Ice storm & awesome 503!!

Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: wfd.lt On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:15 am

We're part of the ice storm that has crippled the northeast. Haven't had power since midnight Thursday. A lot of people affected have had to leave their homes. My brother's house is 35 degr. The Hitzer 503 has kept us in our home! The room with the stove gets to about 66, adjoining rooms and upstairs get to 58-60. Except for Saturday night when outside temp was 18. I didn't have a stove thermometer but got one yesterday. I find I'm good running it at 375-425. When it got to 450 I started to get a little nervous, it seemed almost too hot. So this first winter the 503 has really proven its worth!! If I could find some way to power the blowers we'd be even better off. We don't even know when the power will be restored. The frustrating part is that we live between 2 major roads which got repaired. So they seem to be doing the major roads/loops then at some point go back to do the branch lines to small neighborhoods. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Worst thing is the boredom, especially at night. Not much to do by candlelight. How are the other New Englanders on here doing (if you can get online)?

(another) Greg
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: LsFarm On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:00 pm

If you have an inverter for a car, that converts 12v to 110v, you could take a battery from a car, and using the inverter power the fan in the 503. You can also power your computer.. You just have to be careful to not let the battery go flat, and don't overload the inverter..

I keep lots of vehicles around, so I usually have a battery or two I can scrounge, but still have my main vehicle intact. The inverter I have is ony 800w, but that will run a few items if I'm carefull.. I do have a generator, but for just a computer and a light, I use the inverter and battery, much quieter..

Greg L
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: the snowman On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:17 pm

Greg L is right on the money. If you don't have a generator an inverter works great. Before I purchased a generator I would back my truck next to the house and run a power cord from the inverter in the truck into the house. I would be able to run the t.v., a couple of lights, and the fan behind the wood stove. This was prior to switching to coal. Every three or four hours depending on how much I was running off of the inverter, I would start the truck for about ten minutes to bring the vehicle battery back to full charge. At night when I wanted to sleep I would just run the fan behind the stove and would start the truck in the a.m. I had to do this for a week one year while we were out of power. If you have a large computer battery backup system this will work as well. Just run the fans and no lights and it will last a long time. I still have the inverter eventhough I have a generator system that powers the entire house and wood shop. If anything ever happens to the generator I still have the inverter as a back up. I hope your power comes back on soon.

the snowman.
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: captcaper On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:49 pm

I run a extension cord from my camper invereter to the house. My truck hooked up to the camper will keep the batteries charged. I put the food outside in a cooler with snow for stuff I don't want to freeze solid and just a tote with a cover for the stuff to keep frozen..
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:37 pm

I have a 400W inverter that I bought when I moved back to MA from Arizona -- my asthma ( which was GONE in Arizona ) got so bad when I got back that I needed to carry a nebulizer (just an air compressor that the medical field marks up 10,000,000% -- blows air thru liquid medicine to atomize it for inhalation -- looks like it's smoking. ) in the car with me everywhere I went. Had no health insurance & the neb. saved me big $$$ by avoiding the E.R. :|

Couldn't use it when the cops were around........they'd think I was smoking a hookah all by myself! :lol:
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: CapeCoaler On: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:47 am

I use a car inverter 400 watt to run small stuff.
If you lose power often a small backup for your fans would work.
A small windmill with some solar panels would give you enough juice to power a few deep cycle batteries and run everything on dc.
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: siblay On: Tue Dec 16, 2008 8:38 am

We never lost power, but my mother in law did, so we had visitors. Yeehaa. All were impressed with the 75-80 degrees in the living room courtesy of the Mark I.
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: mjb On: Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:46 pm

To Greg, I have been reading in posts here that inverters needed to be " pure sine wave " because of the fan motors. I would like to go the inverter route and was wondering if your inverter is such and if not have you noticed any thing in the performance of the motors while running of the inverter?
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: captcaper On: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:18 am

I put a 600W Excel Pure Sine Wave in the camper..cause of the TV. But if you buy one at WalMart and it interferes with the TV,etc. just bring it back. I paid $600 for mine. WalMart's are about $100 I think. I don't think it will hurt anything being a non pure sine wave. You will just get static interference in radios,etc.
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: LsFarm On: Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:26 am

The inverter I have has not caused any problems.. it is a cheapo inverter with no information on the label. So I guess I just got lucky with it.

Greg L

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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: the snowman On: Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:09 pm

I had a non sine wave inverter once and I had it burn out a couple small motors I was running as well as a battery charger for flashlights and drills. I purchased a 750 Watt pure sine wave inverter and have had no problems. For the extra amount of money you might pay go for the pure sine wave and have peace of mind that it isn't going to burn out any electronics or motors.

the snowman
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:41 pm

I bought mine at Fry's electronics in Phoenix when I was out there. I brought it back to my apartment, hooked it up to a battery charger & started plugging in all kinds of appliances to see what it could do.

Well, it had it's limits -- it would run a blender until you got into the higher speeds, it ran my TV, & electric drill with very little load on it -- couldn't do anything useful with it.. like drill! -- could run several lights on it, etc.

The problem I had was the battery charger I was using was over 50 yrs. old , & liked to pump out some pretty HIGH DC voltage. I was sitting on the floor messing with the blender on each speed when there was a LOUD POP -- then the blender stopped abruptly!! Scared the *censored* out of me!! Then smoke started pouring out of the unit from every gap. :lol: I took it apart & it looked like a cardboard box exploded inside & it reeked. Then I found an empty shell of a capacitor.............so I went back to Fry's, matched up a capacitor, & soldered it in........this all went down in 2001 & I still have the unit right now. Turns out, the charger was putting out 21.4 VDC -- just a tad too high.... :lol: :lol: :D
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: wfd.lt On: Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:58 am

Wow. 8 days without power and it's finally over. Power restored last night at 6pm. We have the misfortune of being off a line that comes down from one of the hills in town and the higher elevations got whacked worse. Thus, we went without power when all the streets surrounding us had it since they are not connected to that same line. They got restored last Saturday, and the crews were at our intersection that day. Little did we kow that they were going BY us, not TOWARD us. So from last Saturday to last night, 6 full days, was unbelievable. Hats of to Hitzer and the 503 which kept us in our home! Thanks for all the suggestions, board members! I did end up with a 5500 watt generator the last few days, It had four outlets so we just ran what we could off of that. The permanent transfer switch will follow soon; hell, it's not even winter yet officially. Now there's about a foot of snow on the ground with more scheduled for Sunday.
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Re: Ice storm & awesome 503!!

PostBy: rampage84 On: Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:20 pm

Same here in upstate NY. Lost power Thursday night, came back on the following Wed. No water but we were warm. Tuesday I broke down and got a generator from Home Depot so we could take showers,etc. BTW we have a 1929 Glenwood cabinet stove in the living room and if I run it hot it will drive ya out of the house. This is our first year using coal and it's working out great.
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