Running a genny off propane or butane?

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Re: Running a genny off propane or butane?

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There are some heavy duty alternators that can supply over 300 amps 12v, I expect that they're pricey.

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Post office telephones, before the days of BT, used small portable LPG generators to power lighting at work sites. 27.5 volts nominal, to charge 24 volt batteries and/or power 25 volt GLS lamps.

These still sometimes turn up secondhand, and if in good working order are worth considering for the off grid home with a 24 volt battery system. Several manufacturers built these to the same Post office specification.
They worked for days from the large propane cylinders, I suspect that quite a few were "borrowed" in the 1970s power cuts.
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