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2017-12-17 by Daniel
Non-ferrous fuel pickup weights mandatory!
One can find lead-free fishing weight, lead-free auto wheel balance ribbon or even coil some lead-free solid core plumbers solder around the pickup filter stem… If there is enough used items around the Homesteads then brass plumbing parts or washers might be available just for looking…
Those flash (extremely thin plating to protect product in storage prior to sale) galvanized washers inside the steel can is bad mojo, never both sides/pieces in percussive pair of iron/steel objects around flammable vapors!
2017-12-17 by Russell Graves
Hm, that’s a valid point - I hadn’t really thought about that. I think the washers are zinc all the way through, but I don’t know for sure. I may replace those with lead weights.
2017-12-17 by Daniel
They used to use an 80/20 lead-zinc alloy as a dipped coating on sheet steel gasoline tanks, zinc is the key as if/when dissimilar metal leaching or exchange happens its only the zinc that suffers (on very long term basis) thus its sacrificial, and benefits ferrous metal - imagine the fuel pickup protecting the steel gas can… so maybe just go with zinc, thats all the ‘lead-free’ stuffs I mentioned above are… win/win situation
2017-12-18 by Daniel
eeek! Skip solder suggestion, no zinc there. I’m back to the salt mine, move along…
2017-12-25 by dthompson4447
Inside the gas can is FAR too rich to burn, never
when storing, leave a little gas, the fumes discourage the leaf-cutter bees
2017-12-25 by An old fart engineer
If you put the me of now in your situation I would have converted the generator to run on propane. You already have it available. The conversion parts aren’t cheap, I know, but a whole bunch of problems around gasoline just go away. Also the expensive parts for the conversion (mainly the regulator) will most likely outlast any particular generator.
2017-12-25 by Russell Graves
I was planning on it, and then realized that the conversion kit cost as much as my generator. Plus, I’d need a lot more propane out there - my 7 gallons gets me through the winter thermally, but I’d need a much bigger tank out there to run a generator all winter.
However, I have access to a fairly large tank for the asking, if I want it - it’d need to be recertified (likely), and would need a vapor outlet added to the tank (it only has a liquid outlet, and I’d want to run my heater from it too). If I put that out there, then, yes, a propane conversion kit makes a ton of sense.
2019-12-12 by Unknown
You can also buy 2" PVC caps that are flat on the top with no recess to fill with hot glue. Thanks the tutorial on this. It will help me modify a newer plastic can.
2020-09-02 by Best Dad Ever!!
Can’t you just use a boat motor tank? It already has a filter and lines?
2020-09-06 by Russell Graves
Probably. But I didn’t have any of those laying around.
2020-11-16 by Tommy B
We have a craftsman 2200i for the nights on a city camp… and it doesn’t do the night on a full fuel tank. I call that a stupid design… but yeah I think ours also use a vacuum pump as the plug has a vent valve on it. I might try to add a secondary tank aside.
2020-12-18 by Harry k
Fantastic job with the illustrations ! I just bought a Generac 7127 IQ 3500 and the fuel tank is on top, so I do not think there is a fuel pump. But not sure either & cannot seem to find this answer. Anyway, I wanted to ask your thoughts on a extended run tank system for this generator. My immediate thought is a high tank & siphon. But not sure how safe that would be. Or a pressurized aux. fuel tank. Your thoughts on how to do this would be appreciated.
2020-12-18 by Russell Graves
I wouldn’t use a pressurized anything for that sort of fuel system.
If the tank is sealed outside the cap, just put a sealed cap on with a gravity drain from a higher tank. It should work fine.