Do you want to keep your portable generator safe? Do you want to build a portable generator enclosure? Check out this guide plus instructional videos…
The reasons for an enclosure for your generator.
- Noise Reduction: Most portable generators are noisy and a sound dampening enclosure can go a long way to reducing the noise. This is great if you want to stay on good terms with your friends, neighbors, family or anybody within earshot of the generator.
- To keep the generator safe from theft: Unfortunately, generator theft isn’t as uncommon as people may think. An enclosure won’t make it impossible for thieves to steal your generator, however, an enclosure with a padlock can help deter would-be thieves away from an easier target.
- Weather: A generator enclosure can help protect the generator from harsh weather conditions.
- Storing your generator in this enclosure frees up storage space in your garage, shed or basement for other uses
- Makes it easier to startup and connect your generator during a power outage because it is always ready to go — no dragging generator outside during the outage or bad weather to use it.
The following materials (or similar alternatives) can be used to build the generator enclosure.
You can get most of the items from Amazon or Home Depot, I’ve put links directly to the items needed below.
For the Generator Enclosure
For the Ventilation
For the Exhaust System
- Wall Vent Hood with Spring Damper
- Semi-Rigid Duct
- Foil Backed Fiberglass Pipe Wrap Insulation
- Round Duct Cap
- McMaster Carr magnet – Search for 5685K33 on the website
For the High Temp Cut-Off
The semi-rigid duct linked to above isn’t very well reviewed. If anybody finds a better alternative, please leave a comment to let others know.
Just for your information, these videos are not my own and I do not take credit for them! I just really liked the design of the generator enclosure, and thought that it’d be better to put everything together in one post along with links directly to the materials. You can find out more info regarding this design, or ask questions on the original authors YouTube channel here.
High-Temp Shut Off Mechanism
If you found the videos useful, or if they’ve given you a few good ideas on how to build your own portable generator enclosure. Please give the original author your thanks.
Alternative Steps by Icreatables
Below are the videos detailing how to build the 5′-2″ x 3′-8″ generator shed. Each video describes one of the major steps in building the shed.