- Tue Mar 08, 2005 3:32 am
I have a propane fired forced hot air furnace. I also have a generator transfer switch (6 circuits) connected via underground cable to my shed. Inside the shed I have a 4KW generator. The generator is capable of running my freezer, fridge, furnace, and lights without problems.
However, being the guy who likes to have backups for backups, I also can unplug from the generator and plug into a 750watt (1500watt surge) modified sine wave inverter. I do this via a special adaptor I built (120vac to 240vac plugs). The inverter is capable of running the furnace, lights, or fridge (fridge by itself due to load).
If I plan on running the furnace or fridge for extended periods of time, I can connect the inverter to my car battery and idle the engine to recharge the battery.
I can also hook my 60AH deep cycle camper battery up to the inverter and run the furnace through several complete cycles. It will also power a couple of ceiling lights for 5 hours or so. I'm
careful to not discharge below 50% of capacity.
SO, the long and short of all this is, if you have an inverter you can run many things. I would like to pick up a larger charger (say 15amps) to charge my battery from the generator so I don't have to run it continuously (can you say "hybrid"?).