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

$549.00

$797.00

$500.65

$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

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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 18HP, 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.”

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Top Selling Tri Fuel Generators

Bestseller No. 1
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts, Gas Powered, CARB Compliant, Transfer Switch Ready
Westinghouse WGen7500 Portable Generator with Remote Electric Start 7500 Rated Watts & 9500 Peak Watts, Gas Powered, CARB Compliant, Transfer Switch Ready
725 Reviews
  • 7500 Running Watts and 9500 Peak Watts; Remote Start With Included Key Fob, Electric and Recoil Start; Up to 11 Hours of Run Time on a 6.6 Gallon Fuel Tank With Fuel Gauge
  • Features Two GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) 5-20R 120V Household Duplex Receptacle and One L14-30R 120/240V Twist-Lock Receptacle; All Outlets Have Rubber Covers for Added Safety
  • Plug-and-Play: Comes with a Remote Start Key Fob, 12V Battery Charger, Oil, an Oil Funnel, a Tool Kit, and a User's Manual to Get You Started Right Out of the Box (Minimal Assembly Required)
  • Powered by a 420cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine Featuring a Long-Lasting Cast Iron Sleeve with Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and Digital Hour Meter. Noise Level-72 dBA
  • All Westinghouse Portable Generators are Functionally Tested in the Factory and May Contain Minimum Residual Oil and/or Fuel Odor; EPA and CARB Compliant; Backed by 3-Year Limited Service, Labor, and Parts Coverage with Nationwide Customer Service Network
Bestseller No. 2
Pulsar G12KBN Heavy Duty Portable Dual Fuel Generator - 9500 Rated Watts & 12000 Peak Watts - Gas & LPG - Electric Start - Transfer Switch & RV Ready - CARB Compliant
Pulsar G12KBN Heavy Duty Portable Dual Fuel Generator - 9500 Rated Watts & 12000 Peak Watts - Gas & LPG - Electric Start - Transfer Switch & RV Ready - CARB Compliant
33 Reviews
  • 12, 000 peak watts/ 9, 500 Rated watts (gasoline) & 10, 800 peak watts/ 8, 550 Rated watts (LPG)
  • Dual fuel capability allows you to choose between gasoline & LPG fuel sources; great for emergency situations or natural disaster as LPG may be more readily available and easy to store
  • The 457cc, single cylinder, 4-stroke, air cooled, OHV engine with electric start is protected by a durable powder coated frame
  • A 8 gallon fuel tank gives you up to 12 hours of continuous operation at half load when running on gasoline
  • (4) 120V 20A AC outlets, (1) 120V/240V 30A twist-lock outlet, (1) 120V/240V 50A outlet, (1) 12V DC output provide ample space for powering appliances, tools, and other devices
SaleBestseller No. 3
Champion Power Equipment 100165 9375/7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start
Champion Power Equipment 100165 9375/7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start
196 Reviews
  • 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 toggle switch, battery included
  • Intelligauge – Keep track of voltage, hertz and run-time hours to easily monitor power output and track maintenance intervals.1.5 Inch dia. tubular steel frame for protection and durability
  • 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. 4
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 18HP, 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.
SaleBestseller No. 5
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
SaleBestseller No. 6
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
Bestseller No. 7
Generac GP3500iO Open Frame RV Ready Inverter Generator - 3500 Starting Watts with PowerRush Technology
Generac GP3500iO Open Frame RV Ready Inverter Generator - 3500 Starting Watts with PowerRush Technology
  • PowerRUSH Technology - Delivers over 50% more starting capacity-allowing you to do more with less
  • Up to 50% quieter - ideal for noise sensitive environments/ up to 25% lighter - for improved portability
  • True power technology - clean power for sensitive electronics
  • RV ready - connect directly to RV to power most RV air conditioners up to 15, 000 BTU
  • USB outlets and parallel ready - connect 2 units together for double the power
SaleBestseller No. 8
DuroMax XP5500EH Fuel Portable Generator, Blue/Black
DuroMax XP5500EH Fuel Portable Generator, Blue/Black
98 Reviews
  • Your purchase includes One DuroMax XP5500EH 5000 watt Dual Fuel Hybrid generator with Electric Start, One oil funnel, One spark plug wrench, tools set, wheels and handle kit, DC charging cables and owner’s manual
  • Portable Generator dimensions: 24” L x 17" W x 17" H. Product weight: 127 lbs
  • Specifications: Noise level – 69 dB. Fuel tank capacity (GASOLINE) – 3.96 gallons. Suggested tank size (PROPANE) – 20 gallons
  • The ability to run on Propane or Gasoline allows the Freedom and Flexibility of Fuel Choice.Horsepower (hp):7.5
  • With 5,500 starting watts and 4,500 running watts, this unit can handle heavy loads from lights and a refrigerator to a home air conditioner and high amperage power tools. Operate at both 120 V and 240 V simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power
Bestseller No. 9
Champion Power Equipment 100574 4000-Watt RV Ready Digital Hybrid Inverter Generator with Dual Fuel Technology
Champion Power Equipment 100574 4000-Watt RV Ready Digital Hybrid Inverter Generator with Dual Fuel Technology
  • Advanced Digital Hybrid Design: 50% quieter and 20% lighter than a traditional Champion 3500-watt generator, plus our Economy Mode feature saves fuel and extends engine life
  • Duel Fuel: This RV Ready inverter operates on gasoline or propane and has a 120V 30A RV, plus two 120V 20A household outlets and 12V DC outlet with dual USB adapter
  • Quiet Technology and Extended Run Time: 64 dBA is great for RVs, tailgating, your next project or home backup, with 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts for up to 14. 5 hours run time on gasoline
  • Parallel Ready: If you purchase the optional ParaLINK Parallel Kit, you can increase your power output by connecting up to two 2800-watt or higher inverters or digital hybrids
  • Champion Support: Includes 3-year limited with FREE lifetime technical support from dedicated experts
Bestseller No. 10
Westinghouse WGen9500DF Dual Fuel Portable Generator-9500 Rated 12500 Peak Watts Gas or Propane Powered-Electric Start-Transfer Switch & RV Ready, CARB Compliant
Westinghouse WGen9500DF Dual Fuel Portable Generator-9500 Rated 12500 Peak Watts Gas or Propane Powered-Electric Start-Transfer Switch & RV Ready, CARB Compliant
641 Reviews
  • 9500 Running Watts and 12500 Peak Watts (Gasoline); 8500 Running Watts, 11200 Peak Watts (Propane); Remote Start With Included Key Fob, Electric and Recoil Start; Up to 12 Hours of Run Time on a 6. 6 Gallon Fuel Tank With Fuel Gauge
  • Features Two GFCI 120V 5–20R Standard Household Receptacle, One Transfer Switch Ready 120V L14-30R, and One RV Ready 120/240V 14–50R; All Outlets Have Rubber Covers for Added Safety
  • Powered by a Heavy Duty 457cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine Featuring a Long-Lasting Cast Iron Sleeve With Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and Digital Hour Meter
  • Plug-and-Play: Comes With a Remote Start Key Fob, 12V Battery Charger, Oil, an Oil Funnel, a Tool Kit, and a User’s Manual to Get You Started Right Out of the Box (Minimal Assembly Required)
  • All Westinghouse Portable Generators are Functionally Tested in the Factory and May Contain Minimum Residual Oil and/or Fuel Odor; EPA and CARB Compliant; Backed by 3-Year Limited Service, Labor, and Parts Coverage with Nationwide Customer Service and Support Network at 1-855-944-3571 or service@wpowereq

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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