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Running gas engine in enclosed area

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Dan1944, Nov 19, 2002.

  1. Dan1944

    Dan1944 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    I need some advise, My "shop" is a 12x14 manufactured shed located on a RV and Boat storage parking spot. Unfortunately there is no electric available. I have a 5000 KV gas generator with a vanguard 9 hp motor. I am getting tired of hauling it outside every time I need some juice. I am thinking of attaching a metal round flange on the face of the muffler using sheet metal screws and exhaust gasket material to make a seal, then using flexible piping to route the exhaust outside. I know enough to never leave the door closed when running a gas engine inside. Am off the wall on this. Please comment, or suggest any alternative.:dizzy:


    Dan the Lawn Care man
  2. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    back in my cycle mechanic days in high school our dyno room had about a 6 inch pipe going to the roof that was hooked to the bikes exhaust just add a carbon monoxide detector to be sure what you come up with is working
  3. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    i visited an Amish community where a lot of them build furniture. they can't use ac voltage and they either had all the equipment running from air motors or gas engines. the ones using gas engines inside had flexible stainless steel piping running outside through a metal sleeve in the wall. some shops had 6 or so engines running inside at once. i still would leave the door open.
  4. How about removing the muffler and attaching a rigid pipe from block to out side. Easier to seal and with longer pipe shouldn't be too loud.
    Might want to put in a battery operated carbon monoxide detector in shop also.
  5. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Our trailer was piped out a hole in the floor. we had an extenion made to vent higher than the roof so the wind can't blow exhaust our way. (like a stack on a truck)
  6. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    .....thERe"s nuthing rong with ruNNin a gas moter in the shed with no winders opEN. I do IT all the time. :D
  7. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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  9. crawdad

    crawdad LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,938

    And you still have several brain cells left. Keep it up, you are just killing off the weaker cells, much like thinning a herd of buffallo of sick and weak ones strengthens the herd.
  10. Remo Sid

    Remo Sid LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Messages: 55

    Besides the exaust fumes, you shoud be concerned about the gasoline fumes catching fire. I would build a small enclosure outside the building with the front open. I did my air compressor this way to get ride of the noise. With you putting it outside, it would solve the fumes problem, and the noise problem.

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