Consider your vehicle. One of the best fuel storage units you can get. My truck holds 35 gallons and I keep it full. That will run the generator for quite a while running it intermittently on a as needed basis. I look at the generator as a temporary thing. Good for a month or three but not for 20 years or a mad max type apocalypse. In those type of cases we will need to get back to the pioneer mode The generator will help getting there. Even solar panels and batteries, how long does anyone expect them to last?it all comes down to fuel storage????????
That is a thought. I do have a 500 gal propane tank in the yard for the furnace, stove, and water heater. The drawback is getting propane after a SHTF scenario. I think there will be more gasoline laying around than propane, but perhaps not. You're right about the reasonable price on the 20 pounders. Watch the valves though. Most places will no longer fill the tanks with the old valves. At least around here.If I buy a small genny for the house, I'd like to look into propane conversion.