Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Running an electric heater from a gasoline powered portable generator is not a very efficient use of your personal resources.
Direct space heating with propane combustion will net 70 to 85 % efficiency, as opposed to around 18 to 25% efficiency of small gasoline engine generator.
Yep. A large chunk of the gasoline ends up as engine heat, which is just thrown away outdoors. Another chunk is wasted in the conversion to electricity. Only a small amount of it actually goes to heating the home's interior spaces.
Then there's the noise, the exhaust fumes, the need to replace the engine oil every 50-100 hours, etc.
Running a generator for a few hours a day to keep the fridge & freezer cold is fine, but running it 24/7 is rarely a good idea - especially for home heating.