Harbour freight Generator

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

  1. Cooper

    Cooper
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    2
    Loc:
    Wilmington,Ma
    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!!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    199
    Loc:
    SW MA
    If the generator power THD is around 5% you will probably be ok much higher could be bad for sensitive electronics.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. Hitch

    Hitch
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    10
    Loc:
    S.E. Pennsylvania
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  4. DexterDay

    DexterDay
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

  5. MasterMech

    MasterMech
    Expand Collapse
    Guest

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

    Mr. Spock
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    199
    Loc:
    SW MA
    Then that gens THD is greater then 6% or has voltage swings outside standard grid power.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. rwthomas1

    rwthomas1
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2011
    Messages:
    163
    Likes Received:
    22
    Loc:
    Wakefield, RI
    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
     
  8. jim3854

    jim3854
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    12
    Loc:
    Rhode island
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    199
    Loc:
    SW MA
    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.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. bbone

    bbone
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2011
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    9
    Loc:
    Buchanan, New York
    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
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

Share This Page