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Tri-Fuel Conversion Kits

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Common Questions Asked During Installation
of Conversion Kits for Generators & Small Engines

 

Question:
There is a small hole next to the gas inlet of the adapter, what do I need to put in the hole? Do I need to plug this port?

Answer:
No, you do not need to plug this port. There is a set screw, which is very deep in the hole and hard to see, this set screw is for holding the venturi into place in the center of the adapter.

Question:
How deep or how many turns in or out should I set the load block for adjusting the air fuel mixture before trying to start the engine?

Answer:
A good rule of thumb is to turn the load block in until it bottoms out, then turn it outward about 4 to 6 turns, this should be close enough to get the engine to fire up, but be prepared to adjust the load block as soon as the engine does start as every engine requires a different setting on the load block, then put a load on the generator and re-adjust and lock it down when the engine is running and responding properly with load change on the generator.

Question:
Will I need to re-adjust the load block each time I start my generator?

Answer:
No, once the load block is set properly under a load and locked down with the lock nut, the demand regulator will then adjust to allow more fuel or less fuel flow as the engine requires more or less fuel. You will need to re-adjust the load block when switching from propane to natural gas, as you are aware when switching a water heater or furnace from propane to natural gas you need to change the orifice, your load block is just like having an adjustable orifice, and a good rule of thumb when switching from propane to natural gas is approximately 1 turn outward, then fine tune under a load for proper air fuel mixture.

Question:
How long should I hold the manual primer when trying to start the engine?

Answer:
As it states in the instructions, no longer than 1 second, this is to ensure that you do not flood the engine right off the bat. And as each engine will start different, you may need to experiment with holding the primer for a longer period of time before trying to start the engine, count and get a number in your head for how long you held the primer, and then use that same time to start it each time after the engine has set for a long period of time, be cautious when re-starting immediately after the engine has been running as there is already gas in the hose at that time, and you could flood the engine when it's already warm. My personal generator requires that I hold the primer and count to 3 in my head and as soon as I let off the primer it starts immediately. Your engine may require a different time frame.

Question:
What is the difference between high pressure and low pressure?

Answer:
Natural gas is always low pressure, so you will not need a pressure regulator, you will only need to use the KN low pressure demand regulator. Propane is high pressure in every tank, propane makes its own pressure naturally, so if you are connecting to any tank no matter what size it is, a 20 pound cylinder (also known as a grill tank) is high pressure, and you will need a high pressure kit or the kit that does both high and low pressure. If you are connecting to a large storage tank in your back yard that is feeding your home or garage whereas the propane company has already installed a regulator to bring the pressure down to 11 inches of water column, which is the same as or equal to 6 ounces of pressure, this only requires a low pressure kit.

Question:
Can I use my regulator that I already have on my grill tank?

Answer:
This might work on a very small engine, but will not work on most generators as the regulator for a grill is set to produce enough gas flow to cook your hamburgers without singeing your eyebrows, and may not provide enough fuel flow to run your engine. Problem 2 with the grill regulator setup is the valve that attaches to the tank at the outside threads on the tank valve has a built in excess flow valve for a safety feature just in case you might cut your gas hose while cooking, the excess flow valve senses the gas flow is too high and it thinks you must of cut your hose with an axe or the lawn mower or something, and the excess flow valve will slam shut for your safety, when you try to run your generator using this valve that screws to the outside threads, it senses that the gas flow is too high and slams shut. We use the POL fitting that attaches to the inside threads of the valve of the grill tank and therefore will provide the fuel that your generator is requiring. Also the regulator that you receive in your kit will flow enough fuel to run your generator properly.

Question: (For kits with the Beam T60 and Beam T52 only)
What is the small round plug taped to the side of the regulator for?

Answer:
Unlike the Garretson KN low pressure demand regulator which has a lighter return spring setting against the gas valve inside the regulator so the engine does idle properly without an idle circuit, the Beam T60 and Beam T52 have a stronger return spring setting against the gas valve inside the demand regulator, and your engine does not draw enough vacuum at an idle to open the valve to allow for gas to flow at an idle. So there is an idle circuit mixture set screw inside the tower on the regulator to adjust for gas flow at an idle for proper idle air fuel mixture, once you have adjusted the idle air fuel mixture, the plug taped to the side of the regulator can be used to plug the idle adjustment tower to avoid anyone else from changing the idle mixture setting.

Question:
If the adapter doesn't fit my generator can I return the kit?

Answer:
Yes, absolutely. But in the rare event the adapter does not fit your generator, the first thing we are going to do is take a look at the bolt hole pattern on your engine and send out another adapter to match that pattern, but if all else fails and you have some odd ball bolt hole pattern (which is rarely seen or rarely happens) you can return the kit for a refund, absolutely.

Question:
Is using natural gas or propane on my generator safe?
(This question is sometimes asked over the phone prior to purchase, but we wanted to add it here too)

Answer:
Yes, it is absolutely safe. Let me ask you this question, "would you cook hamburgers on your grill while standing over a 5 gallon can of gasoline?", of course not, but we don't even give it a second thought about cooking hamburgers standing over the grill tank, that's because the propane fuel system is completely enclosed and contained therefore completely safe and we feel very comfortable and safe using the grill for that reason, therefore your generator will also be safe to use with the same completely enclosed and contained fuel system. Another thing to think about is when your generator needs to have more gasoline and you have just shut the engine off, you could have a fire while refueling gasoline when the engine is still hot. When you run out of fuel in a propane tank, you simply connect a new tank, which is safely done. And with natural gas you never run out of fuel so that issue of refueling with gasoline is not a problem either. The last time my generator was ran on gasoline was in 2004, I ran it on gasoline for 5 minutes to make sure the engine ran ok and the generator head put out electricity before I did my conversion, and it's never had gasoline in it since then.
But it's always wise to remember "Safety First", so that was a very good question to ask.

Question:
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