Need generator recommendation for 700 sq ft home/cabin

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  1. coolul007

    coolul007 New Member

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    I have been trying to find a reliable generator to power a cabin during rain storm outages. The last one was 4 days long. We get about 2 of these a year. The main electrical draws are the standards, refrigerator, well pump, pellet stove, Satellite TV & Internet, computers. I think an 8KW continuous will handle everything. The unit should be able to run on propane. Electric start, but not automatic. I have researched this and have only come up with too many options to make an informed decision. I chose the Reliance transfer switch for manual load switching. Thank you for any input.
     
  2. ActionDave

    ActionDave Electrician

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    I would accept that any name brand generator would be at least as good as the rest and make my choice on how easy it is to get parts and service. If there is a local dealer with a solid reputation in those two areas I would buy from them.
     
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  4. coolul007

    coolul007 New Member

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    Thank you for your response, good advice. I will certainly go that route.
     
  5. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    Noorthern tool has a $1800$ propane stationary rig from Briggs or Generac Thats 8kw. Many of the 8KW wheeled rigs are much more and entirely from China. Seems like a real bargain.
     
  6. coolul007

    coolul007 New Member

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    I have settled on a Generac standby, without the auto switch, as there are a lot of times no one is at the cabin and there is no need for power.
    Thank you all for your input, it helped a lot.
     
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