Why would you have to pay for a larger gas meter? Every utility I've ever had gladly installed a larger meter at no cost - after all, they're going to sell more gas! I always supplied the primary regulator, but they would upgrade or install a meter based on what I told them my consumption would be.Yeah, low gas pressure might well be part of it, if a cold block makes that issue worse. I do need to get that gas meter upgraded but they want something like $1,400 so I’ve been putting it off.
I have most of the parts (just need to fab an enclosure) for a 10kw load bank. I should build that and see if the problem occurs under load just like when it’s cold. Right now, I rarely have more over maybe 20% load on the unit.
Interesting. I've never experienced that from a residential utility.They say generators don’t use enough gas for them to cover their meter costs, so they charge for service upgrades for generators. My guess is if this was a brand new gas hookup, it wouldn’t matter, but mine is a capacity upgrade just for the generator.
They have no problem for 11” WC elevated pressure though. Regular gas appliances are ok with 11” because they have to be able to handle propane pressures too, just in case. I found that out from one of my mechanical contractors at work and confirmed it with one of the gas company engineering guys. If you want 2PSI or higher, then they want a licensed mechanical contractor to sign off before they do the upgrade.
The heat treating place I’ve been contracted to a few times over the past month or two runs 15PSI gas. Lots of Big furnaces. It’s a neat place. If you drive a GM vehicle, or a Ford pickup, they were the ones that heat treated your brake rotors.
The various divisions are totally separate in the corporate structure, there’s no mechanism for internal transactions outside of each division. Power Systems is a completely separate company as is Plumbing and Hospitality. That being said, you can be sure all of the plumbing products in our buildings were Kohler...Those must be some big kilns. That would be interesting to see. Kohler keeps wanting to fly me out to their factory for a tour (and sales pitch stuff I’m sure , maybe I can see more than just the Kohler power stuff... then again maybe not, I jokingly asked if they could throw in a free toilet or faucet or something. With a high 6 figure generator order and they told me that the power division is totally prohibited from ordering anything from the plumbing division.
Doesn't matter where the throttle body is bolted... when air flows through a venturi, the pressure drop at the divergent zone is low enough to form ice, and narrow the venturi enough to change the demand regulator's draw pressure....Throttle body on this engine is a pretty heavy casting basically bolted right to the block. It stays at or very near the temperature of the outside of the block, so I’m not worried about icing.
...Gas pressure is low but stable as measured with my manometer. It’s also possible that the real “problem” is a combination of thick oil when cold AND low gas pressure. I do know the gas pressure is about the same and just as stable in cold or warm weather since that I have checked.