Prepping for and Surviving power outtages

Sir Speedy

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Bye the way I bought my gen from electric generators direct online.

Where did you get yours?
 

Oscar1222

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Oscar I would definitely test it. My generator was also a Generac 5500. I bought it brand new. I ran it the last year but never tested the power output. I just saw that it ran but that's it. Definitely test it.
I'll do that this weekend. Just got the damn thing. Its still in the box.
 

Oscar1222

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The vendor on amazon was CPO I believe. They shipped same day.
 

Sir Speedy

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Oscar I’m glad I to hear that it worked. I too live in Florida and I hope I won’t need mine any time soon
 

NathanKS

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I have solar/generators/battery backups on my building but was wondering how much fuel you guys store in the event of an emergency?
 
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Oscar1222

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I have solar/generators/battery backups on my building but was wondering how much fuel you guys store in the event of an emergency?
I don't like storing gas. If - there is a hurricane approaching we get plenty of warning and I go fill up my six five gallon cans and my cars. I have a transfer pump to draw from my cars if need be. For power outages non weather related - you can always find a station open in another part of the power grid in that is not affected in Tampa Bay.

After Irma - the power was only out 4 days - and that is the worst I have ever seen around here and it was not that bad truth be told - for my area.
 

NathanKS

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I don't like storing gas. If - there is a hurricane approaching we get plenty of warning and I go fill up my six five gallon cans and my cars. I have a transfer pump to draw from my cars if need be. For power outages non weather related - you can always find a station open in another part of the power grid in that is not affected in Tampa Bay.

After Irma - the power was only out 4 days - and that is the worst I have ever seen around here and it was not that bad truth be told - for my area.
I am not a huge fan of it either, but I have a 100kw generator and can easily go through 30+ gallons a day when I run generator/solar only. Not really an option to just go to a gas station.

In addition, your big concern is hurricane, mine is earthquake and to a lesser extent fire, which has the very real potential of cutting me off from fuel for a longer period of time without warning.

At the moment I have a 250 gallon storage tank tied into it that stays 1/2-3/4 full and is also used to fuel my truck. I am not completely happy with the length of time I will be able to go without power. Considering doing an in-ground 500 gallon tank with a built in filter/cone bottom to remove water and adding in that DOD fuel foam that's supposed to keep it good for 10 years.
 
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