grumpy wrote:10kw is all you need, but I would go with a 15kw Perkins diesel, find them on ebay or Maine Diesel, or Hardy diesel, they make a 10 kw also, if you want it to last get a 1800 RPM diesel...
I was looking at those a few months ago. If I had the bucs, there would be one sitting in my yard right now.
As it stands, I had to keep our 8000w Honda. Because it uses gas and runs at 3600rpm, its loud. So I ran 6/3 copper from the Main Dist Panel to the barn, and put a L14-30 socket for it, in the barn. Its connected to a CB in the Main Distribution Panel, and a Interlock allows it to be turned on, only if the Main 200amp CB is turned off.
It runs everything in our house, as long as I am 'power conscious'. IE.... the electric hot water heater cannot be on at the same time the stove/oven is on. THose are about the only two CBs I need to be worried about. All other CBs remain on. Except the dryer. Never had to turn on the dryer during a power outage.
But if I had the money, I'd get one of those 15kw perkins in a heartbeat.