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What keeps your pellet stove going during a power outage?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by JohnRXL, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. JohnRXL

    JohnRXL New Member

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    I had a battery back up for my Englander 25PDV, but when I tested it out it didn't work worth a darn, crapped out right away lights started flashing and it started beeping at me so I had to unplug it. I just use it now for a surge protector while I figure out what I'm going to get. The internal battery is good it just wasn't capable of keeping the stove running.
    Now I'm on the lookout for something bigger or maybe one of those sump pump back ups. What do you have and how long will it run the stove for if your power goes out?

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  2. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    I have a genny but prefer to use that for the telly and lights. I just fire the backup wood eater. If the house gets chilly. I will fire the pellet eater to use the fan to circulate the air for a bit. Working on a UPS that will handle the stoves shutdown when we aren't home. I have had some smoke smell from an abrupt shutdown from a power outage.
  3. MikeinRI

    MikeinRI New Member

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    A good inverter, 1 or more deep cycle batteries or hook the inverter up to the vehicle. Cars can idle fine for hours if needed.
  4. ChandlerR

    ChandlerR Minister of Fire

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    My motorhomes genny takes care of the whole house. It's quiet and I have a weeks worth of fuel in the tank. Because I get water in the basement, a generator is a must!
  5. The Radiator

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    We lost power for about 8.5 hours one day last week. I have a yamaha inverter generator that I hooked up to my main panel thru a main panel interlock. I ran my pellet stove, refrigerator, freezer, etc. I was happy to find out everything worked good. It was the first run of extended time with this generator. If you loose power often it is something to look into.
  6. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    I have a pure sine wave champion generator and an APC 750 Ups. I also stock 50 gallons of gas. The Ups is plugged in to a surge protector and the stove is plugged into the ups. I also ran a dedicated circuit for my stove from my panel. Lost power for 8 hours and didnt miss a beat. The ups kept the stove running until I could start the generator. My Harmon is suppose to know when it is on battery back up and go into shut down after a period of time but never tested it (To cold out) when it warms up I am going to test to see if it shuts down incase I am not home when the power goes out.
  7. IHATEPROPANE

    IHATEPROPANE Minister of Fire

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    See my sig......UPS lasts for roughly 45 minutes...plenty of time to shut down or get the Benny going....as long as I am home...UPS works perfectly....make sure it is a pure sine wave
  8. Augmister

    Augmister Minister of Fire

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    I have a gas generator and am looking into something that is not dependent on gas or propane. Thinking and planning some solar panels, some deep cell batteries and an inverter for a more lengthy solution to a major grid failure. Gas is only good if it is fresh and the gas station has electricity for its pumps. Storing solution for a large quantity of gasoline is not an option. Grid goes down for months during the winter, you're screwed.

    Anyone have a small solar array with some deep cell batteries as I have described?
  9. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Which model do you have?? I'm looking to get one, like Chandler R I get water in the basement with the 3" + storms.
    Thanks.
  10. Hoot23

    Hoot23 Minister of Fire

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    Generator works great. Last time we lost power the house filled with smoke.
  11. The Radiator

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    Will, it's a 6300 isde. I picked it up on ebay after all the storms we had last year. New it's expensive, I payed about half. Looked at CL and ebay for a long time. The inverter generators are so much quieter.
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  12. CT Pellet

    CT Pellet Minister of Fire

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    Generator. Runs the whole house. It's nice to have, and if you ever feel like you don't have enough friends, just get a generator and wait for the power to go out. Then you are suddenly everyone's best friend. Best part of losing power for days and days is I get to have my in-laws staying with us until the power comes back on. It's awesome
  13. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I bet! !!!
  14. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks appreciate the info they are $$ but I don't think I'll need one that big . Lived here for 22 yrs. longest with out power 24 hrs. + -. Just want to be able to have tv ,internet,run pumps if water was an issue that's my big concern. Have the wood burner for heat & propane for cooking. I do like the Yamaha's quiet is good:)

    Thanks again

    Will
  15. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    I'm sure the Beer consumption increases :) and I'm not talking about sharing either;)
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  16. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    Nope, I'd be guzzlin too! I am blessed, My in-laws are in Florida!
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  17. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Third pic down:
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/show-off-your-stove.102613/page-3#post-1322952

    My setup is capable or running the stove for 5 days without sun. Could add days by setting temp lower and lighting manually. Could also allow the bank to discharge more then 50 percent last resort.

    To the orginal op's question. A lot of good advice given, many ways to skin the proverbial cat. Personally I like having more than one option. I have gen, before that a small 800w inverter (car hookup) and now the solar. My solar setup will run small apliances, lights, water pump etc. but my gen can run the whole house. So it depends on what you want to accomplish and how "lean" you're willing to run off grid. Each solution will have its pro's and con's.
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  18. glenc0322

    glenc0322 Minister of Fire

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    When the power went out here from Irene I brought a generator to my inlaws so they wold not come here
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  19. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    That right there is just like showing off even. Are you related to dex? :p
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  20. Woody1911a1

    Woody1911a1 Feeling the Heat

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    perfect , i had to keep my jaws clenched to keep from covering my keyboard and monitor beer free :)
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  21. Mr. Spock

    Mr. Spock Minister of Fire

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    Lol. Do I win the best toy award? Had nor eastern that knocked the power out for a week. Then a tornado for several more days of no grid. Learned real quick how dependent I was on those electrons.
  22. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    We're always guzzlin;) No in-laws close to me either :)
  23. jtakeman

    jtakeman Minister of Fire

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    In my book, Yep hands down! Way cool. Don't let my wife see dat!
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  24. DneprDave

    DneprDave Feeling the Heat

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    I have a 12 KW diesel generator and 1350 gallons of diesel fuel. When the power goes out, nothing changes but the sound of the diesel in the background.

    Dave
  25. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    You are prepared well done!:cool:

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