Question About Stand-by Generators

bogey123November 3, 2011

Here in NJ the Halloween snow storm hit us hard, 2nd storm so far this year that has knocked out power for several days in a row. My wife has asked about a generator to run furnace, fridge etc. We have natural gas so fuel isn't an issue.

Our home has windows on all 4 sides so we would have to put a pad at least 20ft from the home, but local regulations say that it would have to be at least 20ft from the property line. This causes me problems.

A guy I know said he heard of people having generators installed in a spare garage bay and providing ventilation via permanent piping to the outside. I tried searching but can't seem to find a generator that is advertised for interior use.

Anyone ever hear of this or is my buddy blowing hot air up my you know what?

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fruitjarfla

Propane or natural gas generator against the rules?

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 8:33AM
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exmar

Talk to the "local ordinance folks" and explain that you can't meet the criteria, is a variance possible?

Alternately, have the wiring installed, but use a portable that you drag out and connect when needed.

Good luck,

Ev

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 2:12PM
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alphonse(6)

"A guy I know said he heard of people having generators installed in a spare garage bay and providing ventilation via permanent piping to the outside."

Yes, this can be done. It requires a flexible intermediate to the hard pipe to prevent vibrations from the generator stressing pipe/generator exhaust header. Tuning will likely be required depending on length/size of discharge. This is often done industrially.
Sorry, but I can't give any sources. It IS less of an issue with natural gas/propane. Wall penetrations will be determined by your AHJ.
If you have indoor space for the generator, you can expect longer life from the unit.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 5:56PM
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bogey123

I will have to start making phone calls, thank you for your help.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2011 at 6:04PM
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