With the recent tornado and wild fire activity going on I thought I’d add lessons learned from my last grid-power outage.
Was Wednesday night, the day before Thanksgiving Day with two adjacent houses with food stuffed refrigerators and two woman expecting power to cook up a joint turkey and ham dinner with all of the trimmings.
Ours was a Pacific wind and rain storm event, occurring at 2:30 AM.
Wife woke me wanting power solutions for the upcoming expected 4" raining day.
We woodstove, so heating was not a problem. Space heating stoves are ok for water heating but too all surfaces hot to extensive cook on. Cooks, the cook. 40F outside so no problem for days with the two big chest freezers out in their own shed.
Generator power, dear? No problems.
I have currently four on-hand portable generators: 1600+1600+2200+700=6100 watts available. With cords enough to do four distances separate feeds: refrigerator1, refrigerator2, cooking area1, cooking area2.
We also have the been-used-much, two burner Coleman propane camping stove.
Enabled to use her plug-in roaster pan, a couple of microwaves and such she was able to settle and we could go back to sleep.
Ha! Daylight came. I was setting up generators and power cords, then the grid power came back up. She just went ahead an did the turkey in her roaster pan.
And I told them to hustle up and do their pies in the electric range ovens first, while the grid power lasted.
That’d been the only hole in the holiday dinner making capabilities. Oven pies cooking.
I would have had to fire up the diesel tractor to move the welder-genrator up next to the house for range-oven power. And then cut up, and make up a workable cord/plug set.
Been 1/1/2 gallons of gasoline an hour for power at only one location that way.
Using the four portables I would have used only 1.25 gallons total an hour for the four separate power sources.
Yeah.Yeah. Whats this got to do with woodgasing SteveU???
IF you are woodgas electrical generating/using every day you will not notice grid power outages. Already made the lifestyle changes to cook/live that way.
As a matter of real practicality when on-grid you need some situational adaptation time. Gasoline, propane, or even diesel generating for a few days buys you this adaptation time.
Amazing how with no power - that “noisy” engine generated power seems so acceptably to them then.
Two of these five units were got to be woodgasfueled come the longer term need. Only had two other not-woodgasable’s on hand as the next gift-outs.
And I have now later gone out and thrift store bought two plug-in toster ovens. As a 20 year adult batcholer I used a toaster-oven for all of my baking/roasting, and such. Why heat up a whole family oven for just one?
And I do like my pies! Homemade from sctrach, with love true minced-meat and rhubarb pies this Thanksgiving.
(Apricot and sweetpotoato requested for Christmas)
J-I-C Steve Unruh