Monday, November 18, 2013
Bee-Lieve it or not we still have a very few yellow flowers in protected areas here and there yet. Not many that's for sure.
Had a busy weekend with early rains Saturday and high winds Sunday but I managed to get the plywood box/cover finished for the gasoline generator and then man handle the thing up onto the porch.
The Gas generator is the last part of my electric redundancy chain. One I really hope I never have to use because the thing can be heard for miles around when running. To be honest I don't worry about losing power for much. I have the solar setup and enough rechargeable batteries to run all the gadgets I could ever need along with some electric lights if I wanted. I also have more than enough kerosene lamps and an endless supply of bees wax candles for lights.
Yet my big wood furnace requires electricity to run the blower and there is the matter of the freezers. I can run the blower on the furnace for four days of no sun off my battery bank and even then I could stop using the big furnace and fall back on the small wood stove for a long term grid down situation. None of these backup plans however adequately address the problem of having a nice hot fire going in the wood furnace and then the power going out in the middle of the night.
A wood furnace of the size I use can seriously damage itself if the blower loses power. Technically there is a sensor that automatically shuts the airflow off if the power goes out but I don't trust them completely. Also setting up a battery rotation from the solar bank is time consuming and not something I want to do in a snow storm in the middle of the night.
So in a sudden, middle of the night, dead of Winter, Snow storm if the power goes out I have my 7500 watt generator placed in it's own little box right by the window and a power cord ready to run through a wooden plate made specifically for that purpose. I can start her up, plug in the wood furnace motor and the freezer and let her run until the Sun comes up and the batteries can be put in place.
Each battery of my solar bank will run the blower on the furnace for almost 24 hours but it takes me a good 30 minutes to unhook a battery and lug it over to the blower. Unhooking it requires bending over into the storage area and it isn't something I wanna do while being rained or snowed on int he middle of the night. Also as I mentioned there is the problem of cloudy days. I would need four days of continuous sunlight with only small cloudy periods to keep the battery rotation solid and give them enough time to charge up between uses or eventually I would run out of juice.
So as you can see the chances of actually needing the gas generator eventually are pretty high if the grid is down for a long period.
Redundancy and Backup plans.
This also concludes the last project I wanted to finish before Winter actually hit this year. I was afraid I wouldn't get it finished since other projects kept taking precedence here lately but this latest little warm spell gave me the time I needed. It also allowed me to permanently get the generator out of the barn and in it's new storage location.
Now I can once again focus more on wood cutting and brush clean up. I am about a month behind on wood cutting again.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!