efo141 wrote:Thank-you Gene,
We do have a generator but Edmund made me promise never to try and hook it up myself(something about back feeding the lines). He used it 2 times last month. He did want to add a car battery back up or something but I didn't pay attention to the details. Do you feel this would be a safe option. Ed tried gravity feed last time and it didn't work. I just don't want to go to work and panic all day. And by the way if the power does go out now-will it be ok to open the feeder door and let it the coal go out?(It is in an outside addition) And also do I have to turn on or off and water valves. Paula
late post due to snow shovel,blow,plow kinda 11 hr day!
The battery back thing is just like the ones they sell in best buy like the "Geek Squad" type. they come in different sizes; meaning how many watts they could supply for so long. bigger is more watts for longer time before the battery runs dead. last i looked I bought a few of them that were the largest at the time I think 1500 watts. they were like 200 bucks. I wanted one for the 50 inch plazma and bose surround sound cause we all know we cant have the tv just shut off over a silly power outage! The other i actually use for the computer. I was very suprised at the ability of them and feel they were a worth while investment. Now you know the generator is a great source of back up power for you even if you dont have a transfer switch yet! Because push comes to shove you can simply have it running (outdoors) and use a good extention cord to plug the stove directly to it. It wouldnt be connected to the house so no "back feed" problem.
If the gen is of sufficient size naturally a second extension could feed the fridge and a light or few ... then your electrician buddy could explain a different approach im sure!
now back to the battery back up, theres several here that put together thier own back up power supply system using a car battery and a power inverter. the car battery is much much longer lasting than any thats in a store bought computer style system and also some generators have a car battery charging port on them so it can charge the bigger battery which is inverting the power for the stove. now this home built set up is great in another way in so much that it can be made to automatically come on when the power goes out and keep the stove running substantially long enough if your at work and the power fails. then when you get home you can bring the generator on line and control things .
All these things and senairos are no big deal if ya just think them thru, learn how they work, practice a bit, and of course keep a calm relaxed head if something does happen. I am sure with help from friends every thing will work out ok. Its great to be able to go in the coal room there and know Ed is always there ...