I was just across the fence morning talking to a neighbor asking why I'd not heard his 3600rpm scream-a-matic going during last Fridays windstorm Grid-out event.
He is a professional working Mechanical Engineer in the wood products industries here.
He said he got tired of being gone to work and his wife cell phoning that she could not get their old metal tanked 5000 watt screamer pull started. She from home business's accounting via the internet.
So he's taken his four marine batteries out of their family ski/lakes fishing boat and shop set them up through Perco, switches as a 24 vdc bank. Gotten a Harbor Freight 5000 watt inverter for his wife to be able to just plug into.
He already has the Grid-powered four station battery charger for all of his seasonal pulled out, set aside, lead acid batteries.
So for their half day of grid-down she Did have a working propane furnace heating, kitchen range, hot water heater, adequate LED lighting, TV, internet and such.
Happy wife to be able to just switch rotate, and cord run in for minimal's.
He said it only 1/4 capacity discharged his four battery, group 27's bank.
Out to a full 24 hours Grid-down then him, or one of the teenage boys come back home, would have gotten their 3600 scream-a-matic up and running for batteries recharging, refrigeration and freezer re-cooling back down.
What he does, and I do, is known as living GRID-LITE.
Use big Federal Hydro 9 cents a kilowatt/hour as wanted, when available. Able to go Grid-FREE minimal's with just a flip-switch, cord pull, when they fail you.
Too many Idealists in the world. Too many complicating convoluting stacked systems designers/developers on these DIY forums.
LED light solutions are easy in the A19 screw base replacements now available anywhere/everywhere for as cheap here as US $3.50. now.
My first bought European Phillips 7 years ago for near $20 is still working fine after at least 35,000 hours. All position, dimmable. 12.5 watts, 160mA/110-130 vac 60 hz for 800 lumens. Made In China.
Eight off brand UtiliteTech Pro's, $10 each A9 screw in LED's still ALL going fine after 5 years, up to 20,000 hours use-life of very mixed use inside/outside services. 7.5 watts, 90mA/120 vac for 450 lumens. Made In China.
Ten four year old FEIT Electric screw in A19 LED replacements still ALL working fine in mixed/inside of services.
7.5 watt for 500 lumens. Made In China.
Fifteen GE brand A19 screw in replacements LED now in service for the last three years. All inside use. $6-8.00 US cost. 7 watts, 70mA for 470 lumens. Made In China.
Last batch of standard sized A19 replacements were from Wal-mart for $3.50 each. 5 watts for 500 lumens. Only two years on these. Still all working. Made In China.
I have ceiling can lite LED's floods now. And I am outside porch light trialing two newer 75 and 100 incandnest/watt equivalent LED A19's replacements too.
I've yet to find any LED A19 replacements made in Europe, USA, Korea, Mexico, Taiwan, Thailand, Indoneasia.
Ha! Still have eight CFL's spiral tube hole-in-in-your-pocket A19's hanging in there from back in 2003-05. Lighting very, very dimmly now. My chickens refused to lay with these lighting. Wife hates florescent lighting.
See? Workable/usable Solutions just do not have to be such an agonizing big deal.
Usable solutions are very available anymore just off-the shelf, buyable. Inverter-Generators. Inverters. LED A19 replacements.
Anybody been looking at the L.E.A.F. woodgasifier site lately? They are still there, supplying with just a phone call.
Nope. No association to me.
Neither was Lawrence Garringer anyone I ever talked with. Garringer Gasifiers. Still supplying?
They both did this on their own; without forum "engineering" group-think support help. Both self professed Imbert based builds, out of old paper books.
Both these have proven to be able to fuel supply folks generators in needs-must situations.
J-I-C Steve Unruh
Always the best route is the shorted, direct-to-use route. Hit the critter in the head with a hammer gets the job done.