Model # 6000

Internet #202938503

Generac 3,250-Watt Propane Gas Powered Portable Generator

Discontinued Generac

3,250-Watt Propane Gas Powered Portable Generator

  • Engine runs on propane fuel; connects to standard size LP tanks
  • Automatic low oil shutoff to prevent engine damage
  • Precision balanced for stability and effortless mobility
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Product Overview

Generac's LP3250 is the first portable propane generator to bring together the benefits of liquid propane with an easy-to-transport design. The result is a surprisingly compact and easily maneuverable portable generator ideal for a variety of uses. Until now, the only options available required the propane tank to be separately carried, where it would then sit to the side of the generator while in use. The LP3250 incorporates a tank holder into the frame itself, so the standard size 20 lb. propane tank sits securely out of the way. It eliminates the hassle of a stand-alone tank and the awkward fuel line that goes along with it. Take the LP3250 along for outdoor events, camping or job site use or use it around the home for projects and emergency backup.

  • 20 lb. fuel tank runs the generator continuously for up to 9 hours (fuel tank sold separately)
  • 212cc engine runs on propane gas
  • Two 20 Amp 120-Volt 5-20R outlets and one 20 Amp twist-lock L14-20R outlet
  • Outlets are covered for protection from the elements
  • Muffler helps ensure quiet operation
  • Fuel gauge shows you when the generator needs refueling
  • Low oil pressure protection safeguards the engine from damage
  • Circuit breakers provide overload protection
  • Conveniently located fuel line quickly connects to standard size LP tanks
  • Dolly-style handles and low grab bar increase maneuverability
  • Handles fold down for compact storage
  • Rugged 1-1/4 in. hardened-steel tube cradle
  • 3,750-Watt peak and 3,250-Watt running power for outdoor events, camping or jobsite applications and use around the home for projects and emergency backup
  • Item not for sale in Los Angeles, California
  • Click on the more info tab to download the specifications pdf to view the wattage requirement guide

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Brand Champion Power Equipment Generac Generac Powermate
Ratings (172) (109) (26) (0)
Engine Make OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded OEM Branded
Generator Features Automatic Voltage Regulation,Fuel Gauge,Low Oil Shutdown,Wheel Kit Automatic Voltage Regulation,Fuel Gauge,Low Oil Shutdown,Wheel Kit Fuel Gauge,Hour Meter,Low Oil Shutdown,Wheel Kit Electric Start,Fuel Gauge,GFCI Outlet(s),Low Oil Shutdown,Wheel Kit
Continuous Wattage 3500 3750 5500 6500
CA (CARB) Compliant Not CARB Compliant Not CARB Compliant Not CARB Compliant Not CARB Compliant
Fuel type Gasoline Propane Gas Gasoline Gasoline
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Built-in inverter
CA (CARB) Compliant
Not CARB Compliant
Continuous Wattage
Engine Displacement (cc)
Engine Make
OEM Branded
Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)
Fuel type
Propane Gas
Full load fuel consumption (gallons/hour)
Generator Features
Automatic Voltage Regulation,Fuel Gauge,Low Oil Shutdown,Wheel Kit
Horsepower (hp)
0 hp
Number of circuits/outlets
Operational volume (dB)
Osha Required GFCI Outlets
Peak Wattage
Product Weight (lb.)
Run time at 50% load (hours/tank)
Voltage (volts)

Warranty / Certifications

Certifications and Listings
EPA Approved
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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Customer Questions & Answers

how much effort is required to pull starter.i'm not a young man

Asked by: Anonymous
I to am getting a little long in the tooth but I don't have any trouble pulling the cord. Certainly no more difficult than starting the lawn mower.
Answered by: Cantxsailor
Date published: 2016-03-28

where do you purchase propane tanks to fit the generac 3250 model 6000 portable generator?

Asked by: Anonymous
The beauty of a propane generator over a gasoline fired unit is that during a power outage, you can get filled 20 lb. propane bottles at almost any grocery store, many convenience stores and Home Depot. These are the propane bottles used for BBQ grills. Note well, however that the "exchange" bottles in the metal cage at those outlets aren't filled to capacity. Home Depot sells new, empty bottles. Take an empty bottle to a propane company and they will fill the bottle to its true full capacity. A propane supplier will be able to refill bottles even during a power outage--unlike a gas station whose gas pumps won't be working. Never store your propane bottles indoors with the generator set.
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2016-11-01

Does this generator come with a propane tank?

Asked by: Anonymous
No, you need to buy it separately.
Answered by: Cantxsailor
Date published: 2015-09-20

How long will this unit run on a 20# tank

Asked by: Anonymous
I believe 9 hours
Answered by: MKL1959
Date published: 2015-12-05
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Customer Reviews

3,250-Watt Propane Gas Powered Portable Generator is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 109.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved the day when Sandy came to town Let's start this conversation with a discussion of gasoline versus propane.... If you have a choice, buy propane or natural gas. A gasoline generator uses 5 gallons of gas for about 10 hours of use. My propane generator gets 9 hours on a 20 pound tank. It uses the same tanks your gas grill uses. It is much easier to hook up a new tank than to fill the gas tank from a five gallon gas jug….who wants to pour gasoline on a hot engine anyway? I also did it because I wanted my wife to be able to hook things up if I am away. Who wants to have to go out and get gas two times a day? Or be forced to own 2-3 five gallon cans of gas? And imagine lifting that five gallon can in the winter outside, patiently waiting for that small nozzle to feed all that gas into the tank. 5 gallons of gas weighs over 30 pounds, plus the weight of the container. 30 pounds doesn’t sound like a lot until you are standing outside on a winter night, on a slippery ice covered patio, holding a flashlight with one hand and the tank in the other. Yes, I now own three propane tanks.....but I can store the propane almost indefinitely, or I can use it on my gas grill next summer. I purchased this generator three days after Hurricane Sandy hit NJ. We were without power from midway through the storm, and the estimates for the return of power were in weeks. I was lucky enough to find one, and when I was offered the choice between a gas or propane unit, it was an easy decision for me. As some of you might have read, the NJ area had issues getting gasoline to the people. With gas stations have 3 hour waits, I had an over two hour wait to get gas in my car, and they limited everyone to $30. So if I had wanted to fill up two 5 gallon cans with gas, I would have only filled the second one about halfway before my $30 ran out. However, I was able to stop at the local garden center and get my propane tanks refilled for $20 each with no wait in line. This 3750 watt unit powered my entire house except for some minor things. That is about 30 amps. I have oil for my heat, and natural gas for my stove, laundry dryer and hot water, so we don’t need that much. It powered a refrigerator, a standup freezer in the basement, a few Tivo’s, televisions, all the lights (Although I did go around and unscrew any incandescent bulbs and replace them with low wattage compact fluorescents) and everyone’s laptops, cell phones and iPads. I asked that the girls not use hair dryer, the microwave, the toaster or the heating element on the dishwasher. Basically, anything with a heating element….those draw a lot of current. To give you an idea of how efficient new products are, my new 60” LED backlit Sharp TV draws less than a pair of 100 watt light bulbs. The old fashioned toaster draws 1200 watts. We could also use any of the big three loads (Washer, drier, dishwasher) but only one at a time. And we also had the sump pump on the entire time, but it only cycles occasionally. If I had any choice in sizes of a generator, I would have gone for at least 5000 watts to make it a more seamless transition to the power. Some people recommend 7-8000 watts….but if you can live with a few inconveniences, I would stay smaller. The larger generators use more gas per hour. They have bigger tanks, so you fill them the same amount of times per day, you just add more fuel each time. Remember, the generator is like a car… can buy a Corvette or a Chevette for going to work, but if you always drive in traffic, you are wasting energy with that big V-8 where you only need a 4 cylinder. As for the generator itself, it took about 45 minutes for my daughter and I to put it together. They give you a 30-50 page manual that is of little assistance actually assembling the darn thing. Hang on to that so you can read the specs and how often to change the oil and adjust the rest of the unit……But the folks at Generac had one of those one color page instruction sheets hidden in the box. Look for it; it is an illustrated instruction manual on how to get the thing together. It was great. The box also included a quart of oil and a special funnel to fill it with. That was a nice touch, as I have read horror stories about some generators and how difficult it is to get the oil in the units…this one was easy. The motor is covered with a nicely constructed cowl that covers the motor. There is a big muffler on this machine to keep the noise down. I can only compare it to all my neighbors’ units they had running the last week. This unit seems a bit quieter, but my one neighbor has a generator that looks like it was manufactured in 1970….your mileage may vary. To give you an idea on the noise, we set ours up in the yard, about 5 feet from the back wall of the house. It was cold, so the windows were closed. We could hear it when in the room directly adjacent to the generator, but once we went into other rooms, we hardly heard it….it was more like you felt it, a low frequency hum that we were only aware of if we listened for it. This unit has a nicely painted frame. It looks to be powder coated….it seems that it will take a bit of abuse and not start rusting sitting in the garage like some of the cheapie generators I have seen at some people’s houses. The handles fold down so you can fit this thing in the back of an SUV and close the door. Actually, it fit easily in my wife’s 2006 Explorer…..plenty of room to spare. I’ll warn you now, this thing is heavy, about 120 pounds. Get help if you expect to lift it in the car. The tank is held on board the generator nicely. The tank doesn’t rattle around in its rack. You install the tank and hook up the gas, and can wheel the generator anywhere, all in one nice package. The generator took three pulls to start the first time we started it….ok, maybe more like ten pulls, but that was because I forgot to open the valve on the propane tank before I started it. It took only three pulls after I opened the valve. There is a nice label on the top of the generator showing the instructions on how to start the unit….open the valve, press the primer button for one second, close the choke, turn the power switch to on and pull the rope start. Once it fires up, open the choke and you are good to go. One note for those who cannot get it started….I noticed that I didn’t need to close the choke hardly any bit at all. In fact, the one time I moved the choke fully to its most restricted position, the unit would not start. I found moving it midway through its total range of motion was enough to start it. This model has four 110VAC plugs, and one 220VAC twist-lock plug. I personally used the 220 VAC plug to tie the power into my house. It worked well. After my power came back on, we took the generator to my parents’ house. They used the four 110 VAC outlets. Those also worked well. There is no meter on the generator for voltage output or hours used. I would recommend that you keep a chart on hour usage, so you can change the oil at regular intervals. The power that comes out of most generators is what some might call “noisy”. It is not as smooth a wave form as what you get from the power company. Because of this, you might find, like I did, that your uninterruptable power supplies might not work. Ours clicked and beeped like the power was still off. Doing some research, I found that many UPS units don’t like the not so clean frequency output of the generator (Not just this unit, most low cost home generators). I found that the solution was to remove the UPS until normal power returned and simply use a run of the mill power strip. Besides that, they were no issues using any device in my house. For those that use a CPAP machine, my Resmed CPAP machine worked just fine on the power from my generator, no issues during the use, and afterward back on city power. With the all usage I listed above, we got about 9 hours of use per 20 pound tank of propane. Keep this in mind…when you fill your propane tank, you don’t always get 20 pounds of propane. Some (Not all) of those refill services at the big box stores only fill the tanks with 15 pounds of propane… remember when you calculate how much time your generator will last. If my garden center gives me 19 pounds and the big box gives me 15 pounds, I am going to get about 20% less time of use out of that tank.
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BUILT SOLID RUNS LIKE A CHAMP Purchased this after Hurricane Irene so we can run our refridgerators and freezer (lost lots of food). This generator was easily assembled and started like a champ. Runs quieter than my neighbors gas generator and seems to be built sturdier. Used this at the recent Chili Festival and never had a hickup (ran for 6 or so hours). Worth the extra cost for a propane generator and Generac's name/quality. It was also packaged well and Home Depot got it here in 3 days.
Date published: 2011-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product We bought this generator to power a breathing machine in case of power failure. We installed a transfer switch that took care of 8 circuits. We lost our power in hurricane Sandy. This machine was amazing! It started on the 3rd pull and ran on 1- 20 lb tank for over 12 hours. We ran the breathing machine, 3 tvs, wi-fi, 2 refrigerators, and several lights. It provided plenty of power to get us through the storm.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable and overall a good solid product! I work in the fire service as a career firefighter and have used Generac products for a while. I recently decided to be proactive and buy my own personal backup generator for my home, I came across this item and the search was over. I'm proud to report that after purchasing and owning it for a few months now that this is a great product. I chose Propane because of the shelf life and the fact that I will not have any fouling of the carburetor. This unit runs very well, starts with only a few pulls, and runs quieter than gasoline units of similar wattage. It is built solid and made to last. The bottle holder is a nice plus and makes it easy to move around when needed. Although, I haven't run the unit for more than a half hour to date, I did test it with an 8000 BTU A/C and a powerful upright vacuum cleaner and it passed. Not that I plan to do much cleaning when the power goes out, but it can power 2 items drawing significant wattage. Some sump pumps can draw almost 2000 watts at start-up so I thought this was a must have. I'd also like to have heat during the next blizzard if the power should go out. Nobody likes frozen pipes.
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works like it should I bought this generator for use when we take our trailer out beyond the usual camp grounds. So far I'm very impressed with the build and the ease of use. The fact that I no longer have to worry about the carburetor getting clogged up with shellac if the motor isn't started for a while is worth the price. Propane, if used with some intelligence, is safe and it never goes stale and I can find it almost any where. Especially useful when there is no electricity for the local gas station to pump gas. Hurricane Ike taught me a few lessons I will never forget. I'll be a little better prepared now. The generator runs pretty quietly which is nice since quiet is why we go camping in the first place. The folding handle makes moving it around very easy. I can actually load it into my truck using a ramp by myself. It has enough power to run all the stuff in the camper including the A/C. Having A/C or staying in a camper trailer is a treat that not many years ago I would have snubbed as not being "real camping". You know like in a tent. . As my bones age my memory of why I thought that has faded. I like the comfort. More importantly my wife likes it. Happy wife, happy life. M.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worked when I needed it First time usage was during Sandy. Started up on third pull just like it was designed. Worked great as I powered lights, furnace, refrigerator and TV. Only issue I had was a the pull cord freying and some oil seeping from the air filter. I measured it correctly but I guess it was overfilled. I replaced the oil but only filled it half way up the dip stick. Anyway, it kept us warm an happy for two weeks. Great to know its there and the propane was a blessing to use.
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not such a great deal I have had several persistant issues with this generator. 1) After the first few uses it doesn't start as described. 2) I have had to replace the cord three times. 3) Home Depot does no maintenance on these units. 4) I had a factory authorized dealer repair it the first time, I had to make all subsequent adjustments. Perhaps their larger unit is better, but in a pinch when your generator does not start it causes you to not only loose faith in the manufacturer but in the product itself. 5) being careful to not lift from the plastic housing that holds the propane tank did not help the plastic from eventually cracking, poor design in that regard.
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made Solid build quaility, reasonably easy assembly of wheels and propane tank holder. The first start took several pulls, but then started and ran smoothly. Noise level seems similar to gasoline units of similar power output. I got it to power the essentials at home during blackouts, so I'm hoping I never need it! This region was hit with widespread and extended power outages in Oct 2011, and many people with gasoline generators had a hard time getting fuel. That's why I opted for easy to store propane. The choke lever is a little hard to find, but that's a minor gripe.
Date published: 2011-12-06
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