I've narrowed down choices on a generator to the 2400 inverter generator with the tri carb from these folks: http://www.yamaha-propane-natural-gas-generators.com/ef2400is.htm it only has 'normal' outlets, not the big heavy duty generator outlet. Rated / Maximum AC Current 16.7 / 20 amps @ 120V I'd like to hook up my pellet stove, fridge, and oil boiler (for hot water mostly), and maybe a few lights/outlets to it, in rotation. maybe a laptop/etc. not looking for full house use--- just enough to manage. since all of these are in various parts of the house, running extension cords is just not a good idea. With them costing $50 + each these days anyway, it's probably cheaper for me to just install a subpanel any way with one cord. But, the electric box is in the front of my house (I have underground power in my area) and I don't really want to keep the generator in the driveway. I'd like to have it in the backyard, which is fenced in and if its as quiet as they say it is, provided I don't 'show off my light' no one will know I have it on from any distance. But that means running a long wire. Either an outside cord around, or pass wires in the (finished) basement from the outside back wall to the front wall. All of the subpanels i'm seeing for generators seem to want the big boy plugs and more amps 30-60. Can I do this with a weaker set? Or, am I going about using a portable invertor wrong like this.... its meant to power a few items locally, and not use a house connector. I've never used a generator before on my house for any period of time so i'm completely new to this all. thoughts?