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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder Spec Review

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder (30592) is a portable open frame generator with a rated wattage of 6250 W and a starting wattage of 8500 W.

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Description

Storm Ready, this is the ideal quick response generator! (source: Briggs & Stratton (opens in a new tab))

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In a nutshell, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is a portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Food truck owners who want to ensure that their business is fully self-contained and does not rely on potentially unreliable external power
  • Homeowners in need of an emergency backup power for their essentials
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device, along with its emission compliance information.

Power & Run Time

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder in use

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder houses a 420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke engine, which provides 120/240V, consumes gasoline and delivers a running wattage of 6250W along with a peak wattage of 8500W.

Its starting mechanism is based on a simple traditional pull-start mechanism.

With a full tank, the Storm Responder can operate for around 11 hours at 50% load (fuel consumption around 0.68 GPH), thanks to its fuel capacity of 7.5 gallons.

Outlets

The control panel features the following 5 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle

Since the Storm Responder bears a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it is easily connectible to a breaker box and can power your home in case of a power outage.

Portability

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder has a conventional, open frame design, of the following dimensions: L28 x W27 x H28 in, which offers support and allows it to be raised above ground level. The generator is designed for ideal use outdoors and in rough environments.

Since the generator weighs 210 lbs, it will be incredibly difficult to manually lift it and transport it, even though it is technically considered to 'be portable' (in the sense that it is movable). Still, once it is on the ground, its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle can easily solve the issue of low mobility and allow for easy relocation of the device.

Features

Panel of the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder

The Storm Responder's control panel

Monitoring of the Storm Responder's status and activity is made possible by a digital StatStation™ data center, which provides information on the power output and lifetime run hours and is one of the features of its control panel.

The generator allows for a quick, easy and convenient assessment of its gas level, as it is equipped with a built-in fuel gauge.

From a security standpoint, the product offers an automatic low oil shut-off and an overload protection (circuit breaker), allowing you to use it with a peace of mind.

Besides the usual set of documentation and owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to get you promptly started, Briggs & Stratton also included a extension cord in the Storm Responder's packaging.

Emissions

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is neither EPA approved nor CARB-compliant..

However, it features a spark arrestor, making it usable in forested areas.

Product Videos

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder compare to generators of similar power (between 5500 and 6500 W).

  • With its weight of 210 lbs, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is one of the heavier generators in the 5500-6500 rated wattage category. Regarding dry weight, one of the champions in the same power range is the Lifan LF7250, with a dry weight of only 140 lbs.
  • The Storm Responder, offering a run time of around 11 hours with a full tank at a 50% load, falls within the average autonomy range when compared to its peers. If autonomy is your priority, one of the devices of a similar power output with the highest run time is the Cat RP5500, reaching around 15 hours.
  • Even though run times are undoubtedly important, they are dependent on the fuel capacity to a large extent. For a more wholesome picture, we must take into consideration the fuel consumption of the generator. In fact, this generator is not among the most fuel efficient, within the aforementioned wattage range : its estimated gasoline consumption at 50% load is around 0.68 GPH. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the Lifan ESI 7000iER-EFI, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.38 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other 5500-6500W generators, the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget generator.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • GFCI Outlets
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent run time
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No EPA or CARB compliance
  • On the heavy side (210 lbs)
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
PortableYes
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine420 cc Briggs & Stratton OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Running watts6250 W
Starting watts8500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)52.1/26 amps
Peaks amps (@120/240V)70.8/35.4 amps
Run time @50% load11 h
Run time @25% loadUnknown
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
DC outletsNo
Data centerPower output and lifetime run hours
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tank7.5 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight210 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)28 x 27 x 28 in
Noise (lower limit)Unknown
THDUnknown
EmissionsN/A
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedExtension cord and wheel kit
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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About Briggs & Stratton

Founded in 1908, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Briggs & Stratton is a well renowned American based gasoline engine manufacturer. While the company mainly focuses on engines – including outdoor, power tool, karting, cast iron and aluminum models, power generators are a crucial component of their portfolio as well – Briggs & Stratton provides both portable and standby solutions for casual users with full support, including installation. The company operates on a global scale, with 13 facilities spread across all the of the continents.

Warranty Information

The Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Briggs & Stratton generators, please consult Briggs & Stratton's warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-743-4115.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator sizing calculator.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Total4962 W6462 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Slow cooker270270
Bug zapper8080
Total4990 W5580 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Drain cleaner250250
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total3980 W8480 W

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Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder
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  1. 4.15
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    I purchased the 8500 Storm Responder today. We were ravaged by Hurricane Laura and will be without power for weeks. So was super happy to get it after 4 days of suffering. BUT I purchased it from L***s and they offered zero warranty. They said Briggs and Stratton will cover any issue. Well the Stat Station does not light up or give me any information.

    + PROS:
    • runs great...easy to crank..
    - CONS:
    • Pretty loud and the lcd screen is BLANK
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  2. 5
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    See the bottom pros and cons.

    + PROS:
    • Easiest generator I have ever started. Very efficient and easy to get on line to run your household. Low in maintenance. High on efficiency. GREAT GENERATOR.
    - CONS:
    • No electric start. This could be challenging for an elderly person to use and start. Other then this it's the generator to own.
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  3. 0.5
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    Worse generator I’ve ever owned !!….. I bought two of these pieces of crap and both died within 20hrs of running…. Don’t waste a cent on this garbage !!!!

    + PROS:
    • Zero
    - CONS:
    • Piece of crap
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