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2013 power failure and getting the generator fixed

We got the generator working today, but we're low on fuel.

The current plan is to run it for about 90 minutes after dinner each night.

No problems with the phone line, which is why we can keep up the blogging.

Plenty of firewood and food along with books and cats should keep us warm and happy. The water seems to be going down and maybe we can get out tomorrow or Sunday for more fuel and fruit.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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How many hours can you run your generator on a gallon of gas?
Comment by Fri Jan 18 19:01:22 2013

We shall soon find out.... Our Christmas experiment in 2009 suggests we might get three hours out of it, which would mean tonight and tomorrow night. We've got some other gas in the barn with ethanol in it, so we'll have to decide whether to risk that if we can't get out by Sunday.

How long does yours run on a gallon?

Comment by anna Fri Jan 18 19:10:25 2013
Mine has a 1.7 gal tank, and I've never run it fully empty, but have gotten at least 4 hours on a tank.
Comment by Fri Jan 18 19:23:57 2013

After having experienced one 3-day power outage just before Christmas, I feel for the 2 of you. At least we could get into town by driving down the driveway in 4-wheel drive.

It is an experience that I enjoy with the quiet of no TV or the buzz of the frig and heater systems.

Enjoy while you can, the real world will be on your door step soon.

Comment by mona Fri Jan 18 19:42:16 2013

Do you have any Stabil fuel stabilizer around? I struggle to find ethanol-free fuel near my forest place. I just dump in Stabil and my generator runs like a dream. Without it, my generator is unhappy and sputters/dies unless the fuel is right out of the pump. (My little generator is 30 years old though . . . don't know if that is better or worse with regards to the ethanol content.)

My father has recommended to get in the habit of always adding Stabil to the fuel at that place, regardless of whether I will use it within a week or not - the humidity levels are so high (at least during the winter rains.) Maybe you already do; but I noticed an immediate difference in my generator's performance.

Comment by Charity Sat Jan 19 01:00:00 2013
That ethanol issue is a real pain. We regularly lose power out here in the southern Indiana boondocks, too. Here's hoping you get yours back soon. All that snow on top of the flood must make things really...interesting.
Comment by Robin Sat Jan 19 06:45:57 2013

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