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Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by wilburg, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. JoeS

    JoeS Feeling the Heat

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    Generac 17Kw whole house running on NG.

    Looks like I'm going to be needing it for a few days if the current storm track plays out!

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  2. Bank

    Bank Feeling the Heat

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    Just fired up the Generac 8000W and my B&S 2K inverter genny. Both ran nice. Don't think we're gonna need it in Maine, but you folks in the mid-Atlantic, well; I wish you the best. Be prepared and don't count on the utilities. I found that out when I moved to Maine from Mass 5 years ago.
  3. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    I wouldn't go that far.

    This isn't gonna be as quiet...

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    as this...

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    Although the first example is probably quieter than a comparable Generac.
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  4. John_M

    John_M Minister of Fire

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    Honda EU6500is generator/inverter. Would not hesitate to purchse same unit again. During power outage it handles well pump, boiler, refrig/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, eletric tea pot, range, computer, television, smoke alarms, light in every room, garage doors, garage lights, basement lights, bath exhaust fans, many outlets, etc.- everything I need for convenient living. Cannot run all appliances at same time but that has never been an issue. Have used inverter about 12 times in last 6 years.

    Inverter connects to a UL certified transfer switch so all is safe and code compliant.

    Best wishes and good luck to all for a safe survival of any upcoming storms.:)
  5. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    I have a couple EU2000i's. Now that warranty is almost up on second unit I plan to add an optional propane fuel capability to them.

    You can still burn gas when needed.

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    I currently use marine tanks for extended run times. Just pick up an extra EU2000i gas cap.

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    I made a little fold up shelter for my EU2000i's when outside in the elements.

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  6. simple.serf

    simple.serf Feeling the Heat

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    I have a Libbey MEP-002 on a m116a2 trailer. A jackhammer in the living room would be quieter. The kicker for me is that it is diesel, will run the whole house including the well pump, and will put out 208 3 ph for one piece of equipment that I have. It requires an electrical and diesel engine background to use and maintain, however, and I chose this unit because I am very familiar with the engine that runs them.

    The Honda is a very well built machine. They are quiet and run forever with proper maintenance. I know of two with over 5000 hrs and no problems. The fuel efficiency is superb as is the dealer network.

    Bite the bullet.
  7. SteveB

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    I have one of them too. It's been a good generator over the last 3 years and you can't beat the price!
  8. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    I've seen some "off-the-grid" users report 12K + hours on their EU2000i's. I thought I remember someone having nearly 15K hours on one as well.
  9. Aquion

    Aquion Burning Hunk

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    My parents just gave me their Honda EMS4000. They bought it back in '84 after Hurricaine Diana left us without power for over a week. It crapped out during Irene last year, so they got a new Briggs & Stratton and sent the Honda to the local dealer. He was able to fix it right up. It needed a part that Honda no longer makes, but he happened to have one in his inventory!
  10. wilburg

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    I currently use marine tanks for extended run times. Just pick up an extra EU2000i gas cap.


    Link?
  11. rutnstrut

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    to run a pellet stove with a generator do you need anything to suppress the surges
  12. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    This should work.
  13. THE ROOSTER

    THE ROOSTER Feeling the Heat

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    I use a Centurion 5000, I have wired the house for the gen and it will run all of my 120V it will also carry my water heater alone. I also have the Harman 512H and (4) 6v golf cart batteries to run the stove and a light while the water is heating.
  14. Treacherous

    Treacherous Minister of Fire

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    Here is a kit to connect three.

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    If you have two of the standard models and no companion you can still connect two together but there is a limit of about 20 AMPs out of an outlet.


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  15. Treacherous

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    I would have no hesitation buying one of the Yamaha's as well. They used to cost more than the Hondas. Not sure if that is still true or not.

    The biggest problem with these types of generators is "theft". They are like cash waving in the wind and hold their value really well.

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  16. Treacherous

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    I like how easy it is to get the fuel out of the EU2000i's carb when you are done with it. There is a screw valve on the carb bowl and a fuel line that runs down inside to the bottom of the generator where you can collect the fuel. A few recoils to empty the fuel pump and you are done.

    One of these makes changing oil in an EU series a lot cleaner.

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    I also opted for a magnetic dipstick. Probably overkill but want to protect them the best I can.

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  17. wilburg

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    You can three of those bad boys up?? Whoa! I ended getting dual Yamahas.. I like how easy it is to drain the carb.. I just turn the switch and shut off the fuel and the generator carbs run out of fuel on their own. ;) I already bought a cable to lock em up!
  18. wilburg

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    I think the magnetic dip stick is a very good idea!
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  19. Treacherous

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    Nice!!

    There is probably still a small amount of fuel in the carb bowl though. ;-) Nothing a little fuel stabilizer wouldn't address though.
  20. wilburg

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    You can't parallel the 2400's, that's another reason why I got the dual 2000's
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    Fuel stabilizer in every 5 gallon container I got
  22. Treacherous

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    You will be plenty pleased with those Yami's!!!

    Here are some extended run caps for your generator as well.
  23. wilburg

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    I got the yamaha's for $1099 each .... $100 more than Amazon, but I bought it from a local family that will also service it.. And they serviced it prior to delivery, and I walked out of the store with them within an hour.. No delivery fee... Can't beat that! I also owed them $140 for service on my broken generator, which they waved...
  24. wilburg

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    How hard is it to set up the fuel lines?
  25. Treacherous

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    Interesting.. I didn't know that.

    Wise Sales used to have a triple kit that they said you could mix and match Honda models. I notice they are no longer saying that. They just say similar models. There must have been issues mixing EU1000/2000/3000 models together.

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