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Generators running pellet stove

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by rutnstrut, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. rutnstrut

    rutnstrut Member

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    Starting to prepare for approaching storm. I have a summer heat 1500 sq ft pellet stove and was wondering can i utilize a 4000 watt generator on 110v to supply power if the power goes out. If so what additional would you need to prevent power surge

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  2. subsailor

    subsailor Minister of Fire

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    Read the post "Lets Talk Generators"
  3. wilburg

    wilburg Member

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    I ran my stove on my "dirty" powered generator last year for a week last year.. It worked, and I was happy (and warm) when I needed it. However, I am very excited that I picked up a couple inverter generators a coupe days ago... You know what they say.. Right tool for the right job.
  4. wilburg

    wilburg Member

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    Btw... Unplug the stove during the start up and shut down of the genny.. Every time you shut it down!
  5. imacman

    imacman Guest

    Probably want to run the power for the stove through a surge protector, if you have a good quality one.
  6. DirtyDave

    DirtyDave Feeling the Heat

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    inverter generators make the nasty square wave? I know normal generator makes as close to true sine wave as you get with a few spikes when it surges if your overloading it
  7. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    My inverter does pure sine wave.....runs the pellet stove perfectly.
  8. Snowy Rivers

    Snowy Rivers Minister of Fire

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    We ran our Quadrafire on a 1750 Coleman Gen set back in winter 08
    The only noticeble thing was that the fans made a bit of a harmonic noise, and this was due to the fact that the wave form was not as clean as it should be.

    We ran the stove on the Genny for four days and the stove does not seem to be any worse for the wear.

    I ALWAYS plugged the stove in after the gen set was running, buttttttttttt the gen would run out of fuel every two hours and times we would miss the fueling time and the gen would die with the stove running.

    This did not seem to bother things though.


    Snowy
  9. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    we had abt 20 folks fry their boards in the last Halloween storm from the ole square wave generators......wonder how many this go-around?
  10. Countryboymo

    Countryboymo Feeling the Heat

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    Do a test run right now before the weather turns.
  11. richkorn

    richkorn Minister of Fire

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    You have it backwords. Inverter generators like the Honda EU2000i put out a pure 60 cycle sine wave.
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