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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Cooper, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Cooper

    Cooper New Member

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    Maybe users have done or thought about this? Could I run a pdvc off a harbour freight 900 watt small generator without damage to control board or functionality!!

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  2. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    If the generator power THD is around 5% you will probably be ok much higher could be bad for sensitive electronics.
  3. Hitch

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    Cooper - You should really do a search on here. There are several fairly long and VERY informative threads on this issue. They usually coincide with a big storm of some sort. Like most things, different people have different views. However, there is a fairly large consensus that you should really try to run your stove on an inverter generator.

    Sometimes I'm a bit disappointed when I see this type of response, but I just don't have the knowledge that others have shared in those threads. Hope this helps.
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  5. MasterMech

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    The manual for that generator specifically advises against using it to run sensitive electronics.
  6. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Then that gens THD is greater then 6% or has voltage swings outside standard grid power.
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    Do not, I repeat, do not bother with a cheap generator. I have owned a few, some are decent, some are utter garbage, but NONE of them have any parts support. So if you have the slightest trouble, outside of the warranty period, you are SOL. I have an All Power sitting in the garage that is junk simply because I can't get parts or service for it. You want an inverter generator? Honda or Yamaha. Anything else and you are rolling the dice. RT
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    I have that same generator. I have a englander pellet stove and have used it to run the stove without a problem. Make sure you have a good surge protector.
  9. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    A surge protector will not correct harmonic distortion on the line. This is from the manual for the Harbor Freight 900 watt model:

    CAUTION: 10. This generator is not intended to power sensitive electronic equipment* without the addition of an appropriate line conditioner and surge protector (both not included). Sensitive electronic equipment should be operated on approved inverter type generators or pure sine wave generators.

    * Sensitive electronic equipment includes, but is not limited to, audio/video equipment, some television sets, computers, and printers.

    The manual does not state the THD or voltage tolerance. Probably well in excess of 10% given the manuals cautionary statement.
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    Northern Tool's brand is Powerhorse and they are well priced and all have less that 5% H.D. and are safe for sensitive electronics
    Honda is probably the best but you pay for it

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