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Old 02-09-2021, 10:24   #1
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Expand the forum?

I had an idea since I'll be getting my solar generator today, I think PU forums could use a preparedness section? Whadaya think deputies?
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Old 02-09-2021, 12:23   #2
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Good idea!!

We need a Prepper section.......survival foods, ammo, power sources, strategies, etc.

Start us off by telling us about your solar generator.
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Here's a good clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbYM...ature=emb_logo

The more than 2000 comments are interesting, too.
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The technology for portable solar power has made advances beyond what I purchased driven by us retiring boomers no doubt who are buying property RV's and so on. Mine is the Bluetti EB240. 1k watt inverter, 2400 watt hours for storage. This was THE beast now the consumer can buy stackable storage to up the watt hours greatly and 2000 watt inverter that can handle 30 amp load so richy rich can run his RV AC units.
I purchased a kit that came with cabling and 4x 100 watt panels. The purchase was weird, card declined, So I phoned them and they said yeah they think it's the hazmat battery happens often. I called the card company and waited for the obligatory 30 minutes get some poor lady I can barely understand through her accent. Long story short I was pushed over the fraud division getting PO'd so I ran this up two levels and was reassured it wasn't the retailer that "this just happens sometime". I figure they are documenting this purchase, never got a straight answer. Then The unit has to sit in California I guess for a special UPS hazmat truck? Good news the sun arrived today that we haven't seen in a month! So I hooked up just one panel to it and bingo getting 100 watts coming in which it will take 500 watts total. I went out and checked it about 10 minutes ago and watched it finish up topping off the battery.
The reason I bought it is for if we get bare land I can roll up and have power and as a preparedness measure. I have the house set up for a gas genny but what if there is no fuel? So it filled that last stand power source.
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Yes, I'm considering natural gas with this Generac.

https://www.amazon.com/Generac-7043-...011369&sr=8-11

I'm really only concerned about LONG power outages and keeping enough gasoline around for long power outages is a problem.

Natural gas, I think, would be around for weeks or even months in some scenarios.

But I'd also like to have something like your Bluetti........they have a 2000k model that I like.

That would be plan B if something went wrong with the Generac.
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I agree with the expansion proposal as a specific sub-forum but as others have said, it should be more expansive than just generators or solar.

Plumbing and Electrical come to mind (perhaps under a category called home maintenance). And pets.

I try to limit the number of forums I'm on (all are gun-related) and some of them (like Marlinowners.com) have sub-forums for pets and vets, for example.

I understand things could quickly get out of hand, though. But if I have a simple question about a particular generator, for example, I don't want to join yet another forum just for a simple one-time question or two. Or a recommendation.

Most of the members on PU have pets and are veterans - both often related to shooting sports. It would seem an increasing number are experimenting with generators and solar. And of course, SHTF. Having specific sub-forums helps with compartmentalizing interests.

Just my HO and 2 worth...

Logos' post was made as I was writing this post, but makes for a good example.
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Originally Posted by Logos View Post
Yes, I'm considering natural gas with this Generac.

https://www.amazon.com/Generac-70432...%2C204&sr=8-20

I'm really only concerned about LONG power outages and keeping enough gasoline around for long power outages is a problem.

Natural gas, I think, would be around for weeks or even months in some scenarios.

But I'd also like to have something like your Bluetti........they have a 2000k model that I like.

That would be plan B if something went wrong with the Generac.
Logos, I have a Generac semi-whole-house genny. When we moved to the farm, we discovered "no electricity = no water or sewage pump or AC". It is 35kw and handles most of our house plus our barn. We have no natural gas, being rural. Electricity went out fairly regularly when we first moved here.

I wanted a generator that could handle ten days of continuous running with the electricity out, and studying fuel consumption drove our decision to the size propane tank we needed (500gal). I originally wanted a 45kw (which would cover the entire house) but the hourly fuel consumption only gave me about 6-7 days. Also, I wanted everything automatic so that if I was traveling, my wife wouldn't need to go out in a storm to start things up (she is scared of electricity).

We have two 150A circuit panels and made one "generator backup" and the other not. Things covered by the generator included our barn (water for the horses), our main-floor heat-pump, fridge and freezer, well and septic pump, microwave, water heater, security floodlights, garage doors, and pretty much all wall-outlets throughout the house. What is NOT covered are things like the oven, the Jacuzzi, drier, the 2nd floor heat pump, and downstairs overhead lights. We have never even come close to overtaxing the generator.

Things got exciting once in 15 years when we went through nine days without power and the propane truck couldn't get to us. THAT was exciting! In the event of a long protracted outage where propane delivery is not possible (and we know that may happen before-hand, I could have easily manually turned it on/off (say fours hours on/four hours off) and could have comfortably gone over two weeks before gas ran out.

All things to consider.

One last thing and that concerns water-cooled vs air cooled: air-cooled generators are much, much louder when running. Our water-cooled one (actually a GM V6 engine) sounds like a UPS truck idling.
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I say no there are many great prepper sites already.
There are already many forums here that are mostly unused.
General Chit Chat is open to all comers.
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Originally Posted by RJF View Post
Logos, I have a Generac semi-whole-house genny. When we moved to the farm, we discovered "no electricity = no water or sewage pump or AC". It is 35kw and handles most of our house plus our barn. We have no natural gas, being rural. Electricity went out fairly regularly when we first moved here.

I wanted a generator that could handle ten days of continuous running with the electricity out, and studying fuel consumption drove our decision to the size propane tank we needed (500gal). I originally wanted a 45kw (which would cover the entire house) but the hourly fuel consumption only gave me about 6-7 days. Also, I wanted everything automatic so that if I was traveling, my wife wouldn't need to go out in a storm to start things up (she is scared of electricity).

We have two 150A circuit panels and made one "generator backup" and the other not. Things covered by the generator included our barn (water for the horses), our main-floor heat-pump, fridge and freezer, well and septic pump, microwave, water heater, security floodlights, garage doors, and pretty much all wall-outlets throughout the house. What is NOT covered are things like the oven, the Jacuzzi, drier, the 2nd floor heat pump, and downstairs overhead lights. We have never even come close to overtaxing the generator.

Things got exciting once in 15 years when we went through nine days without power and the propane truck couldn't get to us. THAT was exciting! In the event of a long protracted outage where propane delivery is not possible (and we know that may happen before-hand, I could have easily manually turned it on/off (say fours hours on/four hours off) and could have comfortably gone over two weeks before gas ran out.

All things to consider.

One last thing and that concerns water-cooled v-s air cooled: air-cooled generators are much, much louder when running. Our water-cooled one (actually a GM V6 engine) sounds like a UPS truck idling.
Very interesting.

I had no idea there were water-cooled Generacs........I'll have to check into it.........lots of researching to do.
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