April 6, 2015
“The generator should be placed in the machine room.”
Given that the subject of this thread is Gasoline Storage for a Portable Generator, as has been said before, portable generator must not be in any room. The are for outdoor use only. The instructions for portable generators are very clear. Do not attempt to operate a portable generator before reading and complying with all of the instructions.
As far as storage of gasoline in buildings, especially in portable containers is well covered by the fire code. Contact the local fire code official for specific information about what you can have inside of a building and what you could have outside of a building (and where).
March 13, 2018
Yes, no matter it is open type generator, portable generator or silent generator. It should be set in a well-ventilated area. Don’t place it in a random places where are not safe.
The generator should be placed in the machine room.
1. Generator should be managed by special personnel, non-full-time personnel shall not be allowed in, and shoes must be insulated during operation.
2. Genset room should be equipped with corresponding fire fighting equipment.
3. Special personnel, full-time maintenance and operation of generators, should be familiar with machine operation construction principles.
4. The generator room should be wind-proof, rain-proof, and prevent small animals from entering.
5. On-duty personnel must be familiar with the performance of the generator set, and do winter anti-freezing, summer anti-high temperature and other maintenance work.
6. Before each use, check the amount of oil, whether the water tank is adequate, whether the throttle rack is flexible, and whether the battery has electricity. Before using in winter, try a few turns of the flywheel.
7. After the generator is in operation, it is necessary to observe whether the oil pressure meter and water thermometer are normal or not. Stop and check in time if there is any abnormality, and start the backup generator.
The exposed part of exhaust pipe should not come into contact with wood or other flammable materials.
The extension of the exhaust pipe must allow thermal expansion, and the pipe can prevent rainwater from entering.
There are two ways to install the exhaust pipe:
① Horizontal overhead: The advantage is less turning and less resistance; the disadvantage is poor indoor heat dissipation and high temperature in the machine room.
② Laying in the trench: The advantage is good indoor heat dissipation; the shortcomings have many turns and the resistance is large.
February 18, 2019
Never use a generator inside of a home, garage, crawlspace, shed, or other enclosed area. Locate the unit outdoors and far from doors, windows, and vents. Always run your generator in a well-ventilated area, and only if you can vent its exhaust safely. Make sure the exhaust hose is placed far from other campers, tents, boats, cabins, etc.
January 5, 2007
You could see if they will approve some type of aux. tank if you have room to place one per the code.
I kind of take it you are in a normal residental lot area and not setting on a few acres??
Just watch where you put this thing, and do not get carbon monoxide into the house or use cheap extension cords or you will have a bigger problem.
January 5, 2007
Thank you for the responses. I did call the Poudre Fire Authority and no one was there at the time with the answer but will call back.
I purchased a Coleman Powermate 6750 generator. Per the specifications, with a 7 gallon gas tank it will run for 10.5 hours at 50% load.
I”ll have to follow the codes of the Fire Authority but will be very dissapointed if I”m not able to store enough fuel to protect ourselves during a power outage for more than a day or so.
June 10, 2016
If your in Colorado its regulated, most likely using the 2003 IFC. IFC section 3404.3.4.4 requires that if you store more than 10 gallons, then it needs to be stored in an approved cabinet. IFC section 3404.3.4.2, subsection 7 limits you to 120 gallons when storage is outside of cabinet and 240 gallons when stored in cabinets.
In addition your containers need to be approved safety cans, which are listed by either UL or FM and have a spring loaded cap with an internal flame arrestor.
Finally, the local fire code official can require a permit for storage over 5 gallons. An exception exists in IFC section 105.6.16 that exempts equipment such as your, but it must be based on the opinion of the code official. This means you need to ask the local fire marshal or a staff member as to how they interpret this section to determine if a permit is needed.
The City of Fort Collins obtains fire protection from Poudre Fire Authority. You can contact them at:
Ask for Ron Gonzales. Good guy and very knowledgeable.
July 16, 2000
Talk to the locak fire department to see if the regulate it. If they do not I would suggest using a portable tank with a hand pump designed for gas storage and not a lot of little containers or 55 drum. Do not store more than 5 gallons in a garage and even that is a little to much.
Something like this
How big is the tank on the generator and what do they say the consumbtion is???
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