|PretendFarmer said: (quoted from post at 08:40:07 11/12/12) I currently run a 1200 watt generator. When we lost power for a week, it ran my fridge, freezer and most lights in the house. Hot water heater is gas and I heat with a coal stove so, no real need for more power.|
Funny, I have a 5500 W gen and it won't (or I don't let it) handle my whole house at one time. I know, you say you only want a refrigerator @ about 6-800w. (depending on how old it is) and lights, and I know the refriig compressor won't run 100% of the time. Getting a big enough alternator to put out enough for the invertor to operate at close to full capacity sounds like it would buy a generator and a lot of gas. Those 235 amp diesel alternators will cost more than my 5500w did and to get a smaller one to put out enough sounds like it will cost you in parts to set it up. A 1500w invertor is meant to power a small camper at best, or a saw or drill for a short time. Also, if you have ever looked at the output from an invertor on a scope, it's usually not very "clean", so might be hard on your refrigerator.
You can get a 3500W gas generator for around $300-350... sound like a much better way to go. This post was edited by IH fan at 08:58:25 11/12/12 2 times.