Exactly 20 years ago this year we in New England experienced Hurricane
Gloria. There was extensive damage and we were without power for 10
days. Many others for far longer. 'nuff said.
After the hurricane passed I then purchased a new generator. Doing
the calculations previously suggested I purchased a Honda 6500 Wat
electric start 120/220V two cylinder water cooled unit. It has
served me well with very little maintenance and I have it wired
feeding 220V to my main through a transfer switch.
My point is and like others have stated - you get what you pay for
and if you want piece of mind, be willing to spend the mone for it. I
am happy I did and it will probably go for at least another 20 years.
Whatever you decide, please also give thought to how to store gasoline,
A couple years ago, I got out my Northern Tools catalog, and ran some
numbers. A galon of gasoline provides about 2,000 watts for one hour. So,
please figure a few galons of gasoline.
I've got a 2200 watt Coleman, which works nicely for me. Weighs about 75
pounds, so I can lift it without needing hernia repair. A 5,000 watt Coleman
is more like 125 pounds. Will you use it at one location, or are you going
on the road to run appliances for your relatives, and friends?
In my case, I did use the generator on the road a couple times. Once for my
parents refrigerator. Once for a friend's furnace, during the ice storm.
Will be used at my location only. I have a storage shed some distance
from the house where gas will be stored. My house has been wired for
emergency power by the builder. I have not checked the wiring and
probably won't use that option. It's pretty old and could cause a fire.
Thanks for the info. Chuck
For what it's worth to anyone considering a generator, my real-world
experience has been on two 5500 watt generator units of different brand
names with 10 hp Briggs and Stratton engines running fairly loaded, that
you're gonna be looking at 5-7gallons of gas and/or a pint of oil per unit,
every 8 hours or so. That's when they run out of fuel, or the low-oil switch
shuts them down. This is why these engines have a low oil switch. This is
from running the two units simultaneously for 24 hrs a day, 9 days straight
back in '99 during the floods and power outages here in NC from Hurricane
Floyd. Had to drive 35 miles for gas during part of the outages. Recoil
covers self-destruct from vibration on these engines. Have a spare. Bolts
shake out, or the covers crack, or the recoils won't catch on restart.
Recoil balls stick to outside edge of catch-clutch, then it won't grab hold.
I re-enforced the mounting holes on my covers by brazing washers over the
mounting holes. Gas fittings into the tank will leak over time. It's just a
grommet on some models. Mother-in law lives in my backyard, so I have to
keep her going also. I've been thinking about a 10,000 watt unit for my 35
hp diesel tractor PTO. The diesel would store better and be a little safer,
and a hell of a lot quieter. Anyone have any experience with these?
If you will need it for extended periods Dual or Tri fuel are avalaible
from Northern Tool and soon Honda. www.propane-generators.com has alot
to offer in conversions and units for sale. Safer, and no gas station to
Hernia repair is not bad these days,at least until you get the bills. 8-)
Man,I could not believe all the different people who had a bill for my
Then there were the HMO people and their paperwork;killer!
A pox on them!
I was without power for more than a month without after Ivan.
I had a small Honda 3000, rated to go 3500W for a couple hours or 3000
It would run all my ceiling fans and lights, and plug ins for lamps,
tv's etc. Forget the curling irons, but you could turn on lights when
you entered the rooms.
It would also run three appliances but you had to pick which 3.
5,000 B tu/hr window shaker, fridge, small george foreman grill (700W),
toaster, microwave, coffe maker, washing machine, bottled water cooler.
Obviously appliances using electric heat, draw a lot of power. Smaller
gens like a 2000 or a 2500 will be straining to run a coffe maker.
Maybe unplug the fridge when you are washing clothes, or when you are
It would run 24 hours less refuelling time on about 5 US gallons of
After power was restored, we still had frequent power failures ranging
from 4 to 6 hours in length. By this time with the water cooler,
fridge, freezer, and small AC going I was popping the main breaker on
the gen. Had to go back to 3 appliances.
Change the oil like they say in the manuals, the 3000 was every 100
hours. A neighbour had a 2500 and it was every 25 hours od run time.
Saw a lot of people run gens into the ground quickly due to no
Price wise and quality wise Coleman was at the bottom of the totem
pole. Honda was at the top.
Chuck B. wrote:
Yes, it is a good idea to stock up on oil, however I was able to buy
oil during the hurricane's after math.
If you are asking me Stormin
"It would run 24 hours less refuelling time on about 5 US gallons of
That would work out to about 14.4 kWh/gallon in my situation.
There was a panic for fuel as it took time for gas stations to re-open
after the storm. Not easy to store bulk gasoline at a typical
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