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Old 11-29-2019, 08:39 PM   #21
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Why would you assume that? As mentioned, a gas oven only uses a little electrical power for the controls and igniters, the old ones used zero electric power.

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Maybe I'll put my Kill-a-watt on it, but that coil gets real hot real fast.

Some Googling suggests 450 Watts for the igniter, which is too much.
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Maybe I'll put my Kill-a-watt on it, but that coil gets real hot real fast.

Some Googling suggests 450 Watts for the igniter, which is too much.
OK, if it is one of those "heater/glow-plug" style igniters, that might be 450 watts, versus much less for the spark type.

But 450 watts is still a pretty light load for decent inverter. My 1250/2500 W inverter runs my sump pump (1/3 HP, ~ 300 watts running), and it barely registers on the display, it's just loafing. That's about 30 amps from the 12V battery, you need good cables/connections for that, but nothing too extreme. Handling the surge for the freezer starting up took some real attention to detail on each connection, the inrush current can be many times higher than the run current.

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I've learned that when you call, say, Starbucks, and ask if they have power, they treat you like an idiot. Like, "Duh. I answered the phone didn't I?"
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I am now the proud owned of a 3600 watt generator. Only had to use it once, and ran the fridge, freezer and icemaker. Had a 4th cord going to a power strip to charge our stuff.
Invited the neighbors over to charge their stuff. The one thing I did was to put a heavy duty 6 foot extension on the fridge plug so I would not have to pull it out. DW was concerned about hot water, and I told her the pilot generates the power to keep it going.
We could use out cook top by lighting the burners with a match.
Sweet neighbor did not realize you could light the stove burners until I told her. She was using her BBQ
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We had a 4 hour power outage on Thanksgiving 5 am to 9 am. Generator kicked on and all was well. Ours is a Generac 16000 watt standby generator. Not a whole house generator, but provides power for 16 circuits. I had a decision to make when I installed it - provide backup for ac or the oven. I chose ac because we seldom use our oven. So our oven was out during the power outage - and luckily it came on in time for DW to cook Thanksgiving dinner before noon.
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We're at a hotel about to head home. Power is back on. Our cable seems to still be out, so it will probably be power, but no TV, internet, or telephone for a while.
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The power grid in our township went dead for 12 hours, during the holiday.

We heat our house with firewood, and we cook with gas, so we still had a good meal.

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We're at a hotel about to head home. Power is back on. Our cable seems to still be out, so it will probably be power, but no TV, internet, or telephone for a while.
Actually, power was not back on, so Yay, the money for the hotel wasn't wasted. The power came back on today at 11, and internet and phone are working, too.

The best part: It makes you appreciate light, heat, and entertainment, things you normally take for granted.
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Had our Thanksgiving dinner today with a new turkey. It was good, and we were thankful for electricity.
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The power went out last the Tuesday before Thanksgiving during the big storm (it was really big). It's still out.
We're in Camas, WA near Portland and had a really big wind storm Tuesday. A tree fell on the power line a few hundred feet down the road from us. The extra tension on the line pulled over a power pole on our property, and caused a big power surge.

The power surge destroyed one of my network switches (in the crawlspace under the house), and burned out three GFCI outlets (smoke came out when turned back on). So I've been replacing those over the weekend. I'm going to replace the GFCI breakers for the kitchen today just to be safe. Unfortunate, but the surge could have done a lot more damage than it did.

Our power was out from 6:30pm Tuesday till 4:30am Wednesday (about 10 hours). Internet service went out the same time and wasn't restored till Saturday morning. It's funny how we run around the house flipping light switches even though we know the power is out. It's also funny how everything we wanted to do seemed to need the internet. My wife couldn't play her favorite game on her tablet, and I couldn't download a new book for my Kindle. It felt like the dark ages for a few days.

I bought a backup battery earlier this year to power a floor lamp. With an LED bulb it was turned on about eight hours and had only used half the battery. That one lamp was enough to get around most of the house, and we have flashlights and battery lanterns for other areas. We have a wood stove for heat (and cooking if needed), and a battery powered speaker to listen to while the power is out. I could use the backup battery for the lamp to watch movies on my laptop if we wanted to, but we didn't do that this time.

We don't have any backup power for our refrigerator, so after a few hours we boxed up the food and set it outside to stay cold in the 35 degree weather. Naturally, I had just gone grocery shopping for Thanksgiving Tuesday morning, so the fridge was full of perishables. I would still like to find some kind of backup power for the fridge.

We're on a private well so when the power goes out we lose our water supply too. Our pressure tank is usually good for a few toilet flushes, depending on how full the tank is when the power goes out. Somehow it seems the tank is always close to empty when the power fails. I have a couple 5 gallon jugs of water stored if it comes to that, but we didn't need them this time around. Unfortunately, when the tank gets drawn down too low it trips the low pressure switch. So I had to run up to the pump house at 4:30am when the power came back on to restart the well pump. When it comes time to replace our pump, I'm planning to install a 120V model so it will be easier to power from a small generator.

Thankfully, we don't have power outages all that often. Most last less than an hour. The last big one was over 15 years ago when the power was out for four days. We were far less prepared for that one.
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We had a short power outage yesterday - a duration of about 4 hours. Gotta tell you - We won't survive a power outage that lasts as long as yours. If we had no heat in Canada, we would freeze in a short time!
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