Introducing GenTent Safety Canopies

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Don’t Let Weather Kill Your Power

Here in Texas, it’s been a very wet spring. We have had the most rainfall in the month of May since records have been kept. And along with the rain, there have been storms, flooding, power outages, and all around nasty weather. But, those inclement conditions made me think, we have not yet shared with you about a relatively new tool accessory that was recently brought to our attention. It may be one of the most important things you can have in this type of weather. It might even safe your life or the life of someone you love. It’s call GenTent.

GenTent Safety Canopy

GenTent Safety Canopy

What is GenTent?

Recently we were introduced to Mark Carpenter, inventor and CEO / President of GentTent Safety Canopies, LLC.   He is passionate about the product, and even more passionate about the fact that lives can be saved by using this simple, but very smart idea. So what is the GenTent? Simply put, it’s a tent for your portable generator. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

GenTent Safety Canopies

Mark Carpenter, Inventor and CEO / President of GenTent Safety Canopies, LLC

Why use GenTent?

Mark discussed with us an obvious dilemma that brought about his idea. In many cases, the reason to use a portable generator, is because weather conditions are such that there might be a loss of power. But if you look at the warning labels on the generator, it becomes a little complicated. The first warning label states, and most people know, NOT to use a generator inside, even in a garage. Why? Because the exhaust contains carbon monoxide, which can kill.

GenTent Safety Canopies

CO Poisoning Warning Label

BUT, the next warning label tells the user not to operate in wet conditions, like rain or snow, which is precisely when many people need a generator. Mark had a goal: develop a method to safely keep portable generators operating during the worst weather conditions.

GenTent Safety Canopies

Usage Warning Label

How To Install

That’s how GenTent Safety Canopies were born. They are easy-to-install, weatherproof covers for your portable generator. By following the simple 3-step operation of “clamp it, frame it, and cover it”, you can avoid risks associated with CO poisoning, and keep your generator working outdoors and it remains portable.

GenTent Safety Canopies

Clamp it.

GenTent Safety Canopies

Frame It

GenTent Safety Canopies

Cover it.

Evolution of GenTent

Like most quality products, GenTent has changed a lot due to a lot of trial and error. For example, one of the first prototypes tested completely enclosed the generator. Mark and his team determined that it needed to be open (like a canopy) , because that restricting airflow could easily cause the generator to overheat. That could be dangerous for the user and potentially damaging to the generator. Over time, GenTent has evolved to be a tent or canopy-like cover mounted over the electrical components on your portable generator, but still allows the operator easy access to refueling and maintenance.

GenTent Safety Canopies

Easy access to refueling or maintenance.

And the GenTent will protect in rain, snow, and even hurricane force precipitation. In fact the National Guard used GenTent during Hurricane Sandy. For independent testing results: CLICK HERE.

Is there a GenTent for every portable generator?

Last point to make in this introduction: there is a GenTent model to fit the majority of the generators on the market, 98 percent of them to be exact. You might need either the GTU or GTX frame adapter kit depending on the specific model, but all you need to do is go to the GenTent website and put in the make and model number of your generator and you’ll find exactly what you need. If you happen to have an Invertor Generator, there is a new direct mounting wet-weather canopy system.

GenTent Safety Canopies

GenTent in the elements

GenTent has a solution for almost generator owner, including home owners, contractors, first responders, tailgaters, campers, and anyone else who might have need to use a portable generator. Oh, and they are made in the USA!

For more information from GenTent Safety Canopies, LLC: CLICK HERE

To find the right one for your generator, or to order directly from GenTent: CLICK HERE

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Beth Knott

Managing Editor at Tool Skool
Beth is the Managing Editor of Tool Skool, as well as a contributing reviewer. She has a long history with tools: as co-Producer of DIY Tools & Techniques, she oversaw the production of more than 200 episodes. An avid DIYer, she puts her tool collection to good use.

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