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Outdoor generator enclosure options

Posted by studiovette (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 29, 13 at 13:24

Please post your thoughts, pictures and ideas for making or buying a safe home and operating space for your generators. I have seen a ton of youtube videos showing some Rubbermaid/suncast type enclsoures but I am very skeptical on how safe they are. I'm sure with the right mod's they could work fine. Some of the ideas that are common are to insulate the entire interior with foil type insullation, install a cooling fan and venting ducts etc.. I am new to the generator world and would like to do some of the work myself but will hire a licensed electrician for anything I am uncertain on like installing a transfer switch etc..

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RE: Outdoor generator enclosure options

Are you thinking about a permanent enclosure for a portable generator, a permanent enclosure for a generator set in place, a temporary enclosure for a portable generator,....

RE: Outdoor generator enclosure options

I guess a Permanent enclosure for a portable generator. I want to be able to store the generator all year round in this enclosure and have it ready to fire up in case of an emergency inside this enclosure protected from the outside elements.

RE: Outdoor generator enclosure options

What you seem to be seeking seems not possible. If you want it protected by the elements during non-use, you want an enclosure that won't allow exhaust to escape when it is running.

I would look into one of those plastic mini-sheds, and locate that next to a pad of some sort--perhaps using flagstone or pavers. Then when you need the generator, roll it out of the little shed onto the pad and fire it up.

Here is a link that might be useful: rubbermaid shed

RE: Outdoor generator enclosure options

The trouble is that it would have to be very large in order to be sure you cooled properly. Before it got large enough to be cool, you could then walk into it and then it becomes an asphyxiation hazard. What you need to do is build something with completely removable sides.

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