Why You Can’t Depend Upon Natural Gas To Heat Or Cook With

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Today’s post actually started out to be a comparison of generators: Gasoline vs. Diesel vs. Propane.  They all have their merits, and if you go online to make comparisons, you’ll discover that people can become passionate over which type of generator is best.  

I intended to kick off this post by discussing tri-fuel generator conversion kits (that will allow generators to run on propane, natural gas and gasoline), which thwarts Murphy’s Law by not having to depend upon a single fuel source to run a generator. 

That’s where I ran into a snag of nearly Biblical proportions.  One of the first discussions I stumbled upon went something like this; “Because I have natural gas coming into my home, I’m going with a tri-fuel convertor that will run off the natural gas that feeds into my home–it’s dependable, folks!”

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!  

Years ago, I dispatched for a natural gas company in Anchorage, Alaska that supplied natural gas to customers, which covered a large portion of the state.  These years of experience had me switching gears quick with regards to the direction of this week’s post!   While reading about tri-fuel convertors for generators, I didn’t see anything that mentioned safety issues, nor did I see any discussion about what could stop the delivery of natural gas to homes–and there are several.  

This subject is important enough that we’re diving into it today, and we’ll pick back up a comparison on generators next week.  You’ll need to bear with me, though.  This post will include how natural gas is distributed, and progress to the natural gas that feeds into your home.  It will cover safety issues and availability–all extremely important for anyone depending upon it’s delivery or for those who are unaware of natural gas’ volatility. 

As a dispatcher for this gas company, the number one priority, other than taking an hourly reading of the pressure levels that fed natural gas to our customers, was dispatching servicemen to gas-main hits.  At that time, homeowners and construction companies were given Free locates to avoid hitting gas mains.  But because there were no financial repercussions for homeowners or construction companies hitting a gas main back then, few ever bothered getting a locate! 

Needless to say, we were kept very busy during the Alaskan construction season (late spring to late summer–Alaskan construction has a notoriously short shelf-life). 

There were rare occasions when all available servicemen were risking their lives to repair blowing gas lines (I recall one nightmare day when we had 19 main hits!)–cave-in’s were known to happen and explosions were always on the mind of any prudent serviceman.  Line hits always flooded dispatch’s phone lines with calls from concerned homeowners.  Most were calling to  report a suspected gas leak, presumably coming from a faulty appliance fitting or a split in the line-feed at the meter or into the home. 

It was left up to the dispatcher whether or not the odorant (that obnoxious, egg-smell added to natural gas in order to detect a gas leak) the caller was smelling was an actual natural gas leak coming from a faulty appliances hook-up or line-feed into their home, or if they were picking up the odor of a line-break that was blowing from miles or blocks away (depending upon the severity of the break and the size of the gas main break). 

This was a tricky determination for a dispatcher to make.  Just because there may have been a main break in the vicinity of a caller didn’t necessarily mean that the caller didn’t also have a leak at an appliance or the gas line coming into their home.

One fateful day, the danger of a gas leak was brought front and center.  I was off-duty that particular day.  My fellow dispatchers had sent a serviceman to a home after the owner complained of the strong smell of gas.  Readings at the foundation were alarming–enough so that the occupants were evacuated and several more servicemen were dispatched to the site. 

While several servicemen were digging at the foundation of the home to find the source of the leak on the north side of the home, the south side blew.  By blew, I mean BLEW–it could have killed the occupants had they not been evacuated from the home.  Had the explosion occurred on the north side, where the service men were digging, their lives could have been lost.  As it was, the home was destroyed and it made headline news.

(David’s note:  It’s really hard to do an apples to apples comparison, but just so you have an idea of the power involved, 1 gallon of gasoline, mixed at a 1:14.7 fuel:air ratio is (VERY ROUGHLY) equivalent to 13 sticks of dynamite.    CNG has a lower energy density than gasoline, but the explosive output is similar enough to power cars and/or cause damage.)

I didn’t share this story to frighten you.  I have shared it to highlight the importance of knowing where your natural gas main is located, how much respect it deserves, and how to shut it off in an emergency. 

We’ll start there and move on to why depending upon the delivery of natural gas in a disaster is not the best practice.

Learn Where Your Natural Gas Meter Is And Know How To Turn It Off

Natural gas meters (if you’ve got one) are typically mounted outdoors against the side of homes, either the back, front or side–but there is no way to be certain until you do an investigation of your own.  In some cases, they can be found behind a panel or a breezeway.  For multiple meters (for instance an apartment building or a business), the shut-off location may be indoors or out.  Shutting off natural gas is done at the shutoff valve, which is typically located near the gas meter, and requires the use of  a 12 to 15 inch adjustable pipe or crescent-type wrench. 

Notice the words typicallysome,  and may used above?  This is because there are no uniform rules and regulations over changing out old meters or on where they must be located.  Some natural gas providers have their own rules and regulations.  What it all means is that a meter can be located anywhere and it’s possible the shut off may require one of several possible tools.  It’s important to know where your meter is and how to turn it off.  If in doubt, make a call to your natural gas provider.  They will be able to help you locate the meter and they can show you how to get the meter turned off.   In the meantime, check out PG&E’s instructions, titled Turning Your Gas Off, which offers photographs of different styles of natural gas meters,  explains where they are typically located, and offers diagrams on how to turn natural gas to the off position. 

Disaster’s Can Split or Displace Natural Gas Lines!

Just as an earthquake or a mudslide can shake the earth and the foundations of homes, they are also capable of damaging natural gas lines and displacing the gas line feeding into your home or interior lines running to gas-run appliances. 

Never do a home inspection by lighting a match, or candle, or by using a lighter to make an inspection of a dark interior where you smell gas.  Always keep a flashlight near your bedside for safe inspections.  

If you smell gas or hear it hissing from a displaced gas line, turn off the electrical breaker to your home.  A spark from something as simple as switching on a light switch, or a ringing land-line phone when concentrations of natural gas have reached dangerous levels can potentially cause an explosion.  Next, turn off the gas that feeds into your home.

Never place a call for help from a location where you can smell gas!  Get away from the location, away from the smell of odorant,, before placing a call to avoid a spark igniting built-up gas.

If leaking gas has ignited, vacate the building, pronto!  Do not try to put it out and do not delay vacating the premises.  On your way out, allow any open doors or windows to remain open–it will help to dissipate the built-up gas.

Gas Companies Care About Lives, Not Your Generator

Another important thing to remember about natural gas is that some or all zones in an area may be shut down pre-emptively in the event of an earthquake, tornado, or hurricane…sometimes automatically.  

Gas companies want to keep their customers and employees from getting blown up more than they want to ensure that you have seamless access to fuel for your appliances and/or generator.

Because of this, they may have automatic shutoff valves that are triggered by seismic events, protocol in place to shut gas off to flood prone areas, or do a blanket shutdown of an area when linemen are overwhelmed with line breaks.

In all of these cases, if you’re depending on natural gas for your power, you’re going to be in trouble.

How Natural Gas Can Be Disrupted During An Electrical Outage

After spending hour upon hour on the phone with customers who wanted to know why their gas appliance didn’t work during an electrical outage, I can tell you that your ability to use a gas range or a furnace or hot water heater during an electrical outage is tied directly to the appliance.  A gas range with an electronic ignition on surface burners may be able to be overridden with a match–but you must know what you’re doing before attempting to do this!  Some furnaces will not operate in an electrical outage because the entire heating system may require electricity to run it. 

Before depending upon natural gas being able to run a hot water heater, or range, a fireplace, or furnace during a power outage, it requires contacting the maker to see if it can be safely overridden in an electrical outage.  If you haven’t yet bought a gas-run appliance, then look for models that aren’t dependent upon electricity to run them.  But always remember that if the natural gas feed to your home is damaged, these appliances will not work. 

Why You Shouldn’t Depend on Natural Gas In A Long-Term Grid-Down Scenario

Unlike a short-term electrical outage, in a long-term, grid-down scenario, it’s possible that natural gas will no longer arrive to your home for one of several reasons.  To start off, compressor stations used across the nation to deliver natural gas are unmanned, run from off-site SCADA systems (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). For some time, SCADA systems have been under the gun for their inherent weak points–namely being vulnerable to outside attacks.

Note: For more information on the vulnerability of SCADA systems, read eWeek June 20, 2011 article, written  by Fahmida Y. Rashid;  SCADA Vulnerabilities Patched in Industrial Control Software From China

Natural gas is piped long distances at pressure to reach its destination.  Some compressor stations use natural gas to fuel them, and others depend upon electricity.  For distribution that depends upon electricity for compressor stations to deliver natural gas, there’s bad news; no electricity means no pressure.  No pressure means no natural gas distribution.

To find out more about natural gas distribution, read Natural Gas Compressor Stations on the Interstate Pipeline Network: Developments Since 1996, James Tobin.  

Next week, we’ll get to generators, including Diesel, Gasoline, Propane, multi-fuel, and their pluses and minuses.  

Are you depending upon natural gas to heat your home or to cook?  Or have you discovered  gas appliance’s  vulnerability to the gird and have set up back-ups?  Have any good tips on alternate heat or cooking devices?  Please sound off by commenting below!

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God bless and stay safe,

David Morris and Survival Diva

Comments

  1. awatkinson says:

    Great comments and observations. Several insights over 30yrs living on farm with no natural gas. Need power for well. Have had gas or diesel generators for 30yrs. 3 major power outages(
    (over 3 days each- one 13days-Hurricane Fran) Fuel storage is big deal. Currently use diesel with PRI-D no problems. Used high sulfur diesel in 2010, ten years after Y2K no problems. Keep tanks full with PRI-D. We store gasoline but use it yearly in cars and replace. The Coleman L camping device is great for power outages. Connect to 25lb tank and could go weeks. Use Coleman 2 burner cook stove, light on top. Cooking with propane is easy, safe, takes a lot of load off whatever generator. Have wood-stove in basement. Lot of work to keep it going if long outage in winter. Have propane tank and gas, logs. Can connect propane heater to gas outlet and heat house with outdoor tank for a long time with outdoor tank. You need foam on inside of metal generator shed. Metal shed like drum without foam. Strongly recommend manual transfer switch unless you are gone a lot. Cheaper, highly reliable, isolates generator from lightning etc. Safe, simple. If outage, anyone can follow sequence-start generator, warm up throw switch go on with life. When power back reverse. Also as one commentator has pointed out generators generally consume as much fuel as power used. Using them intermittently say 6hrs on, 6off will maintain freezers etc. If not running use no fuel. Diesel generators are most efficient if run with moderate load. Run do chores “charge up refrigeration”, run blower on wood-stove, the go to bed with LED rechargeable lantern, and in AM start all over again. During Fran that was sequence, except that every AM had to get up check oil, fuel generator that ran out during evening. Start generator, take shower with water from well and do it over in afternoon. Had TV, microwave, coffee-pot, lights in kitchen. Cooking all with propane camping kit. Now diesel generator with big tank.

  2. Where I live there are many old natural gas wells and many homes have free Natural gas piped in from “the old days”. Many of these homes retain the “Free Gas” when they are sold.
    A few of these free gas homes also have Artesian wells.. I have an Artesian well but do not have Gas… These areas of the country should be actively sought out by “Preppers”

    • Survival Diva says:

      Jade,
      I’d never heard of free gas from natural gas wells on property. This would be an amazing benefit. I really envy you that Artesian well : )

      • Anthony says:

        The reason that natural gas has an added odor is due to the 1937 explosion of the school in New London, TX. There was a lot of the free natural gas back then and I would expect the school was tapped in. If I had to guess, free gas was granted for permission to run pipeline on property 80 years ago.

  3. Recognizing that anything that requires supply from outside of our direct control can result in loss of delivery and/or price gouging. Despite 30 years living in 2 suburban homes with natural gas supply and no interruptions in service exceeding 4 hours (neighborhood leak repair caused by construction damage) that I can recall, I ignore my provider’s offers for discounted expensive back-up generators (and thanks for the hint of what the daily fuel cost might be).
    My multifaceted plan involves a variety to cover critical needs:
    6 to 12 months of firewood for heating and cooking along with hand tools for cutting
    Couple extra propane tanks and ability to connect small camping light, stove, heater
    Lighting by candle, LED, oil
    Gas and solar generators
    Still at a loss for viable long term refrigeration without powering my mini fridge
    Looking forward to your Tri-Fuel discussion. When investigating conversion kits for my 2200 Suzuki (old but lightly used), was discouraged that anytime you switch fuel sources you needed to re-tune the carburetor.

  4. Daniel Larsen says:

    Simpler is better. I lucked into an old house w/ non electrical ignition and propane main energy source. I beefed it up to one years storage and working on refrigeration concerns. I am slowly building up my supply of portable 5 gal. tanks as a backup.
    Very good topic and article, Thanks.

  5. If there is a major disruption in the infrastructure, it will not matter what fuel you use soon or later. Eventually the stores will run out of propane or the distribution lines that deliver it to the suppliers will be out. Petroleum pipelines and pump stations will be offline in some events. Refinerires have and will in the future be offline. If SHTF, then all bets are off. Fortunately most natural gas compressor stations have nat gas backup compressors and/or nat gas generators for electrical power. If you are in an earthquake area then nat gas delivery can be a big problen when a quake hits. They have to cut it off, peoples lives and the infrastructure would be at risk. Luckly in other areas storms except hurricanes do not disrupt delivery and after the flooding associated with a hurricane has past nat gas distribution is usually up soon. If your house has flooded it makes little difference if you have nat gas for your generator. I have worked with nat gas, propane, butane, acetylene and other flammables gases and have seen more accidents with propane that nat gas. Propane is heavier than air and settles in low spots. Propane makes a “woofing” sound when it lights becase it collects under the burner before it lights. It also collects in basements, crawl spaces, etc and then will ignite. The worst burn I ever received from a gas fuel was from a propane burner that did not light and then “blew” out a large flame from the heater when it did finally ignite. Caught me in the face as I was trying to check the burner. Under the right circumstances and given sufficient time to exhaust your reserves, no fuel, gas or liquid, can be totally depended on and all can be dangerous. I will install a nat gas generator when I can afford because its delivery is more dependable that propane or diesel where I live (central Georgia). Even after I install the generator I will still have lanterns, candles, a camp stove, a fire pit, etc. Two is one and one is none.

  6. Stevejo says:

    Natural gas generators are actually wonderful things.
    As a CONVENIENCE. I have one with an auto transfer switch that has saved hundreds of pounds of meat in the freezer while I was out if town.
    But it does, as the article states, rely on an infrastructure. Which won’t be there in a truly bad situation.

    Propane in tanks is awesome as well. Stays good forever.
    The downside is the huge (or many multiples of) tanks you would need for any extended period.

    My own selection for anything long term will be a lister diesel that will run on just about anything. Treated diesel is good to ten years. Kero is supposed to remain stable for 30.

  7. bobzell says:

    All very good points. During Katrina I used a natural gas 10KW generator 24/7 for 12 days. Many parts of town were without natural gas service. I was lucky! Now I have a larger 15KW tri fuel and a diesel (10KW). Natural gas is still my first choice for many reasons. The main one being able to get a supply of fuel through a pipe without using up my time to hunt fuel is a powerful inducement. The diesel set is on top of a 200 gal tank and that requires fuel biocide and a fuel polisher. Then a triple filtration system before the fuel is delivered to the day tank. All the gen sets you use need to be backed up by parts and extra lube oil. You also need complete repair manuals (not just the operators manual) and tools. You will have be your own service team. Plan alternate light and heat sources now. While two generators, fuel, parts, oil, tools and manuals use up a lot of money and space on a 1/4 acre lot, the alternatives would not. Kerosene used with common sense is safe to use and store. You can get stoves, ovens, wick type lamps all for reasonable prices. For a bit more money you can get kerosene mantel lamps that are very bright and produce a lot of heat. The same can be said for gasoline (coleman) stoves and lamps. So have some of each if you can. The more options you have the better things will go during the “recovery phase” of whatever happens. Just as a side thought you might want to estimate the cost of running a natural gas power source. During Katrina in 2005 my 10KW cost about $32.00/day in natural gas. The oil and filter had to be changed every 100 hours.
    Expect the best, prepare for the worst and soldier on.

    • Survival Diva says:

      bodzell,
      It’s good you mentioned filters and oil–lots of it! Based on a 30 day monthly average, it would cost $960 a month plus oil and filters, which for some would be difficult to afford, but for the short term, worth it.

      • bobzell says:

        And don’t forget you need a place to store the used oil. Long term my plan is to run the set only when needed. A hour or two in the morning and again in the evening. That will allow enough time for clothes washing, battery charging and so on. Three or four “power on hours” can really increase your daily productivity if they are well planed hours.

        • Survival Diva says:

          bobzel,

          That’s what was on my mind. Won’t need to run a generator for very long with a wood heat and cook stove and don’t plan to refrigerate–already have that covered w/out electricity. And with so many people who will be here, we’ll be doing laundry in a tub, a hand agitator and a wringer before hanging dry. As strange as this may sound, what interests me the most is a once-a-week movie night for the normalcy it would represent. Thanks for the tip. I’ve been putting aside containers : )

  8. Joseph-Lee Morehouse says:

    Good Article – do you think generators running on bio fuels is worth it or solar generators
    Thank you.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Joseph,

      I’m going “shopping” on the net to price out diesel, gasoline, propane, solar and tri-fuel and will list the various prices. The thing with solar is getting enough sunlight. You should be able to look that up on a solar panel dealer site–many have them–to see if it would be worthwhile. Will also be discussing “innovative” fuel sources for generators, of which there are a few.

  9. My generator is hooked up to a propane tank and not to a direct to the door gas line. I still prefer propane gas for my generator. The only problem I might have is the truck that delivers to my tank may not get through to refill it. However, it is a big enough one to handle two to three weeks of steady usage.

    • If you follow a schedule of power on/off hours you could extend greatly the time your tank would be good for. Also using an alternate heating source like wood would help greatly.

  10. Good topic and replies, it sounds like Propane is a more dependable option except for an EMP and for me that would be a lot of help in giving info to protecting the generator, A thought i have if the generator is functioning after an EMP what would work in the home or not. Dose an EMP only take out the electronics or other equipment? I have worked on some gas equipment and it is fairly safe with all the safety’s on the equipment but the gas line fittings are another thing all together and soap bubbles at each connection are the only way to safely test for a leak. I’m looking forward to the next report.
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY Force Recon Marine, Chris Graham
    ICEPIK

    • Survival Diva says:

      ICEPIK,
      We’ll definitely go over how to protect a generator against EMP next week.

    • They are not cheap but you can buy a combustible gas detector. Its a handheld electronic leak detector much like the ones used for refrigerant leak detection. I used to be an HVAC contractor and therefore have these tools. Run the probe along the top of the pipe/tubing for nat gas and the bottom of the pipe for propane. I usually buy from TEquipment.net.

  11. Doug Geddes says:

    I think the problems with natural gas usage are somewhat exaggerated for most people. Where I live in Ontario (size of Texas and Montana combined with a population of about 14 million) in Canada, where we have never had a significant natural gas shutdown and we have been using the fuel for a much longer time (since 1911). All of our gas pumping stations are gas powered like most of the industrial world. The likelihood of a loss of electrical power is hundreds if not thousands of times greater. Without electricity you have neither propane delivery nor gasoline availability. Gasoline and oil cannot be stored for long periods of time and is easy to sabotage as is propane. Modern gas and oil furnaces and water heaters need electrical power to run, but that is the purpose of the generator. If you have a natural gas powered generator, then you have space and water heating. Even without any electricity, the older gas fired water heaters, that vent up the chimney, work fine and provide about 35,000-40,000 Btuh of heat. That heat is accessible though running a shower into a plugged bath tub, into sinks, or pots etc. Its not perfect but it works and it gets a lot colder here than in most states and even the most populated parts of Alaska along the coast.
    Since propane is heavier than air, a propane leak is much more likely to lead to a dangerous situation than natural gas. I am not sure I would want a multi-fuel generator as even the simpler natural gas ones can be very unreliable, so adding complexity can only make things worse. Some brands are particularity unreliable from what I have read on the Internet so I look forward to your generator comparison article. Natural gas is usually stored locally to handle the winter peaks. In Ontario we store the gas in old salt mines, so the impact of a major trunk line being taken out would not have much of an impact over the short term of a couple of months.
    The location of gas meters is highly regulated in all of Canada to ensure that they are installed in safe locations. Gas line and other Locates are free of charge and are mandatory for both home owners and contractors who plan to dig. Whoever ruptures one bears the full financial and safety cost. Such breaches are usually in small feeder lines that have little impact to the delivery of gas and sometimes occur because the gas line is very old and poorly mapped.
    Re gas fired fireplaces, invented in Canada, most if not all sold here will work without electricity, if need be, but they will not provide anywhere as much heat and the efficiency would be much lower. They are still better than traditional wood fireplaces that usually have a net loss of 6%. An open concept home with a centrally located high efficiency wood burning stove can be a great option where natural gas is not available, especially if you live in or near a wood lot. Only a small generator would be required for lighting, operations of a refrigerator/freezer, etc and if its winter time, the great outdoors can provide all the all of the food preservation required in the north. It still amazes me how many people will let their food spoil when their refrigerator or freezer is not working for whatever reason during cold weather. IQ and more importantly common sense seem to often be in shorter supply than an energy source.

    At least we in N.A. are not as stupid as the Europeans who have largely switched their economy to natural gas that they have to buy from the Russians, a potential enemy that can turn off the flow on a whim. It would quickly bankrupt Russia, but that is no solace for Europeans who both heat and generate electricity largely with gas.

  12. Dodged5 says:

    Where we live there is no natural gas so that is not an option. We have a 500 gallon propane tank and the furnace, stove, oven, etc. all run on propane. The downside to that of course is in a long term disaster getting delivery of propane is very doubtful at best but until then…

  13. Mary Jane says:

    Can you also please discuss the various (Portable) solar generators when you cover your generator info.
    Also what effect an EMP will have on a generator or even the appliances you try to use.
    Thank you

  14. Maverick says:

    I just got worse. About a month ago, the news reported the EPA has ORDERED all NG distributors to switch from using gas driven pumps to electric pumps. Idiocy on parade. Or should I say Saul Alinsky tactics demonstrated. Another superstorm like sandy and there will not even be NG. destroy the system, create a crisis.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Mavrick,

      This is very bad news! I’ll go in search of this info and thanks for the heads up.

  15. I didn’t see any other concerns made except for the explosive capacity of natural gas and the fact that electricity is needed to send it through the lines. We have a tri fuel generator for the reason that we can use 3 different types of fuel, increasing the odds we can get fuel for it. That’s it. Gasoline is flammable and so is propane

    • Survival Diva says:

      Cindi,
      Yes, natural gas, gasoline and propane are all flammable, but if someone is shopping for a generator and wants a dependable fuel, 100 lb# propane tanks are a good way to go to make sure there is fuel available to run the generator. Some locations might still receive gas IF the compressor station is run by natural gas and if there are no line breaks that occur in a disaster.

  16. CapnMike says:

    About 3 years ago New Mexico was hit with a natural gas outage. Rolling electrical brownouts in Texas shut down the pumping stations. If we were hit with an EMP, those pumping stations would not move the gas through the lines, and the end user (us) would soon not have natural gas to run anything. Given our reliance on electronics, pumping facilities (to move natural gas, to get gasoline from the ground tanks into you containers, etc.) would could not be counted on, at least for very long.

  17. Soldier4hire says:

    Dave, all good points, I use LPN gas to run a back-up generator. I have scouted several locations to get more in long term grid down situation. I plan on using the Natural Gas Generator for as long as possible and using a Solar panel as well. The reason I went with a Propane/LNG/Natural gas system, is it stores far longer then Gas or Diesel. There are mod’s you can get to convert a Propane Generator to run on Gas. Of course with a newer unit I’m vulnerable to an EMP, but I am working on that problem currently. Oh yeah last item, Propane/Natural gas generators run really quite. You can not hear mine from 700 meters away at night. That is uncovered, adding outside baffles like a long stack of sandbags really helps keep the noise down and doesn’t say “HERE I AM WITH POWER”
    Stay safe, watch your six and God Bless. Believe in Jesus and those who don’t will find my house after the rapture and say wow this guy was ready. I’ll leave the bible out for them.

    • Survival Diva says:

      Soldier4hire,

      Spot on about leaving a Bible behind. Our group found Bibles at the Dollar Store that were actually pretty nice and stocked up on them for those who wanted one.

    • Desert Fox says:

      Sorry for my naivete, but I was not aware you could purchase bottled natural gas…I have only dealt with propane. Also I don’t think I have ever seen a natural gas generator. Thanks for any enlightement.

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