Building a generator

Christmas eve tradition in this household is barbequed steaks and we haven't eaten raw meat yet after 25 years. Of course our evening temperature rarely gets below 0 deg. F. Gerry :-)} London, Canada

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Gerald Miller
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We had the power go out and we used a propane lantern which gives lots of light and some heat. Also we have a small 2 burner propane stove that we keep in the bathroom closet for just such times as the power going out. It can be assembled in a few minutes and taken apart to store in about the same amount of time. It's still in the original box and isn't 2 inches thick. When it gets cold from the lantern not being able to put out enough heat, we would light 2 burners on the stove for a few minutes to bring up the room temperature. It would be 3 to 4 hours before we would have to restart the burners on the stove.

This year I got a Mr. Heater that has an oxygen depletion sensor on it. So it would turn it's self off if the air started to get bad. I got it at Bimart and is like this one at Northern tool.

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We run it on low most of the time which is 4,000 BTU and the high setting is

9,000 BTU. We live in a double wide manufactured house with 6" insulation all over. It keeps the house warm even when the temperature is 18 degrees F outside.

I had bought 10 gallons of gas for the 5,000 watt 6200 watt surge generator, but when I asked Tammy if she wanted the generator turned on, she said no. If the power had been out longer we would have hooked it up to the well for water. Using a big generator like that one can sure use up 5 gallons of gas in a hurry. My neighbor got a 7500 watt Honda inverter generator and the engine only runs as fast as it needs to for the load. Where mine runs at full speed all the time. I would have used 3 times as much gas as he did, so I was really glad not to start the generator. I really need to get a smaller one for small loads to save on fuel costs.

I live out in the country where there isn't to much chance of my generator being stolen. But I do have a logging chain and a big lock handy.

Richard W.

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Richard W.

All that gets you is a cut logging chain, or no logging chain at all (cut and taken with generator) if the thieves show up. Since they don't buy stuff, money is no object when it comes to having the tools to steal other tools, ya know?

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That's true, but it will slow them down enough that I have some time to do something about it. One guy thought he ran out of gas on his generator and went to his back yard to fill it. Only to see 2 guys jumping off the back fence and running off with his generator.

Richard W.

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Richard W.

sounds like perfect shotgun targets...doubles.



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Gunner Asch

There ARE a lot of PTO generators out there; they must work.

The RCM question would be: how do you build a geartrain to use such?

I've seen a car differential used in reverse -- I don't recall if they'd welded the other side down, or somehow locked up the spider within.....

From there, you could use pulleys and belts.

It's not hard to add low oil and high temp shutdowns to something as simple as an 8N. A cruisecontrol would be a little harder but not rocket science. Real hightech would be a frequency monitor that ran the throttle....

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David Lesher

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