Re: recommendation for portable generator
All good advice above. My caution is do not be oversold. While whole house generators are convenient they are expensive to operate. A neighbor has one on propane and was using 4 gal an hour to operate it during an outage. Consider a smaller unit just big enough to run essentials I have a Reliance Transfer Switch which is easy to install. If you use one get one rated for a bigger generator than you get, that way you can easily switch different circuits on and off as needed without overloading the gen. If yo go with a gasoline generator, get some gas stabilizer to put in the tank during storage. Run the generator every couple of months with a load to keep it magnetized and the gas line and carburetor from varnishing up. Learn how to flash a generator.
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