Emergency Portable Generator
In Florida during the past two years we've had very active hurricane seasons. Last year, I got hit by 2 major hurricanes that caused extended power outages. The heat and humidity after each of those storms was intolerable for me. Therefore, I decided this year to buy a generator.
I bought a PM0545006 Coleman Powermate that provides 5,000 watts (continuous) and 6,250 surge watts. It has a 10 hp Briggs & Stratton Intek OHV engine (model 204412, type 0156E1). I have enough 12 gauge extension cords to reach to and power my refrigerator/freezer (750 watts), a couple of 8,000 Btu window A/C units (725 watts each), a ceiling fan (100 watts) and 4 compact fluorescent bulbs (100 watts). The total continuous draw is 2,400 watts. I realize that motor starts will draw more surge.
This generator runs on regular gas. I have purchased 16 Blitz 5 gallon plastic gas cans. I have added Sta-bil fuel stabilizer and I have all the cans stored in a locked, ventilated shed located over 100 feet from my house (or other houses). The generator has a 5 gallon gas tank. I have not run the generator as of yet. I have some questions.
The instructions with the generator state that at half load (2,500 watts), the device will run for 11 hours per 5 gallons of gas. Does this sound realistic? That's less than 1/2 gallon per hour. Is the 10 hp B&S Intek OHV engine that economical? Anyone have any real world experience with this device? If, for example, I could get 10 hours of run time per 5 gallons of fuel, then with 80 gallons I could get 6 days of power.
However, it I only get 8 hours of run time per 5 gallons of fuel, then with 80 gallons I'll only get 5 days of power. I'm just trying to get a reasonable estimate of how long I can expect to provide power with this device. Thanks!