Ice Storm pics in Tennessee 12-07-13

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We recently survived a ice storm that passed thru our area. We where right on the border from moderate to extreme ice. Certain areas of our county lost power due to tree damage falling on the power lines. Here are a few pictures. This is nothing like the storm of February of 1994 which pretty much paralyzed middle Tennessee.
 
  
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I hate that.. Brings back memories when I worked 16 on 8 off during restoration of the powerline network in Nashville back in 94. The tree destruction was massive.
 
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Here's a few from my Gibson County back yard:

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Icicles on the tractor front guard.
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Kinda looks like a June day up here ! ;)

Pretty pics, nature does put on quite the show.

Reading the CNN reporting on the storm, lots of areas are seeing Winter snow/ice accumulation that normally don't.

Stay safe folks..... snow and ice are dangerous, but esp. so if you are not used to those conditions.

Give your generator some TLC, and hope you don't have to use it for real.

Rgds, D.
 
  
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I wonder what size generator it would take to make a gas furnace work? I don't know if the furnace uses 240v or 120v. I 'm aware one needs an isolation relay when you have a genny in circuit. Just curious as to how big a genny one would need to power the fan and electronics. -kid
 
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I wonder what size generator it would take to make a gas furnace work? I don't know if the furnace uses 240v or 120v. I 'm aware one needs an isolation relay when you have a genny in circuit. Just curious as to how big a genny one would need to power the fan and electronics. -kid

If it's just the furnace you want to run during power outages you should be able to run a 110V furnace on a small 2-3KW unit. A 5-7KW would probably run the whole house including fridge/ freezer and lights. I ran my entire house (except A/C) on a 5KW -6250 surge generator for about 3 years whenever power went out. Then I sold it to my neighbor and bought a 10KW that will run my house including A/C if needed in summer.
 
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I wonder what size generator it would take to make a gas furnace work? I don't know if the furnace uses 240v or 120v. I 'm aware one needs an isolation relay when you have a genny in circuit. Just curious as to how big a genny one would need to power the fan and electronics. -kid

There should be a circuit breaker in your panel labeled "Furnace" or something. If you can locate that breaker, you will know if it is 120v (single breaker) or 240v (double breaker), and how many amps.
 
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As rough numbers go, I agree with George.

If you are going down to the the 2kw range, I'd recommend that you beg/borrow/ rent something close to what you are considering, and test it first.

Some of the newer furnaces can get finicky about the supplied power - they can be quick to pull the trigger and deem a voltage dip at blower start-up as a brown-out, and shut down. YMMV.

I bought a 2kw in '98 during our big Ice Storm, and loaned it to my sister. Ran her old-school basic gas furnace just fine. Still have that gen, and it runs well.

Recently, I bought a 7kw Briggs, as I need to support a furnace/well pump/sump pump at minimum. I like that gen, and it's good value for the money. But loud (knew that before buying), so an add-on car muffler is on my project list....

Money no object Home Support: I'd go with a Nat Gas fired automatic start/transfer system at home, no question.

Money no object Portable: Inverter class generator. They provide very clean power, and can provide better watt/per/watt startup performance. First stop Honda, maybe Yamaha.

By that I mean a 3500 watt inverter class generator may handle short-term brown out load conditions better than a a conventional 3500 watt gas generator. As in the furnace example I cited.

The other nice thing with many of the inverter class gens is that they can be easily (1 patch cable) synchronized/paralleled. I'd really like the flexibility of having 2 x 3500 watt generators that can be used separately, but readily paired up to generate 7kw when needed.

The other nice thing with the larger portable generators is electric start is often standard. I find my 7kw fairly easy to pull start, but for some people the electric-start is a Must Have. With a larger gen, make sure it has a good wheel kit.

One source to consider is a well respected local equipment rental. Many of them will rotate their equipment fleet fairly often - if you can put up with a few scratches and dings, you can get a used gen (that probably has seen better than average maintenance) at a good deal.

Rgds, D.
 
  
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Doesn't look too bad, but you've got all you would want there.
Dave, I've got a clamp on amp/volt meter. I may check to see how many watts the furnace pulls. We may in for a rough winter this year. It might be a good investment. Looking at the latest weather report the newest snow/ice forecast may miss us all together this time.
 
 
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