My stove uses 300 watts when igniting, and around 100 watts when running. The blower is what uses the most electricity when it's running, theIt looks like my new pellet boiler uses around 1300 watts or so when starting up (igniting). Is that similar to a pellet stove? No option for me to start up without electric ignition, I believe. Not much required once lit though. I'll have to use the juice from the Honda 2000i carefully when the boiler is igniting.
Okay, I must be doing something wrong! I've only changed the synthetic oil and filter on my standby propane GE wholehouse generator, annually. Changed the plugs and air filter once too. Anyhow, I've had the unit several years now with no issues whatsoever. Maintenance has been totally minimal.I mean... it uses only a third of a gallon of fuel @ full load. How great is that? My father laughed at me when I was talking to him about power backup. He has some large Kohler whole-home propane unit. Propane is a proor backup method because it absolutely chews through fuel (ie... efficiency is poor compared to other fuel sources) and it requires much higher overall maintenance to keep right. Guess whose generator currently needs to be serviced??
Ethanol-free fuel is hard to find in our area, so I've stopped worrying about it. I just fill up in November-December before a big storm, put regular (red) Stabil in immediately, and have yet to have a problem from gas stored at least 8-9 months. I keep about 38 gallons in storage plus 9 in the gen, as we can lose power for a week here (usually the last folks restored due to location on a small branch of the grid). So if we regain power right after I have replenished that supply, I can have a lot of gas on hand for months.How long does the ethanol free fuel last?
Often the local airport will have ethanol free gas thats about the only place you can find it around me usually higher octane. Its a big stink about nothing in my opinion. Ive never had a problem with ethanol gas and have left it in some yard tools and my boat for years and they still ran. I usually run the carb dry though which I think makes a big difference.Ethanol-free fuel is hard to find in our area, so I've stopped worrying about it. I just fill up in November-December before a big storm, put regular (red) Stabil in immediately, and have yet to have a problem from gas stored at least 8-9 months. I keep about 38 gallons in storage plus 9 in the gen, as we can lose power for a week here (usually the last folks restored due to location on a small branch of the grid). So if we regain power right after I have replenished that supply, I can have a lot of gas on hand for months.
We had our last outage in Feb as I recall, so the gas in the gen has been in there since then, and it still starts up on first crank with the monthly test. I also use leftover gas in various small engines from chainsaw to weed whacker to blower to riding mower, with zero problems all summer and into fall if we have few summer outages. I finally got rid of the last of this winter's gas this week, in our cars - with zero issues. Stabil is great stuff!
This is the thought process that led me to buying my Yamaha! Very happy with it and it meets my needs just fine.I think i can add quite a bit to this conversation. I went through this when we had that October snowstorm and lost power for 7 days. I had no generator at the time, but did need power for my insert. i had a small inverter (200w) i could run off my car. it kept us warm, but couldnt run a fridge and we lost our food. I hated running the car at idle for a long time. In the cold moisture seemed to build up in the exhaust and idling the car for a long time is just overall not a good idea. In an emergency great, but not recommended.
I wanted a cheap solution to run the fridge and stove. After seeing my coworkers burn through $70 worth of gas a day on large generators, i just wanted something fuel efficient for those extended emergencies. Dont get me wrong, a large generator would be nice, but its just me my wife and the dog and we can get my without all of the luxuries a whole house gen would bring.
Anyhow to get to the OP's question. I bought a Honda EU2000, awesome generator. Dont skimp here, you can get them for a few hundred bucks more than the competition and its worth it. One thought about those cheap harbor freights, they are just that. That was my first solution after the power outage. I figured for $100 bucks why not. After about 7 hours of use, it wouldn't produce electricity anymore. Engine ran, but no juice. Called it a loss, moved on and bought a honda.
I have a Honda eu2000 that I have owned for 10 years. I use it for powering electric chain saws as well as power when we are camping. It has been used for charging batteries on my boat as well as running a corn stove. I use 10-30 Mobile one oil in it as well as adding Sea-Foam to the ethynol gas. I try to run it at least every other month if possible. I guess I am sold on Honda products as I have 4 small engines and have had no problem with any of them.Do you use the generator for other stuff?