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Posted by danny burstein on November 6, 2012, 3:47 am
 
The recent and continuing problems from Sandra highlighted
one big problem with the ubiquitous small gasoline
generators we know and love, namely the availibilty of fuel.

- I delivered a 6 kw Honda to a business in NYC last week,
along with three 5 gal gasoline containers. (It gave them
enough power to do basic functions).

Fortunately they got power restored after just using
one of the gas cans, but if they'd have run through the
rest, it would have been very difficult to get more.

Diesel fuel, on the other hand, was both more readily
available from both the (few open) gas stations, and
also... could have been pulled from their heating
oil tank. (#2 heating fuel is, for the short term
at least, cross compatable with diesel).

Honda doesn't have anything in a diesel line. Any suggestions
from our readership?

Size should be about 5 kw. Inverter tech a big plus
but not critical.

Thanks


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Posted by Jim Rojas on November 6, 2012, 5:16 am
 
danny burstein wrote:

I live in Florida. I own 2 of these. They are really quiet and durable.

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200581000_200581000

During our last power outage 5 years ago, I ran each one 12 hours per
day for 2 weeks. I ran one 12 hours during the day, the other at 12
hours at night. I used a total of about 5 gallons per day because I did
not overload them. I had two 55 gallon fuel drums of diesel on hand. I
didn't even get to use the 2nd 55 gallon drum at all.

Jim Rojas


Posted by danny burstein on November 6, 2012, 5:20 am
 
Thanks. Specs look good. How bad is the noise level?

(no stores nearby, but I might be makign a trip near one...)

Also, does the unit slow down (and get quieter...) with
lower loads?
Thanks again.

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Posted by Jim Rojas on November 6, 2012, 6:57 am
 danny burstein wrote:

Specs say 65db. It is quieter than your gas unit.


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Posted by Ecnerwal on November 6, 2012, 2:00 pm
 

Northern Lights 1800 RPM - I bought a used marine unit and plumb it into
the heating system for co-generation (with a means to dump heat if
needed, but it's often cold when the power is out here, and hot water is
always nice to have.) Not particularly cheap, but reliable and parts can
be found. I have an 8KW, they make a 6KW.

Not inverter.

There's plenty of China stuff available, but long-term parts support may
be lacking. You may or may not care about that, but if you have a cheesy
unit and it dies when you need it, it's not exactly saving you money -
or at least that was my thought process.

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