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what is the use of the water cooling in this honda generator?

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Posted by nick on October 25, 2009, 4:49 pm

see http://www.poweredgenerators.com/honda/ES6500.html

is the water cooling better for a hot, humid climate to prolong engine life?
same model is available without water cooling, does that mean engine overheats?

Posted by vaughn on October 25, 2009, 5:34 pm

In general, water cooled engines are quieter and more efficient.  Air cooled
engines are lighter, usually cheaper, and simpler (less to go wrong).

One advantage of water cooling is that it gives you the option (usually only
in a stationary instalation) of tapping off "free" waste heat from the hot


Posted by nick on October 25, 2009, 5:44 pm

thanks for that, can you tell more?

Posted by Mike Romain on October 28, 2009, 5:38 pm

nick wrote:

I would be thinking heater core from a vehicle type of application where
I aimed/routed the hot outlet air from the radiator's fan to a useful place.

In my case, I plan on aiming the forced air outlet of my Onan gen-set
under the floors of my place in winter so it warms the crawlspace when
running and routes outside for summer.  If I had forced air heating, I
would tag it into that with some ductwork.

Off the grid in Canada

Posted by vaughn on October 28, 2009, 5:59 pm

Not a bad idea, but don't forget to sprinkle some carbon monoxide detectors
around the house.  You never know...


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