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Old 08-22-2014, 08:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Gas sipping generators?

An interesting idea my mom and I were throwing back and forth, are there any generators capable of running a small heater for 4-6 hours that would use less than a gallon of gas? One of the posts I work up here I have no access to electricity and it gets ~20F at night. If I could burn 1/2-3/4 gallon a day, it would be worth it to me personally to he comfortable. Unless there is some sort of plug-inable thing that is capable of the same feat, I think it's my best option.

P.S to clarify, the genny would only be running about 6 hours a night max. Maybe 8 if it got really cold and I had to have it running all shift. She asked if a car battery is capable since we have a trickle charger at home, but I don't think it is.

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Combust the fuel, get heat. Cut out the middleman.
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Combust the fuel, get heat. Cut out the middleman.
Ha, ha ha. Ha ha ha.

Anyway, I was looking at this one but idk. It seems small enough and strong enough, and I can't find anything else around that price.

900 Peak/800 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) Gas Generator
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Electric vest powered from 12v battery. Make it yourself for $10. Takes a lot less energy if you put the heat right into the body not air. 20-30 watt should be plenty, but if your going to do it, wire 2 circuits so you can have 3 heat settings.

Made one about 10 years ago for winter motorcycle commute.

http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/forum/sho...d.php?p=922173

Using a battery you'll only get 12 volts, so have to adjust calculation for that.

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Waste oil heater or wood burner if you have a ready supply of either.
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Ha, ha ha. Ha ha ha.
I was serious. Use a fueled heater of some sort.
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Waste oil heater or wood burner if you have a ready supply of either.
I'm sitting inside of a car. It has to not kill me with fumes :P. The reason I thought of a generator was I could run a extension cord through a small cracked window.
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They wouldn't in a house, but you never said car. Look at apu's, its what they're designed for.
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They wouldn't in a house, but you never said car. Look at apu's, its what they're designed for.
What is an apu exactly?
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What is an apu exactly?
Auxillary Power unit, big trucks use it instead of idling.

If all you need is heat, look towards RV stuff. My old VW camper had a gas feed heater. Which would be more efficient like Frank said.

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