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Old 10-09-2019, 02:08 PM   #1
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Generator in Shed Near gas


I have a 10x8 metal shed that is 40ft from the house. In one corner of the shed I built a metal exhaust that attached to my generator exhaust. Next to the generator is a 24x24 grated intake I installed. Above the generator at the top, I have 2 12x12 exhaust fans that are powered by the generator. I have tested this under load for an hour on a nice hot sunny day and the inside temperature of the shed never rose more than 3-5 degrees above the outside temp. So right around 95 degrees.

My only concern is that the only place for me to store gas is in this shed as well, on the opposite side of the generator. I store anywhere from 20-40 gallons in 5 gallon approved cans.

Since the shed isn't next to the house, there is 2000 CFM of air of ventilation, and temp doesn't go above 95, is there a huge risk in running the generator in the same shed as the fuel? I know common sense would say don't do it as the vapors the cans release are flammable but if these are removed before the generator is started, I don't see how they could build up with 2000 CFM of airflow.
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I store anywhere from 20-40 gallons in 5 gallon approved cans.
Many fire codes limit you to 25 gallons in a residential area. You can check your local refs with your code enforcement people or the Fire Marshall.
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Many fire codes limit you to 25 gallons in a residential area. You can check your local refs with your code enforcement people or the Fire Marshall.
Assuming I only store 25, my question is still the same. Am I being very risky by running the generator near these gas cans.

What are the real risks? I would appreciated detailed answers rather than "Do that if you want to DIE "
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You have nothing to worry about !
Chances are so small you need a microscope
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The generator is not a source of ignition, no open flame or spark. I would not be concerned.
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You have nothing to worry about !
Chances are so small you need a microscope
Sarcastic? Lol
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Why not ask your local Fire Chief ?
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