I am not going to do this work myself. I just want to know whats involved or is possible. Currently we have two 120 gallon tanks in series for a family of 4. I believe I rent the tanks. They only supply hot water, a second stove/oven used every now and then and gas logs used every now and then in the winter. Looks like the one tank has a sending unit for tank level monitoring and refills. I'd like to purchase a propane backup generator (4,000 to 8,0000 watts) either permanent (more costly) or portable (less costly) to power essential circuts. Questions:
1. Are these tanks enough to do what I want? I know generator run time is load dependant so maybe its a question of sufficient pressure. Its possible that the logs and generator and second stove would overlap some. The generator could be shut off to heat water and a shower though.
2. With either generator option would it be better to feed from both tanks in series or make parallel tanks and dedicate one to the house and one to the generator? Or can it be valved to do it both ways? The permanent generator auto runs 10 mins ever week to ensure it works when needed. The portable generator would need similar exercise if I remember!
3. With the portable option, what would the hookup look like? That is when I wheel it out for test or emergency use how long and what type of a hose do I use and what kind of dedicated tank/valve setup does it connect to that would need to be installed?
4. Anything I am missing about the propane hookup? I am away of the setback and safety considerations for running the generator near my home.