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    Generator shed

    We had an extended power outage a couple of weeks ago, and it didn't take us long to get tired of extension cords running to our little generator. Our power company offers Generlink, so we got a larger generator and are getting the Generlink installed at our meter.

    The generator needs to be pretty close to the meter, and I've seen where a lot of people modify an outdoor storage cabinet into a generator shed. Of course the generator instructions say not to run it without a certain amount of clearance on every side, I assume mainly for airflow and exhaust clearance reasons.

    The storage modifications typically include 2 or 3 louvered vents for general airflow and air intake, exhaust plumbing out of the shed, and some have a small attic fan plugged into the generator that is running whenever the generator is. Would there be any generator longevity concerns with a set up like this? If the weather is nice, which it typically is after a round of storms, we could open it up, but there may be an occasional need for enclosed running.

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    How large of a generator are you dealing with?
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    When I was looking to do the same thing that was the one aspect that turned me off to GenerLink. Of course I'm in the snow belt and depending on the snow and wind I could have 30" drifts out at the side of house where the meter is.

    I went with an interlock system in my breaker panel and a receptacle out on the porch into which I can plug in a portable generator and run the whole house.

    But... that doesn't help you at this point.

    I have seen various generator enclosures. Some were very simple and others were very elaborate. Paul Short on his YouTube channel built a metal one that is very elaborate. It has cooling fans.

    Being in Louisiana I'm assuming your main concern is rain.

    Don't laugh but have you considered something like a GenTent?

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    Also, do a google image search on "generator weather box" and you will see dozens of examples that may give you an idea on what would work best for your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by userjh160 View Post
    Would there be any generator longevity concerns with a set up like this?
    The problems with these sorts of things are pretty much never issues of generator longevity. They aren't "generator" problems at all.The shed needs to be big enough to allow air circulation and so that the exhaust is far enough away from a wall that it doesn't melt the wall or set it in fire.

    I've seen some where they used one of the Rubbermaid garbage can storage sheds modified with vents and fans so you don't need to go huge.
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    I've been using one of these at my mother's house for like ever...

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    I open the lid, open the doors, start the generator, close the lid leaving the doors open while the generator is running.

    * Note: The exhaust on my mother's generator is facing the doors.
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    Ive seen more then one of those melted down. I would design my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    I've been using one of these at my mother's house for like ever...

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    I open the lid, open the doors, start the generator, close the lid leaving the doors open while the generator is running.

    * Note: The exhaust on my mother's generator is facing the doors.
    Any issues running with the doors open in a heavy rain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Any issues running with the doors open in a heavy rain?
    No.
    Just had 10" of heavy wet snow over at my mother's place and the generator was running pretty much the entire time.
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    It's a 9200 watt generator. I've looked at the gen-tents, just a little concerned about water splashing up in one of our frog stranglers. That plastic shed is pretty close to what I'm looking at.

    Another option I have is to get a 100 foot cord, Generlink sells them. I measured from our meter to our storage building and would have a few feet to spare. I could open the windows and leave the door cracked open, maybe figure out a way to route the exhaust out. I'm sure those cords are pretty pricey, but that may be the cheapest option.

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    This is the setup I had in the trailer hood. Had a cable attached to the panel with it's own breaker. I had to manually turn off the main and on the generator.
    My 6,600 generator has the intake and exhaust on the ends. So I would just use a long door mat to cover the unit with wise. A couple bungee cords to hold it on. Never had a problem with it running out in the weather.

    Put the carpet side down and the rubber side up. This helps protect the fuel tank paint and allows the water to run off.
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