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Next to big brother a 10KVA.
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Neat!

For running propane, is your thermal choke wired open and your electric choke disconnected?

Also, always be sure to run the set long enough to evaporate all of the condensate out of the vertical exhaust stack, so it doesn't drip back down into your engine.

I would bet that the continuous short circuit current of one of these generators is less than full load current since they are self excited.

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The Jay's MoTop Lubricator filled with MMO and set for 10 drops per minute as a guess. I do have a Waukesha manual that specifies 10 drops/minute per cylinder when a top end lubricator is used, sounds like too much to me for this little plant. You can see where it is plumbed into the carb. The 1A21's have this port pluged with an 1/8npt slotted plug.
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Yes, chokes are disconnected. I will eventually put in a Tee below the union with a drop pipe and petcock drain. I learned that lesson the hard way.
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I love the nice clean setup! And all the organized C clamps in order on that shelf

How do you handle venting the hot air from those radiators without ducting?

I’ll put my standard “you should drywall those walls and the ceiling with a layer of 5/8” type X drywall for fire protection”.

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I like the oiler. No doubt has it's roots in steam cylinder lubrication. As long as the oil doesn't foul the plugs or otherwise gum up the works, I can't see any harm in it.

About those radiators. I'd have the primary cooling doing space heating and domestic water heating. With the radiators as backup.
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Thanx for the compliments.

It is standard practice to use MMO in the fuel for most of us running the little Continental A-65 engines in our planes. In several hundred hours, I have yet to have a stuck valve or fouled plug. It was developed by the military for aircraft top ends in WW2. Interesting read if you google it and it should put may of the myths to bed. I cant imagine that it would have any negative affect on an LP engine. Time will tell.

Ill take every BTU that I can get in the shop. It is amazing how much heat even the little 1A21 puts out. I may eventually have to put in an adjustable shutter for the 10A62. The units that were housed had pusher fans vs the pull fans of the unhoused sets.
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