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Posted by Jim on December 10, 2012, 1:04 am

I think the State of Alaska is footing much of the electric bill, not
sure, but I think she said heating oil is almost $ per gallon, but
may have heard it wrong.  She said it's better for them to use the
two elecric heaters than the oil furnace, which is working now, but it
requires some electricity too, I know nothing about them but will try
to get more details when things settle down up there.  DOwn here all
heat runs on Natural Gas.

These are all great ideas to consider.  I wishi I was up there I could
have them straightened out in a few days, we have two generators down
here, just got another old Onan and am working on getting it up to
snuff and converting it to  natural gas.
We also have a Honda Inverter generator that is just great, but only 3
kw.  It kept us going during Isaac, running on Natural Gas.  We had
nothing during Katrina and it was very bad for weeks, not a drop of
gasoline or diesel to be had.

I don't think they have a well pump to run, that would be a different
ballgame, but will check it out.


Posted by Bruce Gordon on December 10, 2012, 8:18 pm

Depends on what TYPE of Oil furnace she is dealing with... If it is a
Forced Air then there will be two motors to run. One on the burner and
one to circulate the Air. Usually both are in the 1 HP or smaller Range.
that would be less than 2 KW. A 3Kw Honda Inverter or even a Straight
Genset would do just fine. If it were "Me" I would be looking for an
Onan MDJA or DJA 3KW Genset for her. The MDJA is Water Cooled, and
mounting a Radiator, connected to it's Cooling System, inside the
insulated Cabin, with an electric Fan, allows her to use the Cooling
System Heat to supplement the Oil Furnace heat, instead of just blowing
it out in the cold air. If a DJA could be found, it would certainly be
effective enough to keep her toasty during any Power Outages....
I have two MDJAs, and a DJA that I can use for Backup Power should that
be required, here at my place.

Bruce in Alaska   add path before the @ for email

Posted by (PeteCresswell) on December 9, 2012, 10:07 pm
 Per Jim:

How about buying a "Kill-A-Watt" electric meter for them:
http://tinyurl.com/bhs96qs  ?

Then they could get some actual numbers.

With luck, I'll never set foot in anyplace as cold as Alaska.

But if I ever do I'd want some non-technological backup in
addition to a generator.   Whether it's a two-wall tent like the
Siberian natives use, or some sort of wood-burning device...

Generator-wise, somebody else drew the distinction between
"Lifeboat" and "Cruise Ship".

I went with "Lifeboat" figuring that if the outage were short, I
can live with the minimalism... and if it were long I'd probably
appreciate not having to hunt for gas as much.

Pete Cresswell

Posted by Jim Wilkins on December 9, 2012, 10:44 pm
The oil furnaces and circulation pumps we had when I was young were
hard-wired, like the water heater.

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