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July 16th, 2019 11:27 PM
My best friend back in CT got a Lincoln generator/welder that could handle most of his house, leaving central AC out of the mix. Back there, power outages from hurricanes and twisters are infrequent and the power is usually back within a day. The bigger problem is winter storms, ice storms in particular which cause widespread damage. So having your generator checked out and ready to start in cold weather is vital. Well, human nature being what it is, after not turning the genset on for 2 or 3 years, his area got hammered by a winter storm a couple of years ago. Electric start didn't work, generator battery crapped out, could NOT get the thing running . Fortunately a large fireplace and an ample supply of firewood kept them warm and fed. Gummed up carburetor and fuel system was the problem - shocker, right? Now he checks it before winter sets in.
LP/propane would be my first choice if I were getting a generator, Diesel would be second choice. For the LP/propane option, I'd still be looking to set up a pair of 100-pound tanks (about 25 gallons each) with a means to use the little 20-pounds tanks as well, for convenience and backup. I'm a bit surprised you're having trouble finding LP gas service (home delivery) in your area - I thought that was pretty common across the US, especially in areas not served by natural gas line.
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July 17th, 2019 01:34 AM
Yes 42 gallons to run two generators for three days.
Originally Posted by Havok
Mom's house pulled a pretty constant 6000-6500kw load with spikes close to 7500kw. (Furnace, 2 freezers, refrigerator, misc)
My house is quite a bit smaller and averaged 2200kw load. (Furnace, refrigerator, misc) Fuel use was about half of what poured through Mom's.
Read this and not sure what I was thinking, but WOW If I could find a 7500KW portable that ran 3 days on 42 gallons I'd be selling power to the neighbor!
He has a 120KW PTO driven generator mounted permanently to a 100hp JD diesel. He runs two hog buildings, house and shop with it.
Should be 7500 watts
Last edited by TSKnight; July 17th, 2019 at 11:30 AM.
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July 17th, 2019 10:36 AM
I bought a 15000 watt generator after 2004 hurricanes. Had a total of 10 hours on it when I just sold it because of moving and was to big for me to handle. Just purchased a duel fuel 3500 generator from Home Depot. Itís was hard to get gas the last hurricane so I have twice the chance of getting fuel. Wanted one big enough to run frig and freezer and fan. Just ordered the duel tank adapter. Thanks for that info.
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July 17th, 2019 10:58 AM
I don't know a lot about generators but i see a lot Honda generators out camping on big rigs with multiple
AC's etc due to the fact they only have 30 amp breakers at campground...And they are quiet...They make less noise than
most RV air conditioners but they are pricey.
July 17th, 2019 05:09 PM
I went with the factory rebuilt Champion from Supergen Products. If I were going to spend over a thousand I would go with a Generac and have it set up with the automatic switch. I have the gas powered remote start 7500-9000 and I added a fuel solenoid shut off so that i can start mine form inside my house.
July 17th, 2019 06:33 PM
We have Hondaís at work and they are nice, but I have only seen small generators and they are quite pricey.
Originally Posted by Cornhusker95
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July 17th, 2019 07:57 PM
For what itís worth, just ran a Generac (about $3,000) for 8 months, 40 hours a week. The guys didnít maintain the oil, and it ran fine u til it ran out of oil. We had a 500 gallon propane tank and would fill it twice a month.
If you use the ďportableĒ unit, dig a hole in the ground and pour flush with concrete that have a u bolt embedded. You can set the generator on top and lock it down. Itís cheap insurance and makes it more difficult to cut the lock /chain.
Oil is your friend on any unit that you buy. You can have plenty of gas, but if you donít have enough oil, itís useless.
Spend the money to hire an electrician to wire the transfer switch if you are not capable. You can select the items you want to run and run them as needed as others have suggested.
July 18th, 2019 04:55 AM
If transfer switch is installed, and devices chosen to run through main breaker, can other outlets on generator still be used to power individual devices not enabled by original setup?
Originally Posted by OneSilverT
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July 18th, 2019 10:08 AM
Youtube is full of guys who stick their generators in a plastic shed and add one little vent on one end and an 8" exhaust fan on the other. That didn't work for me. Mine is in a roomy homemade enclosure that is anything but air tight and I watched the remote outdoor thermometer reading start shooting up when I ran it. I went out and propped the top of the enclosure open and opened the doors on the front and that allowed the generator enclosure to cool down. The last few days I added a 15" roof fan on top of the enclosure and a couple of 12" X 18" vents on the doors. A big gasoline powered generator produces a lot of heat so if you want your generator to keep running figure on providing some serious ventilation. Supposed to be 95* this afternoon and I will try it out again. Our power was off for nine hours the last time and I had fuel but some people found out that the gas station's pumps don't work when they don't have power.
July 18th, 2019 10:33 AM
Pretty much the way mine is set up except I built a generator enclosure. I didn't spend the extra hundred for the dual fuel generator because I don't have a big propane tank and I don't intend to lug 30# bottles around. I had enough fuel for what I needed to run but some people had to run around looking for fuel. Gas stations don't pump gas when they don't have power.
Originally Posted by The Old Anglo
July 18th, 2019 05:06 PM
I would think that they would still work. As many have mentioned, your loads will determine how many circuits you can power.
July 18th, 2019 09:27 PM
Your local medical/industrial gas supplier (like oxygen cannulae, welding machines, argon, CO2, etc) likely also has propane. Perhaps you could get them to service you with 100-lb tank(s) (similar to typical BBQ but about 4.5 feet tall) on their regular delivery route bringing oxygen to your neighbor with emphysema.
Originally Posted by lionround
July 18th, 2019 09:59 PM
I have found generators are like gun safes-get bigger than you think you need. I have a 5500w and wish it were a bit larger. When my 2 sump pumps kick on, it has to work, especially when the 2 refrigerators are running and I am watching tv and making a pizza.
July 18th, 2019 11:25 PM
I do intend to get an electrician to install the interlock and whatever else is necessary to power it. I have installed a few outlets and light switches, but I'm not going to do something that requires a permit.
I wanted the duel fuel option just in case the gas stations aren't running. And gasoline gets old. Propane never does. I do need to find out how much power my AC unit is going to need to both run and start up. That's a necessity in Memphis. It was 93 today with 99 percent humidity. It's like living in a sauna. Ugh.
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July 19th, 2019 12:17 AM
Lionround, you might want to see if these guys can supply a fixed tank and refill service for you. They have a location in Memphis.
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