Originally posted by: 308nato
Why not just get a GOOD generator ? Have heat, hot food, television, neffing etc.
Mine is hard wired and converted to run on LP from the main tank. Seems a better return on your investment.
How much gas do those things use? I see estimates around a gallon an hour. An extended outage at that usage would wind up costing us what the stove saves us in energy costs anyway.
That said, we have considered a small generator JUST to run the pellet stove, nothing else. The problem with that is, the generator I did see has a 1 quart tank.
= refills every hour. Not an option. If we did get a generator, it would need to be a) low-output, just for the stove, b) decent sized gas-tank, and c) low-gas usage. The ready-bought UPS would be as a "buffer" to provide time to get a generator going. Otherwise, I'd need to build my own UPS, with a high-capacity lead-acid battery.
Oh, and when I say "extended outage" I mean an outage like last Christmas - 4 days with no electricity. We used a regular wood stove to keep the house both full of heat, and full of smoke - chimney seems to have a nasty, and unsolvable down-draft problem. (No suggestions for this are needed. We already spent well over $600 through the years on various methods that were "sure" to cure the downdraft.)
I do recall reading somewhere that a 200Amp battery should provide backup power for a week. If this is true, that'd be great.