I'm generator shopping. I'm a pellet burner. I'm looking for some back up that is both portable and reliable and cost-effective. I don't need to power my whole house. my stove, my fridge, and a few things is all I need. maybe i'll get a panel someday and put the oil pig on it, but for now, i'll likely just run an extension cord trough a cracked window or something and only use it while i'm in the room. my electric panel is in the front of my house right by my front steps (I have underground power that comes up and in right there) which makes it not an ideal spot to leave a generator in the first place. putting in a sub panel and outdoor hook up is next years project. for this year, it's getting the unit. I had a cheapo HF unit and my stove didn't like it. then I let my brother in law borrow it and it came back non functional. story of my life with lending things..... anyway, i'm getting some tax return money in and I think its about time to get a decent unit. I debated the Honda, the yamaha and even the champion invertor units. after going through all the details, I think i'm going to end up with the tri-carb version of the yammy 2800 from these folks: http://www.yamaha-propane-natural-gas-generators.com/ef2800i.htm I HATE the idea of having to store gas. I am bad with rotating. LP propane is pretty easy to get around here and my wholesale club does refills for $15. and nearly every gas station has a re-fil exchange case out front too. Plus I have 2 already that I rotate in for my grill. ng is not really an option. its not at the street, and buying it just for the genset is kinda dumb IMO. I understand there's some freezing issues involved with the lp if you draw too fast from it, especially in the cold in smaller containers. I'm looking into that (and possibly getting a 500 or 75 lb tank to rectify it or some sort of tri-manifold to hook 3 20lb tanks up to limit each draw speed.) my understanding is that 1 20lb tank = 5 gal of gas. at $3 prices a gallon, its even. gas hasn't been below 3.50 in a long time, so its cheaper to use as well. $1500 is about the most I want to spend. this one is 1650 but has a few extra features that i'm willing to spend a 150 more for. I demand an invertor (don't want regular big boys). I think 2500 watts is enough for me. Do you? I don't need to have everything in an outage.. ac, tvs... none of it matters... I just don't want to lose my food in the summer (have a chest freezer with a lot of meat/hunting/fishing catches/etc) or freeze to death in the winter. any other use of lights, laptop/etc are all bonuses. i'm usually out helping the neighbors/parents/etc in these events anyway and just want to come home to a warm house after i've been out all day in the wet. noise is a big issue. I would like it that no one knows I have it/on. the quieter the better. This ef2800i unit seems to be a good match. I think the 1600 watts of the Honda is too little. and after tri-carbing it, it's at the same price point. the larger Honda is out of my price range. the champion unit still scares me a bit. its half the price, but it doesn't have the warranty or prestige. or the service area. there's a few bike stores that are yam dealers near by should I need to bring it in somewhere. what do you think?