Tri Fuel Generator : Buying Guide and Reviews

Tri Fuel Generator :  Welcome to the home of the Best Tri Fuel Generators. First : Tri Fuel Generator, what exactly are we talking about?

So a Tri fuel Generator is a regular Generator that has been modified to work with 3 types of fuels ...duh...  But yes, that's basically it. A tri fuel generator will work with Propane, Natural Gas or Gasoline

Bi Fuel or Dual Fuel Generators :  So, that brings me to the Bi Fuel Generators - unlike Trifuel Generators they usually work on Gasoline and Propane. But you can handily add Natural gas to the mix using a Trifuel Conversion Kit.

Now for the folks tired of reading stuf - lets get straight on to the Best Tri Fuel Generators Available in the market today. Click on the box below to see your goodies - the Best TriFuel Generators.

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Tri fuel Generator Conversion Kit Honda EU2000i

Tri fuel Generator Conversion Kit Honda EU2000i

Customer Review : Tri Fuel Generator Conversion Kit : "It was an easy install it's working great. No messy carburetor or stinky gasoline, I went for the option to go propane or gasoline."


Why buy a Tri Fuel Generator ?

Why buy a Tri Fuel Generator ?  Couple of reasons actually; one its great in emergency situations like the aftermath of a storm or hurricane. Gasoline lines are huge : power on using natural gas, or get a propane cylinder from Walmart.

Next, a tri fuel generator gives you a break from smelly gasoline and gummed up Carburetors. So, most users will rely on  natural gas which is cheaper and cleaner.

Or the easier options if for you switch to Propane which you can buy from any neighborhood store. Thus you are much better prepared than any of your neighbors during the aftermath of a Harvey or worse with your Tri Fuel Generator.

Tri Fuel Generators are a versatile portable generator that can be used at home or while you go out camping or on a job site. And its at its best during emergency outages when long gasoline lines make gasoline portable generators next to useless.

Tri Fuel Generator Comparison Table

Tri Fuel Generator
champion bi fuel generator
Dual Fuel Pulsar Generator

Duro Max Dual Fuel

All Power Dual Fuel  

Champion 76533 3800 watt Dual Fuel

Pulsar 10,000 watt Dual Fuel

Runs on : Gasoline & Propane (LPG)

Runs on : Gasoline & Propane (LPG)

Runs on : Gasoline & Propane (LPG)

Runs on : Gasoline & Propane (LPG)

14 HP Kohler CH440 OHV

9.5 HP Kohler CH395 OHV Engine

224cc Champion single-cylinder OHV engine

420cc, 15 HP OHV engine

9000 / 7200 Surge/Running watts  - LPG (Propane)

8750 / 6700 Surge/Running watts  - Natural Gas

9000 / 7200 Surge/Running watts  - Gasoline

5300 / 4800 Surge/Running watts  - LPG (Propane)

5000 / 4560 Surge/Running watts  - Natural Gas

5300 / 4800 Surge/Running watts  - Gasoline

4275 / 3420 Surge/Running watts  - LPG (Propane)

4750 / 3800 Surge/Running watts  - Gasoline

9000 / 7000 Surge/Running watts  - LPG (Propane)

10000 / 8000 Surge/Running watts  - Gasoline

Wheel Kit included, 3 year Warranty

Natural Gas & Propane Hose Kit

Wheel Kit included, 3 year Warranty

Wheel Kit included, 3 year Warranty

Wheel Kit included, 3 year Warranty

120V 20A Duplex, 120/240V 30A Twist Lock, 120V 30A Twist Lock

120V 20A Duplex, 120/240V 30A Twist Lock, 120V 30A Twist Lock

120V 20A Duplex, 120V 30A Twist Lock, 120V 30A RV

Four 120V outlets, one 120V/240V Twist-Lock outlet, and one 120/240V 50A RV Port

less than 6% THD

less than 6% THD

72 decibel

Low oil shut off

72 decibel

Low oil shut off

72 decibel

Run time on 40 pound LPG - 20 hrs at 50% load 

Run time on 40 pound LPG - 24 hrs at 50% load 

Run time on 20 pound LPG - 10.5 hrs , 9 Hrs on Gas 

12 Hrs on Gas 50% Load 

218 lb

Electric/Recoil Start

218 lb

Recoil Start

122 lb

Electric/Recoil Start

209 lb

Electric/Recoil Start

$599.00

$1,124.18

$900.00

$999.99

Back to Basics

Looking for a Tri Fuel Generator for your Workshop or Construction site. Look no further. Here you will find the top rated Tri Fuel Generators with customer reviews, videos and specifications for you to browse to your hearts content.

Buying a Tri Fuel Generator can be a little daunting. Even savvy buyers need to be look out for a few key features before making the best buying choice of a Tri Fuel Generator.

Tri Fuel Generator Hookup

Tri Fuel Generator Kohler

Tri Fuel Generator Kohler

Unlike Regular Portable Generators,  that have a Gasoline Tank, you have additional hookup requirements for both Natural Gas as well as Propane (LPG) operated Tri Fuel Generator.

Running it on Propane (LPG) is easy requires a Propane Hose. Make suer that is part of your Tri Fuel Generator Kit.  

You can normally fit any size of LPG (Propane) tank to your tri fuel generator as long as you have the correct size of Propane Hose and maintain the right pressure. Most Tri Fuel Generator Manuals come with excellent instruction manuals for the hook ups.

Tri Fuel Generator Propane Hose

Tri Fuel Generator Propane Hose

The natural Gas-Hook Up might require the services of a plumber/gas technician as you would have get it connected to the utility gas pipes. Of course many buyers don't even go there and are happy with the Gasoline and Propane options.

If that sounds like you, check out the Dual Fuel Generators, they might be more power at a lower price point.

Tri Fuel Generator : Other Key Features

What kind of fuel capacity does the Tri Fuel Generator have? How long will it run at full load and at half load? Good answers are over 7 gallons and 8 hours or more on 50% load.

Power Outlets – Make sure your Tri Fuel Generator has the standard 5-20R 120 Volt outlets as well as the twist and lock 120 or 240 volt  L14-30R outlet. More outlets give you greater flexibility and ability to multi task.

A Quick Start feature to get you going in a jiffy is very convenient, along with a manual backup start option.  Wheels and Handles are another key element to look at.  Some units are heavy and the ability to add wheels easily is essential.

Don’t forget to look at the manufacturer’s reputation for service and quality. Customer Reviews on the best Tri Fuel generators will always be reliable. Look at them on Amazon as well as here in this Article.

 Safety Features

The key safety features you should look for are :

Outlet and Output covers that are protected from the elements as well as dust should come standard.
Overload Protection with Circuit breakers is a must have safety feature.

In order to keep your Tri Fuel generator going for a long time, it must have Automatic shut-off when its engine oil levels deplete below safe levels. Not having Auto Shut-off will eventually lead to engine damage. Silent Operation is always desirable, so look for mufflers which keep the engines quiet.

Bi Fuel Generator : Champion

Champion Power Equipment 76533 4750/3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start
Champion Power Equipment 76533 4750/3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start
539 Reviews
  • Dual Fuel: Operate your 3800-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 0.6-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • Electric Start: Power up the 224cc Champion engine with the handy toggle switch, battery included
  • Intelligauge: Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals. Dimensions-26.3 x 24.8 x 22.9 inches
  • Outlets: One 120V 30A RV outlet (TT-30R), one 120V 30A locking outlet (L5-30R) and two 120V 20A household outlets (5-20R) - trust Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent overloads
  • Champion Support: Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts

Dual Fuel Generator : Duro Max

DuroMax XP12000EH Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator, Black and Blue
DuroMax XP12000EH Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator, Black and Blue
395 Reviews
  • Powerful DuroMax Engine: the XP12000EH is powered by a DuroMax, 457cc OHV engine.
  • Dual fuel technology: the ability to run on propane or gasoline allows the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice.
  • Plenty of power: with 12,000 starting watts and 9, 500 running watts, This unit can handle heavy loads from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools.
  • Maximum power: with DuroMax MX2 technology, get the maximum power from each of the 120 volt receptacle. Choose between operating the generator at both 120 V and 240 V Simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.
  • Powering everyone anywhere: like all DuroMax generators, the XP12000EH is EPA and CARB approved For use in all 50 States.

Customer Review : Duro Max Dual Fuel Generator

Mark in Florida : “We used this Generator in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and this has been an excellent investment.

The generator ran for five full days it did not give us any trouble. First off it ran on propane from a 100 lb tank.  Other than some condensation at the bottom of the propane tank  it handled the load without a hiccup.

I rant a 4 ton A/C , a well and two refrigerators.  I did not run the on-demand electric water heaters as they are too high a load for Generators.  The lights do dim when the  4 ton A/C unit starts, but that is to be expected.

We also used our double oven and stove top but not together with the AC. 

Once we ran out of propane, we switched to gasoline and it ran without a refill for 12 hours overnight.

The wheels are made of solid plastic and they are not good, I replaced them with tires.  It does not have a load indicator but the generator starts quickly and easily using the electric start.

Make sure you change the oil every 20 hours or monthly as a engine with dirty oil will cause overheating and eventually break down the unit. Very Happy Overall.”

Tri Fuel Generator : Set Up Video

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Top Selling Tri Fuel Generators

Bestseller No. 1
Ford 5,250W Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Switch & Go Technology and Remote Start, FG5250PBR
Ford 5,250W Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Switch & Go Technology and Remote Start, FG5250PBR
  • 5,250W Peak/ 4,250W Rated (Gasoline) & 4,750W Peak/3,800W Rated (LPG)
  • The powerful 224cc, Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, OHV, Air Cooled Engine is protected by a Heavy-Duty Powder Coated Steel Frame
  • A 4 Gallon Fuel Tank gives you up to 11 Hours of Continuous Operation at half load when running on gasoline
  • Dual Fuel Capability lets you choose between Gasoline or LPG fuel sources for running your generator
  • Switch & Go Technology allows for seamless transitioning between LPG and Gasoline fuel sources while still in operation
Bestseller No. 2
DuroStar DS13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator-13000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Electric Start-Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved, Red/Black
DuroStar DS13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator-13000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Electric Start-Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved, Red/Black
  • plenty of power – with 13,000 starting watts and 10,500 running watts, this unit can handle heavy loads, from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools
  • dual fuel technology – this generator runs on gasoline or propane, giving you the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice
  • powerful engine – the durostar 500cc ohv engine is a workhorse that provides plenty of power to handle multiple jobs, from powering high voltage appliances to heavy duty power tools
  • idle control – lowers the rpms of the generator when not in use, saving fuel and reducing noise. ideal on job sites where power is used intermittently
  • fully featured power panel – the power panel includes a wide selection of outlets for maximum compatibility in your applications including: 2 120v household gfci outlets, (1) 120v 30a twist lock outlet, (1) 240v 30a outlet, and (1) 240v 50a outlet, and a 12v automotive outlet. the panel also includes a digital voltmeter
Bestseller No. 3
DuroMax XP2200EH Dual Fuel Portable Inverter Generator-2200 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Tailgate, Camping & RV Ready, 50 State Approved, Blue
DuroMax XP2200EH Dual Fuel Portable Inverter Generator-2200 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Tailgate, Camping & RV Ready, 50 State Approved, Blue
  • POWERFUL DUROMAX ENGINE: The XP2200EH is powered by a DuroMax 79cc 4-Cycle Air-Cooled Spark Ignition
  • DUAL FUEL TECHNOLOGY: The ability to run on Propane or Gasoline allows the Freedom and Flexibility of Fuel Choice
  • PLENTY OF POWER: With 2,200 starting watts and 1, 800 running watts, This unit provides plenty of power to handle multiple jobs and help with fun at your campsite
  • MAXIMUM POWER: With DuroMax MX2 technology, get the maximum power from each of the 120 volt receptacle
  • POWERING EVERYONE ANYWHERE: Like all DuroMax generators, the XP2200EH is EPA and CARB approved for use in all 50 states
Bestseller No. 4
Champion Power Equipment 100416 10,000/8,000-Watt TRI Fuel Portable Natural Gas Generator, NG/LPG Hose Kits and CO Shield
Champion Power Equipment 100416 10,000/8,000-Watt TRI Fuel Portable Natural Gas Generator, NG/LPG Hose Kits and CO Shield
  • Your 8000-watt portable generator operates on natural gas, propane, or gasoline, plus natural gas and propane hoses are included so the unit is ready to run on any fuel right out of the box
  • Power up the 459cc Champion engine with the handy rocker switch, battery included
  • Track voltage, frequency, session run time, and total run time to monitor output and track maintenance intervals, features CO Shield carbon monoxide auto shutoff system
  • Gasoline: 10,000 starting watts and 8000 running watts, propane: 9000 starting watts and 7200 running watts, natural gas: 8750 starting watts and 7000 running watts and engine oil is included
  • Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
Bestseller No. 5
Champion 8000-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start
Champion 8000-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start
  • Dual Fuel – Operate your 8000-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 1.2-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • Electric start – Power up the 459cc Champion engine with the handy toggle switch, battery included
  • Intelligauge – Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals
  • Powerful – At 10,000 starting watts and 8000 running watts on gasoline and 9025 starting watts and 7250 running watts on propane, trust Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent overloads
  • Champion Support – Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
Bestseller No. 6
Ford 11,050W Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Switch & Go Technology and Electric Start, FG11050PBE
Ford 11,050W Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Switch & Go Technology and Electric Start, FG11050PBE
16 Reviews
  • 11, 050W Peak/ 9, 000W Rated (Gasoline) & 10, 050W Peak/8, 100W Rated (LPG)
  • The powerful 457cc, Single Cylinder, 4-Stroke, OHV, Air Cooled Engine is protected by a Heavy-Duty Powder Coated Steel Frame
  • A Large 6. 6 Gallon High Capacity Fuel Tank gives you up to 10 Hours of Continuous Operation at half load when running on gasoline
  • Dual Fuel Capability lets you choose between Gasoline or LPG fuel sources for running your generator
  • Switch & Go Technology allows for seamless transitioning between LPG and Gasoline fuel sources while still in operation
Bestseller No. 7
WEN DF1100T 11,000-Watt 120V/240V Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Wheel Kit and Electric Start - CARB Compliant, Black
WEN DF1100T 11,000-Watt 120V/240V Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Wheel Kit and Electric Start - CARB Compliant, Black
11 Reviews
  • Switch between gasoline (11,000 surge watts, 8,300 running watt) and propane (9,500 surge, 7,500 running) with the simple turn of the selection dial
  • Voltage easily goes from 120V to 240V, perfect for transfer switches and emergency backup
  • Electric start powers the 457cc 4-stroke OHV engine with the turn of a key
  • 6.6-gallon tank provides up to 8.5 hours of half load run time
  • Includes four 120V GFCI outlets (5-20R), a 120V 30A twist lock outlet (L5-30R), a 120V/240V 50A outlet (NEMA 14-50R), a 12V DC cigarette-lighter-style plug, a bottle of oil, a 47-inch LPG connection hose, and a two-year warranty
SaleBestseller No. 8
Champion Power Equipment 100891 9375/7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator, Electric Start
Champion Power Equipment 100891 9375/7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator, Electric Start
  • DUAL FUEL: Operate your 7500-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus the unit holds 1.2-quarts of oil (included) and has a low oil shut-off sensor
  • ELECTRIC START: Power up the 439cc Champion engine with the handy rocker switch, battery included
  • INTELLIGAUGE: Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals
  • POWERFUL: At 9375 starting watts and 7500 running watts on gasoline and 8400 starting watts and 6750 running watts on propane, trust Volt Guard built-in surge protector to prevent overloads
  • CHAMPION SUPPORT: Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
Bestseller No. 9
DuroMax XP12000EH Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator, Black and Blue
DuroMax XP12000EH Generator-12000 Watt Gas or Propane Powered Home Back Up & RV Ready, 50 State Approved Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator, Black and Blue
395 Reviews
  • Powerful DuroMax Engine: the XP12000EH is powered by a DuroMax, 457cc OHV engine.
  • Dual fuel technology: the ability to run on propane or gasoline allows the freedom and flexibility of fuel choice.
  • Plenty of power: with 12,000 starting watts and 9, 500 running watts, This unit can handle heavy loads from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools.
  • Maximum power: with DuroMax MX2 technology, get the maximum power from each of the 120 volt receptacle. Choose between operating the generator at both 120 V and 240 V Simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.
  • Powering everyone anywhere: like all DuroMax generators, the XP12000EH is EPA and CARB approved For use in all 50 States.
Bestseller No. 10
Champion Power Equipment 200961 2500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Inverter Generator, Ultralight
Champion Power Equipment 200961 2500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Inverter Generator, Ultralight
  • DUAL FUEL: Operate your 2500-watt portable generator right out of the box on either gasoline or propane, plus at only 39 pounds, this inverter is one of the lightest 2500-watt inverters in the industry
  • QUIET OPERATION: With an ultra-quiet 53 dBA from 23 feet, enjoy 2500 starting watts, 1850 running watts and up to 11.5 hours run time on gasoline, and 1665 running watts and up to 34 hours on propane
  • PARALLEL READY: The optional, sold-separately clip-on parallel kit enables this inverter to connect with another 2500-watt Champion inverter to double your output power
  • CLEAN POWER: Includes two covered 120V 20A household outlets with clean electricity (less than 3% THD), a 12V automotive-style outlet, plus a handy dual port USB adapter
  • CHAMPION SUPPORT: Includes 3-year limited warranty with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts

FAQs

What advantages does a Tri Fuel Generator have over natural gas-based whole house generators?

Whole House Natural Gas Generators are fixed installs and require expensive on site maintenanc and repairs. They are vastly more expensive.

Tri Fuel Generators can be run when you need them and on the cheapest and more importantly most easily available fuel during a crises situation.  Another major advantage is the ability to swap it out for repairs in the unlikely situation of a breakdown.

What about maintenance for the Tri Fuel Generator ?

Since a Tri Fuel Generator also runs on Gas, it requires the regular  maintenance that you would recommend for Gas Generators.  You  would need to change the Oil and  Oil Filter after the first 50 hrs of use.  

Thereafter, it is good practice to change them every 200 hrs . The other item that requires maintenance are the Spark Plug and Air Filter; they should be cleaned  periodically too.

Can you add more power, will the Tri Fuel Generator oblige?

Most Tri Fuel Generators allow for additional synchronized AC coupled Generators to be daisy chained on to add to the power output.  But check before you couple with other generators.

What about wiring the Tri Fuel Generator ?
You have the option of getting a transfer switch installed with a sub panel for your critical loads. That is an electricians job, but a good investment.  Other wise you are stuck with Long Power Cords and Power Strips. 

Can I heat my home with the Tri Fuel Generator?
Most Popular Tri Fuel Generators should be able to run the smaller sized gas furnaces and heat pumps. It does help to do a little bit of load planning, but you should have your heat and hot water during an outage with your new Tri Fuel Generator. 

Is the power clean to run my computers and other sensitive devices?
Check your Tri Fuel Generator Specifications. If it says that the AC output is pure sine wave, you can use the AC output on every thing.  If not I would go easy on sensitive electronics, unless you are ok with buzzing from your music equipment.  Laptops are quite hardy and should work with non sine wave AC power as well.

What happens if the Tri Fuel Generator breaks down?
Cart away the unit after unplugging it to the nearest repair shop. They are fairly simple and can be easily repaired.  Having a  spare portable generator might also be a good idea.

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