The smallest genset I installed in homes was the 8kw Generac with the
B&S Vanguard V twin which was a pretty good engine except for the oil
pressure switches which would go bad. The last Generac I installed was
one with the newer Generac manufactured V twin which is a beast and I
think it was a 3,600rpm 10kw and it ran great, it's not a lawnmower
engine but an industrial engine. Someone even took one of the new
Generac V twin engines and installed it in a motorcycle frame. Generac
has a 7kw automatic propane/NG unit that's an excellent genset. What is
good about that unit is the fact that it runs at 1800rpm instead of
3600rpm like gensets that size. This increases the life expectancy and
produces less noise than the 3600rpm screamers. I really recommend a
professional installation with a service contract that gets you at least
an annual oil change and full checkup for any generator you decide to
I think that you'd appreciate the natural gas
connection. Must be nice to have a constant
energy supply without the trips to queue up
at the gas station. That is, if you can find
a gas station that has power, gasoline, and
is in operation.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 7:06:11 AM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:
We don't have natural gas so I've been running a 5,500 Watt gasoline powered generator for outages. I've been thinking of getting one with a diesel powered one that I could run off the home fuel oil tank.
I've had friends with electric heat. Yes,
it gets cold, and fast. I think it's a good
idea to have something that burns propane
(camp stove, or infrared heater) and a bunch
Typically, the gas stays on. Most furnace need
power to open the gas valve and run the blower.
Burners on the top of a gas range usually work,
might have to light em with a match.
I have a wall heater and a gas stove. The central heat was damaged by
the combustion chamber rusting out and the controls burning up. The
central AC is working but I installed the natural gas wall mounted
heater and have another identical one that I'd have to repair because it
was originally installed and a goofy roommate broke the control and now
the grill is missing. Two heaters would be enough to heat this old house
which originally had a floor furnace. The wall heater is in one side of
the house and the gas stove is in the other. I set the oven to low and
leave the oven door open about 4 inches but can open it wider if more
heat is needed. The oven thermostat cuts it on and off just like the
wall heater. I also have a 5 gallon stock pot full of water on one
burner set to very low to add humidity to the air. I have three electric
heaters to average out the temperatures. Heck, the four desktop
computers running add heat to the air. When the temperature dropped down
to 7°F, the house was comfortable and no pipes froze, temperatures that
low are unusual for Alabamastan. Snow paralyzes the area and now we have
an ice storm hitting North of here and it's expected to descend upon
Birmingham tomorrow. ^_^
Having been through several here in Oklahoma I can say that
a good ice storm is nothing to sneeze at. It can pay big
time to be prepared. Bad enough to be stuck at home with no
power, being stuck at work or on the road is really the pits.
A friend from South Carolina sent me his
local forecast. Snow, sleet. Sounds rough.
.WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THURSDAY. .WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 6 PM EST THIS EVENING. *
LOCATIONS.NORTHEAST GA & UPSTATE SO. CAROLINA. * HAZARDS.HEAVY
SNOW.POSSIBLY MIXED WITH SLEET AT TIMES. * TIMING.MAINLY PATCHY LIGHT
SNOW WILL IMPACT THE REGION THIS EVENING. THE PRECIPITATION WILL BECOME
HEAVIER TOWARD DAYBREAK & LAST THROUGH MUCH OF WED NIGHT BEFORE TAPERING
OFF THUR MORNING. MAINLY SNOW IS EXPECTED.BUT WITH SLEET MIXING IN AT
TIMES.ESPECIALLY AT LOCATIONS SE OF INTERSTATE 85. THE SNOW WILL END
FROM THE WEST THURSDAY MORNING. * ACCUMULATIONS.SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 8
TO 12 INCHES.ALONG WITH AROUND A TRACE OF ICE. * IMPACTS.THE COMBINATION
OF HEAVY SNOW & OCCASIONAL SLEET WILL MAKE TRAVEL TREACHEROUS. THE
ACCUMULATIONS MAY ALSO CREATE NUMEROUS POWER OUTAGES.ESPECIALLY LATE
WEDNESDAY THROUGH THUR MORNING. * TEMPS.IN THE MID 30S.
I keep expecting to be asked for my bank
account number so he can transfer L24,000,000.
Guy I used to work with was stationed North of the Arctic Circle -
somewhere in Greenland, IIRC.
They lived in these long Quonset huts placed side-by-side with maybe 50
feet between them.
During storms, when winds were heaven-only-knows how strong and it was
seriously below zero everybody was supposed to stay in their hut and not
go outside under any circumstances.
But the macho thing to do was exit the hut on, say, the North end; run
for the adjacent hut while the wind blew you South, and make it in to
the lee of the other hut at it's South end where they could enter the
He said that every so often some guy would go out the North end... and
never be seen again.
At USCG LorSta Port Clarence AK our runway was about a 1/2 mile from the
main buildings. There was a paved road from the station to the runway.
Normally, when a bush pilot was coming to the station, they'd radio ahead
and we'd send a truck out to the runway to get them or whatever they were
delivering. There was a standard operating procedure for incoming aircraft,
with landing logs, proper communication protocols, strobe lights on the
One afternoon, during a really bad storm - white out conditions, comms
down, wind buffeting the station, etc. - the front door flies open and in
walks one of the regular bush pilots and 3 Eskimos from the village about
15 miles across Port Clarence Bay. We were surprised to see them walk in
unannounced and the duty officer was pissed that he wasn't notified by the
radio room about the incoming aircraft. We were even more surprised to see
their plane parked about 20 feet from the front door.
Turned out they were headed to the village from Nome but the conditions
were so bad that the pilot figured our runway was better than the beach he
had to land on in the village. He had tried radioing in but couldn't get
through. He saw a break in the storm, dropped it onto the runway and
taxi'ed up the road to the station. "Aw heck, I didn't want to make you
guys come out in this nasty weather."
They stayed for lunch, played a little poker until the storm passed and
then headed on home. The duty officer "formally" (but with a smile on his
face) requested that he not park his plane in front of the station next
I can't speak for Alaska, but if anyone ever visits Northern Canada,
keep in mind that the locals indigenous people don't like to be called
"Eskimos". In their view, that's the white man's label that's been put
on them. To them, it's a bit like calling people from the southern USA
states "red necks".
Indigenous people prefer to be called "Inuit", which means "the people"
in their native language.
Also, people should be aware that there are different Inuit groups in
the north with significantly different cultures. The Inuit that live in
the many islands in our far north live mostly by fishing in summer and
hunting seal in winter. The Inuit that live in the western part of our
far north live by hunting caribou, which still migrate north and south
every year in large heards.
Many Inuit also supplement their incomes by selling soapstone carvings
to art galleries in the southern part of our country that sell them to
Canadians dumb enough to pay $3000 for something it took an Inuit 45
minutes to make.
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