Johnshan wrote:You guys need to say if your using coal trol or not with your generator, that makes all the difference.
Furthermore, my generator is a "cheap" model with a subaru engine it produces a sine wave as I posted earlier.
Also, I make my living as a MASTER ELECTRICIAN, so trust me when I say my generator is fine and has had no problems running ANYTHING I ever hooked up to it, except this Coal Trol driven LL stove.
I have a Masters or Electrical Engineering degree and 30+ years experience.
If your generator (with other loads connected) is supplying clean nominal voltage during operation (as observed at the stove's power cord) WITH all other loads you have connected at the same time, it is impossible for the Coal Trol to know or behave as if it isn't on mains! The source power is identical. I suspect you have another load degrading the output of your generator or are using a too light a gauge wire or too long a power cord to connect your loads. Did you wire in a change over switch box or just string power cords?
How many of your other devices that "work" have electronic variable speed controls?
Too lightweight or too long a cord from the generator can cause dramatic power condition changes at the loads. It's also a common situation with generators outdoors as required.
Again, if you supply the stove with a clean sine wave nominal voltage power supply AT THE STOVES power cord, it will behave exactly as if on mains.
Did you actually monitor (with an oscilloscope, they don't lie) the power at the stove WHEN all other loads are also running or starting?
It is true, these devices need clean AC at near nominal voltage. Not an unreasonable assumption.