Yup,The ice storm is starting to get the best of me! We have lost power 3 times in the last 48 hours and i have used 15 gallons of gas in the generater!I'm starting to wish i had automatic switchgear.Tired Bud.
Our weather has been crazy. First of last week, it was cold enough for long sleeves, then it was in the low 80's for the weekend. At 5 am yesterday, it was 70. When I left work just after noon, it was 78. When I got home (70 mile, 1-1/2 hour one way), it was 58. Drove through a front, I guess. That would explain all the rain. It's 39 right now and probably colder before daybreak.
37 here in Panama City and we're right on the water !!!
Tired Bud...yep, I was like you and finally "bit the bullet" and got me a nice little Generac Core Power model that they finally came out with a couple of years ago. This was to provide affordable automatic standby power to those who don't need tons of electric. It is only 7KW, but it powers 80% of my house just the same. Got it primarily for the sump pumps that always get a workout here when it rains even moderately. What a relief this thing is. Power goes out, and in 8 seconds, I have power again! About $1800, you can install yourself in about 6 hours. Get one!
It got a bit nippy last night. -8 here in southern WI. That's ok, because we're suppose to get to 15 sometime today.
Some idiot hit a pole at 2.30 am yesterday,we were out of power for 12 hours.
20 bucks worth of non ethenal gas thru the Miller Bobcat welder-generator.
It's been in the 80's here.
Tim,We have a Coleman 7,000 surge 6500 continuous with a 13 hp Honda engine with 14 years service! The 1800 part of which is the automatic switch gear might be a problem? I feed 220 from my pole barn but my main is in the garage.Automatic would be great but this time i would like 10,000 continuous maybe but a Honda engine.We have a 3,000 Honda that we use camping it's first use was in a outage lent to a friend.I know 10,000 sound's l;ike a lot of power but the only gas/nat/propane is from the old fart.Power is on but?? Bud.
Thanks Richard...RUB IT IN!!!!
Kenneth....depending on how many hours of actual running are on your Coleman from that many years, you may really be wanting to consider a replacement/upgrade. Those gens. are only good for so long. Unfortunately. I agree 10K would be nice, everyone has to assess their needs, and in some cases the fuel consumption. We don't have nat. gas out here (unless I eat beans, roast beef, tacos, etc.) so I use LP, and can only get a 120 gal. tank, rest of house is all electric. My gen. uses about 1.5 gph which will give me a bit over two days running nonstop in a severe situation. Then I have to hope the LP truck can get out here. I still have my gasoline 7.5KW electric start generator just in case, with lots of gasoline that I really don't like keeping around. But I dont like sitting in the dark and being cold either.
This little Core Power unit will give you some 220 to your barn. I chose not to power my barn in favor of having my well pump! I need my daily shower!
Sorry about that. When I got my divorce 10 yrs. ago and had to move to our second house in Florida, I don't know which was the best, the divorce or having to move to Florida.
80's? I had 29 below zero at 5:30 this morning here in central MN.
Lonnie, I think you win.
Off the grid since Fri night / sat morning. Might be on this sat. Generator is getting expensive but heat and water work. North of Bud. Trees and limbs down and falling ice. Would not trade it--just walked the house dog and watched 3 deer in the field. Lots of split firewood and if not for workThursday wouldn't leave home.
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Tim..you have my sympathy. Saw on the news tonight of a terrible ice storm somewhere in Michigan, might have been your neighborhood for all I know. Didn't catch the whole story. I would trade it though for Rich Wolf's "problems" with the heat any day!! Glad you are at least warm.
Hey, I love your firetruck in your profile. Do you know what apparatus make it is? Buffalo, Pirsch, A.L.? I have a '25 TT Pirsch that I'm slowly finishing the resto on. They sure are neat. Hope to have it in parade(s) by mid summer.
Tim W. - Tell us about your '25 TT Pirsch.
I'm in Kenosha where they were made. My Brother worked there in the 70's doing drafting & engineering. My Dad was the Kenosha Fire Dept. Chief from '62 to '72, and the Kenosha Fire Dept. was like a showroom for Pirsch. Pirsch has been closed since about 1990, but the building still stands. In the Kenosha History Center we have a '34 Dodge chassis with a Pirsch body & pump. Nice truck, but I'd rather have a TT/Pirsch.
Just grateful for a wood stove and a full wood box.
Keith...rather than rattle on here, I'll PM you, plus almost all the pics I do have of "him"..oh yes, I name 'em all!!....are too large to post.