I have a gravity-fed-gas and propane dual-fuel pull-start 4-stroke portable generator which works well and with no problems. I am thinking of adding an add-on remote start so I don't have to go out to it to start it.
I will of course have to go out to the generator in a long power outage to re-fuel it, but for convenience' sake, a quick push on the remote start at night when the bears are out and about can make things nicer, and re-fueling in the morning would be safer.
All of the engine's parts are in proper working order, with no damage.
If I leave the generator fully fueled with stabilized gas and the fuel petcock turned on, or if I leave the propane tank connected and the tank valve turned on, so fuel can flow if the engine is remote-started, I am concerned that there might be normally-occurring situations where the gas or propane could leak out while the engine is off.
I did a web-search for why small engines leak gas, and came across a list of reasons a leak could occur:
- carburetor problems: bowl gasket cracked; float or needle not sitting correctly; body has cracked
- fuel hose or tank has cracks
- primer bulb is brittle (this generator has no primer bulb)
I did not locate a web source for why a propane-fueled engine might leak.
Assuming none of these engine troubles happen, can the engine turn off and come to rest in a normally-occurring situation where the gas or propane could leak out?
(If it is necessary to separate the gas and propane fuels to different questions, that would be fine.)