On 10/15/2015 1:05 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That part is true. For us, even our grocery stores and gas stations
didn't have power for a few days, so we had to go to unaffected parts of
town to get fuel. A couple of gas stations, thankfully, were quicker to
set up their own giant generators so they could run the pumps and do
business otherwise. A local grocery store had to do the same thing.
Somebody in one of the generator fora coined the phrase "Lifeboat vs
I opted for "Lifeboat" (2 KW Honda) and the neighbor for "Cruise ship"
(6 KW Home Depot).
During the nine-day outage last year the neighbor was driving all over
Southeastern Pennsylvania getting gas for his Home Depot monster while I
was sitting at home experiencing a certain degree of schadenfreude....
On Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:53:03 AM UTC-4, Shade Tree Guy wrote:
For years I thought that the electric utility waited until
they heard my generator start before they'd turn the power
back on. Every darned time, except 2003 when they let
me run the gennie all night long. Kept my husband's CPAP
The newer CPAPs run on 12VDC as well as AC and a good sized battery - car or
scooter can keep them going all night and even several days depending on the
size of the battery. My ex-boss needed one and he was in bad enough shape
not to be able to fuel or futz with a generator. Hooked up a 55Ah gel cell
scooter batter from Harbor Freight to a 2A trickle charger so the unit was
always battery powered. So far, so good.
<<For example, a CPAP machine set at 10 cm H20 and charged on a deep-cycle
marine battery will usually last three nights before it needs to be
But that has to be taken with a grain of salt because marine batteries come
in all sorts of capacities and they didn't specify.
alleges to list which machines run on 12VDC. The higher the CPAP setting,
obviously, the shorter the battery life. I'd recommend anyone who depends
on a CPAP look into battery backup power.
I've not used the woodstove in a few years, but it is comforting to know
I can fire it up at any time. It had a griddle on the top so we can
cook directly on it if desired. I like opening the doors though, to
grill a steak.
The LED lanterns are great. They last 40+ hours on a set of batteries
and are very bright.
Hurricane Gloria, 2 1/2 days in 70 years. Next to that, maybe 12 to 14
hours. Longest in winter was only a few hours.
We typically use ours a few times a week during the winter, mostly in the
evenings for the ambiance and cozy heat that only a wood fire provides.
However, last winter was so warm we were only able to use the wood stove
a few times. It just gets too hot in the house unless it's in the 40's or
lower outside. Long range forecast is for another warm winter here this
Interesting. I've never heard of grilling a steak on a woodstove.
Our woodstove is small (we have a small house), so we can only fit a pan
on the sides. I probably wouldn't cook a meal on it unless I had to, but
it's doable if it came to that.
Yep, I bought an LED lantern a few years ago. Still on the original
batteries and going strong, even though we take it camping with us too.
We also have a few of these emergency backup lights plugged in around the
house. They turn on automatically when the power goes out, nice when
you're on the other side of a dark room. They also make nice flashlights
if we need to move about the house or work on something.
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Thankfully, we don't get hurricanes here, and tornadoes are extremely
rare. We did get two wind storms last winter that knocked the power out
twice for 8-9 hours each (trees blew down on the power lines all over the
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