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Your Generator: The Essential Safe Storage Checklist

March 2, 2022

When you purchased your portable generator, you either filled it up with gasoline and oil to give it a test run or you waited until you actually needed it. Once you tested it or used it the first time, you probably put it away and moved on. 

Has a month or more passed since you put your generator away? If so, the gas left in the carburetor can start to go bad. Gasoline that has not been treated with fuel stabilizer can gum up the carburetor creating blockages that will affect the engine’s performance. 

Blockage warning signs to watch for: 

  • You’re only able to run the machine on choke.
  • Surging.
  • Your generator won’t start at all.

When an outage occurs, you pull your generator out of storage, trusting it to get your lights back on, keep your food from spoiling, and heat or cool your home. What if it doesn’t work? What then? 

If your generator was stored improperly, it may not be able to come through for you. 

Just like your generator, your log splitter, snow blower, and other gasoline-powered products need to be stored properly. Whether you need to keep the power on, split logs to stay warm during cold days and nights, or clear snow after a heavy winter storm, it’s important to keep the fuel fresh in any of your gasoline-powered products so they’re ready to go when you are.

Take a little bit of extra time now and go through this safe storage checklist to ensure your peace of mind later.

Use the Right Type of Fuel: We recommend unleaded gasoline with an ethanol content of 10% or less. It’s perfectly fine to use 85 to 91 octane fuels. The difference between them won’t be noticeable. Using non-ethanol fuel is beneficial since it reduces fuel storage issues. Visit www.Pure-Gas.org to find a station that offers this kind of fuel. 

Add Fuel Stabilizer: Storing your generator without the addition of fuel stabilizer means the gasoline can go bad within a month, causing major problems. Using fuel stabilizer can help extend the gasoline’s lifespan for up to 24 months. If you do have older fuel sitting in the carburetor, we recommend that you run it at least once a month for about 15 minutes to prevent any older fuel from corroding it. You can get stabilizers at your local auto parts store or online. 

Clean or Replace Your Carburetor: Bad fuel produces debris that prevents fuel from flowing the way it should. If your generator has been stored improperly with gasoline in the fuel tank or carburetor, all the fuel must be drained and the carburetor has to be cleaned to remove the debris and clear up blockages so you can use your generator safely. 

Want to skip the cleaning process? Replace your unit’s carburetor and your generator will fire right up. 

If you did store your generator properly by draining the fuel tank and carburetor according to your owner’s manual, great! You have a much easier job ahead of you. 

Removal from Storage: Take your generator out of storage and place it outside. 

Add Fresh Fuel: The first thing you’ll need to do is add fresh, regular octane fuel. Make sure you don’t overfill the tank so you can allow for fuel expansion. 

Check for Fuel Leaks: Next, you’re going to want to check for fuel leaks. Make sure your engine switch is off, then, turn your fuel valve on. Wait five minutes and then check the carburetor and air filter areas for leaks. If you do happen to discover a leak, you’ll need to disassemble your carburetor to clean it or replace it. 

Check the Oil: If you don’t find any leaks, you can go ahead and turn your fuel valve to off, use a dipstick to check the oil level, and add fresh oil if necessary.

Check the Air Filter: Next, take a look at your air filter and make sure there are no obstructions like bugs or cobwebs. Remove any obstructions you find and clean and replace the air filter according to your owner’s manual.     

That’s it! 

Fresh fuel, no leaks, fresh oil, clean air filter, and you’re good to go.

The next time you’re ready to store your generator, log splitter, snow blower, or other gasoline-powered product, resist the urge to just put it away quickly because you have other things to do. During an emergency, you may not have the luxury of time to complete this checklist properly.

Take the time now to do it right, and you’ll save yourself time and hassle later. Your future self will thank you!  

Six Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Hurricane Season

May 31, 2021

The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual and the latest outlook calls for 19 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes (category 3 or higher). For comparison, this forecast is above the 30-year average of 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

The official Atlantic hurricane season is June 1 to Nov 30, so now’s the time to make sure you’re prepared.

Here’s a quick list of items to check off your list ASAP.

Evacuation Plan: Know the recommended evacuation route, and keep your gas tank full. 

Supplies: Keep bottled water and other supplies on hand.

Hurricane Kit: Include a first-aid kit, medications, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, batteries, whistle and local maps.

Copy Important Documents: Back up your computer, and keep copies of important documents in a safety deposit box. 

Prepare Your Home: Secure or store outdoor items, and make sure your roof and shingles are in good shape to withstand strong winds.

Back Up Your Power: Determine what type of generator you need in case of a power outage. 

Last year’s storms, wildfires, and concerns over COVID contributed to the fact that the portable generator industry experienced record growth last year. This year, due to the same factors and ever-changing current events, people continue to buy portable generators at a record rate. Buy early to avoid having your item on backorder and to take advantage of pre-hurricane season promotions. 

When the power’s out, appliances you depend on, like your refrigerator, electric stove, lights and A/C can’t be used. Your food will go bad if you lose power to your refrigerator and replacing all of it is incredibly expensive. If you can’t charge your phone, use your computer or tune in to the local news, you’ll be cut off from communication, which is vital during a hurricane power outage. If you can’t cool your home because the power’s out, staying home could get unbearable, plus high temperatures and humidity can damage your home’s interior. 

A reliable generator ensures peace of mind during a power outage caused by a hurricane. There are two main types of generators for hurricanes: portable and home standby. 

A portable generator is perfect if you only want to back up a few essentials. Portable generators come in different sizes, run on either gasoline, propane or even natural gas, and don’t need to be installed.

If you’d like to power more than just the essentials, or even your whole home, consider a home standby generator. Standbys are connected to your propane or natural gas system and never need refueling. Your home standby generator starts automatically when the power goes out and returns to standby when power is restored, ensuring security and convenience for your family during a hurricane power outage.

Having a safe source of power during an emergency is priceless since now more than ever, the security and safety of your family is more important than anything else.

New Tri-Fuel Natural Gas Ready Portable Generator

May 3, 2021

Choose Your Fuel: New Natural Gas Ready Generator With Tri-Fuel Technology Offers Powerful Flexibility

Imagine one generator designed with the ability to run off of your choice of three fuels. No need to imagine it any longer – Champion’s natural gas ready generator is a reliable source of power with the ultimate in fuel flexibility. When you’re not running your generator on natural gas, you also have the option of operating it on gasoline or propane. The ability to operate your generator on three types of fuel makes this one of the most versatile generators on the market.

Champion Power Equipment introduces their first generator with the flexibility to run off of natural gas, gasoline, or propane. No matter which fuel you choose, you’re all set to go right out of the box since Champion includes natural gas and propane hoses, plus a battery for the convenient electric start and engine oil. 

You’d think operating a generator like this would be complicated, especially if you want to switch fuels, but Champion makes it easy. The EZ Start dial allows you to safely select gasoline, propane (LPG), or natural gas (NG) as your fuel source, plus a propane/natural gas selector is located on the side panel.

Having all this flexibility at your disposal is great, but not at the risk of your family’s well-being when not used properly. Portable generator safety has always been the top priority for Champion, so of course, Champion’s new Tri-Fuel Generator also includes CO Shield® technology. Champion’s CO Shield offers peace of mind with powerful protection from hazardous carbon monoxide in case a generator is not used in an appropriate area. Generators should only be operated outside in open-air environments far away from windows, doors, and vents.

The natural gas ready unit includes a 25-foot NG hose kit, which includes a female quick connect end, a female flare fitting end and an NPT male adapter so you can easily connect your generator to your home’s natural gas source. 

When propane is a more convenient fuel source, simply use the supplied 6-foot propane hose with a built-in regulator to connect your generator to a propane tank. Your generator will run for up to 5 hours at 50% load when you use a 20-pound propane tank. 

If running your generator off of gasoline makes the most sense for your activities, you’re good to go since the 8.5-gallon fuel tank will run for up to 12.5 hours at 50% load when it’s full.

Champion’s new natural gas ready generator with Tri-Fuel technology is one more way Champion Power Equipment is constantly working to bring you advanced, innovative features to make sure you have access to flexible, reliable power whenever you need it.

View the new Champion Tri-Fuel Generator Specs →