Posted by Stormin Mormon on October 3, 2003, 1:18 pm
I must agree with Ron here. In the april 03 blackout, NYS had an ice storm
that pulled down the wires. First day, I used the stove, and was OK. Had ice
cubes in the freezer. Second day was a bit cold, but the kerosene heater
helped a bit. Third day was a real challenge. Fourth day I took the furnace
wiring apart, and wired in my generator. Best night sleep I'd had all week.
Christopher A. Young
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From experience I can tell you that Day 1 is bearable, Day 2 is a pain, and
by Day 3 you'll wish you had backup. We experienced a five day blackout in
December when we were living in NH. We were on the grid then but had a
well pump, so no water, heat, light or cooking other than a camp stove. We
had two dogs who decided, just before the power went out, to play with a
skunk <ng>. So we couldn't wash them; there was no where to go; we
couldn't leave then in a kennel, etc.
Fortunately, temps were in the low 30's and the house was well insulated.
WE built a fire in the fireplace and used a camp stove. Afterwards we
thought about backup power and got as far as installing a whole house
manual transfer switch, and generator connection in the garage. But we
moved before adding the actual generator.
-- ron (off the grid in Downeast Maine)
Posted by mark Ransley on October 1, 2003, 2:13 am
if you have a gas stove without electronic ignition ,it should be
Posted by Jay Chan on October 1, 2003, 4:00 pm
My gas stove uses electronic ignition. But I would think that this is
OK because I have matches. Worse comes to worse, I have a BBQ grill
and canned food.
Posted by mark Ransley on October 1, 2003, 4:06 pm
Let your neighbor drain you boiler , Do it wrong and loose a boiler. You
worry to much.
Posted by tat-2 on October 1, 2003, 4:12 am
I'm in NE PA about 40 mile N. of Philly.
This is what I have and why.
I own 2 gens. a 7600W coleman with the vantage B&S engine (note: I bought
this when I lived in Chicago subs. (and have used it in many blackouts when
I live in Il.).
I also have a 1850 pulse (coleman) used it for testing and an occasional
I also have 180W of solar panels and about 120Ah of battery reserve, I
busted my "solar" budget on the panels and a quality controller. So I
obtained a 85Ah and bought a 30Ah batter (AGM) in parallel to get my "grid
free" back up.
I need this, (read: cpap for sleep).
I also have a 34Ah (Century backup power pack).
for the absolute emergency.
Total cost for my system is about $500 and growing.
In the 7 yrs I have lived where I do, 1500/7= 215 per yr.
My home owners insurence is $70 per year.
I'd rather rely on my BU system then my HO policy any day!
or about $0 a month.
Please, spend the $0 a month into a system that you can survive! Long after
the price spent is forgoten the sytem will be there!
Most average people waste $0+ per month.
Pack your lunch, eat what is the cheapest per Kcal, but invest in your self.