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When purchasing a whole house portable generator, the following are some key features to look for based on trying to run an average sized house during a power outage including heat, water pump, lights, appliances, etc.  8000 watt rated output; 10,000 watt peek surge output; electric key start with included battery; automatic voltage regulator which maintains a constant voltage level; backup pull start mechanism; heavy duty steel frame; 11 hour run time at half load and a low oil shutoff system.

Other important features to look for are an all steel 8 gallon fuel tank; low noise rating of around 78 dba; 4 fully protected standard 110v outlets; 1 twist lock outlet 240V 30 amp; 1 twist lock outlet 120V 30 amp; 1 DC outlet 12V 8.3 amp; durable wheel and handle kit; reasonable weight around 241 pounds and reasonable dimensions such as 27.75″ x 22″.

Make sure a licensed electrician wires your panel box correctly so the long power cord from the generator can be plugged into an exterior transfer outlet box after the main circuit breaker has been switched off and the reserve generator breaker has been switched on.  Refer to your specific generators instruction manual for safe and proper operating procedures.

Most generators do not come with a power cord so that will need to be purchased seperately.  A 25 foot power cord is generally a good length.  Make sure you also have a sufficient quantity of safely stored gasoline with stabil added to run your generator when needed.  So what generator do I use to get me through extended power outages?  My selection is the Allpower portable generator.

You can get a free preview of my first three post apocalyptic fiction books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution.

Firewood is an important backup heating source for your fireplace and or woodstove if your primary heat source is not available or if you are looking to conserve generator use during an emergency situation.  The following are some important things to know about firewood.

  • Wood is usually purchased in cords which is = to the following.  A cord is 128 cubic feet of wood when stacked which is 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet.
  • Split wood can be stacked more tightly than unsplit round wood.
  • Wood when first cut is considered green since it has all of its sap and can limit the amount of heat which is put out, plus leads to creosote build up in your chimney.
  • Green wood becomes seasoned wood after sitting for a year.  Seasoned wood is dried out and is much better for burning and produces more heat.
  • Most people keep their cords of wood stacked outside but to save trips out to the woodpile, keep a sufficient quantity also stored in a cool dry place such as against a dry concrete wall in an unfinished basement.
  • BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and refers to the amount of heat a given type of wood provides.  The higher the BTU rating is the better the wood will burn.