DIY Honda EU2000i Generator Box

With another blizzard heading our way, we needed to protect our generator from the elements. So, we built a quick (under three hours) and functional generator box out of scrap OSB. There are generator boxes on the market that cost $500 – $800. Most are made of steel, with doors for the starter and outlet panel… but we don’t mind starting it up and placing it into the box. The dimensions are (17″H x 24″L x 16″W).

It may not look flashy, but it works, and it didn’t cost more than $10.

Since we were pressed for time, we just added a 1-1/2″ hole on the front for the extension cord.

We added two 1-1/2″ holes on the side in front of the generator’s air vent. We bought extra used hinges for $1 at the Habitat For Humanity ReStore last summer. The lid is over-sized to help repel the snow.

The back opening is generous for the exhaust. We added the extra scrap from the back panel (which measures 17″H x 16″W) as an awning. It is screwed into a 13″ 2′ x 4′ at an angle with 2-1/2″ screws.

We left a little extra room inside to accommodate the Econo-mode switch, and other outlets… just in case.


2 thoughts on “DIY Honda EU2000i Generator Box

  1. This is a very inexpensive solution to enclosing the Honda 2000 generator. I have to say, though, that it goes against manufacturer’s recommendation of being 3-feet from combustibles. The dimensions of the resulting box would exceed six feet square. Also, although you placed two
    1-1/2 inch holes in front of the air vent, there is another air inlet and that is above the electrical outlets of the generator. That air inlet is apparently for allowing air to help cool the generator.

    • Thank for the additional information Jim, it is important for our readers to know that. In our case, we built the box specifically for extremely cold weather 10 to -20 degrees (F), since we noticed that the generator wasn’t performing as well when the temps dipped really low. And we normally do not run the generator in the box when it is above 40 degrees. Thanks for visiting and your informative comment.

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