studs carefully.
- Partially shift the carburetor forward a bit to expose the gasket.
- Please take note of the gasket between the combustion chamber and the carburetor and ensure that it is not damaged. Because of damaged, it would lead to pressure loss and make the generator unstable.
- If gasket is cracked or damaged, you can replace it with a new one. Gaskets are quite cheap.
- Carefully remove the connecting rod and the spring on the carburetor.
- At this point, remove the petrol carburetor.
- Install the dual fuel carburetor couple back the system following a reverse order of the steps.
STARTING THE GENERATOR
Note: With the installation of a Dual Fuel Carburetor, the original power of the generator is not affected. Power output still depends on the nature and condition of the generator.
- Check the oil level and run the generator to ensure that it is in perfect working condition
- Long- press the primer button for about 10 seconds to allow shots of gas into the carburetor and then restart again.
- Close the choke and open again when it has started.
There might still be traces of petrol in the system; no cause for alarm. This might however, make the running generator unstable, and will stop after few seconds when the petrol is completely burnt in the combustion chamber.
If the generator works perfectly on petrol but shoots on gas , this implies mixture of air with gas in the cylinder. Remove the gas regulator and let out the air by pushing down the needle valve in the cylinder. Press down continuously and intermittently until u begin to feel the gas(the temperature will become cooler). Replace back the gas regulator and then restart.
When you stop the generator, the pressure regulating valve will be shut at the same time, the gas stream will be cut off and the machine will completely shut down
SAFETY MEASURES WHEN RUNNING YOUR GENERATOR ON COOKING GAS:
- Ensure the following safety measures are followed whenever you run your generators using cooking gas:
- Don’t keep generator in an enclosed place this could be hazardous.
- The gas cylinder should not be kept directly behind the exhaust of a running generator; in fact, it should be yards apart. Your gas hose should be long enough to permit this.
- Before you put on the generator ensure there are no traces of leakages especially at connection points of the hose.
- Use standard gas regulator only for this purpose[ the conventional one used for your cooking gas cylinder(30mBar) ]
- Make sure the gas hose has a very good quality
- When running on gas, shut off the petrol valve
RECOMMENDED GAS REGULATOR FOR CYLINDER DURING INSTALLATION
Only use recommended gas regulator for this purpose.
Please beware of fake. There are lots of vendors out there with inferior regulators which end up sending more than required volume of gas per given time to the combustion chamber.
- Gas Regulator with a gauge
- On/Off control valve
- Equipped with in-built safety features
- Helps monitor gas usage
This gas regulator effectively regulates the pressure and volume of gas leaving your cylinder. It also has additional Bourdon pressure gauge that tells you the exact amount or level of gas in the cylinder .
It is the best gas regulator of the year by Institute of Government Research.
It fits all sizes of domestic cylinders i.e, 12.5kg, 25kg, 50kg etc.
This type has been designed with leakages detection functionality. It will automatically cuts off the flow of gas at a certain pressure when leakage or a significant release is detected, Shutting off the stream of gas naturally.