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My solution 3500 watt, overhead cam gasoline generator Posted by Notnoel [Email] (#23) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Notnoel) on Tue, 6 Nov 2012 09:13:58
In Reply to: Generator Advice, rich p, Tue, 6 Nov 2012 07:10:13 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
A very workable set-up can be had for about $300 if you are handy enough to do your own wiring. The overhead cam engine is pretty quiet and I get about 12 hours of juice on a 3 gallon tank.
I bought this at Costco about 10 years ago for $269. It is parked in the relatively weatherproof environs under my screened-in porch, and have it wired into the house through a 2-gang auxillary fuse box (about $45 at home depot). You don't need very much of a generator in a house with gas heat, hot water, and stove. This powers the fan on the furnace, all our appliances, the freezer, internet, entertainment centers and a few lights.
When needed, I shut off the two circuits it powers (kitchen/upstairs family room and basement family room/wifi/heater fan), throw the auxillary box on, go outside and plug the wire that leads to the generator outlet in, and start the generator. Keeps us warm, bathed, fed, and entertained (kids and adults can retreat to separate areas if need be - very handy on days 2, 3, and beyond when the cabin fever sets in). I've even powered a couple of window AC units for sleeping with this set up during a 3 day summer outage(by swapping out the freezer load for the AC during the night-time hours).
It's not quite as convenient as an automatic back up generator, but still only takes about 5 minutes to go back and forth between the grid and the generator.
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