New prepping purchase

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  1. okcmco

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    New prepping purchase…
    Open till recently most of my prepping purchases I have not been very big ticket items. I guess some of the knives that I bought from vendors on this forum we're between 200 and $400. Lotta money for a knife somewhat safe. But I don't view these as prepping supplies, because I use them all the time
    Today I saw at the Cabela's in Oklahoma City, that these generators were a very good deal. I'll search yielded favorable reviews on these cheap Chinese made generators, and supposedly repair and replacement parts are available. Yes I agree that a big Generac, Yamaha, or Honda generator is a much better piece of equipment. But I'm tickled pink. Being a backpack or in a canoeist for a long time, this is my first generator.
     

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    There are guys here who know a lot more about generators than me--I defer to them. But I just wanted to throw this out:

    One thing that I didn't realize before looking into these small generators was that you need to lay in a supply of oil as well as your primary fuel. Oil needs to be replaced after so many hours of run time (typically 30-40 hrs. for air cooled types). If you are out of power for a week, you'll need to replace your oil a number of times.

    So, read your manual and lay in a supply of oil.
     
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    that's way cool.
    i'm still lugging marine battery and an inverter.
    let us know how it works.
     
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    That is good to know. I have a feeling my prepping perspective may overlook some crucial items like the oil you mention. Kind of like hoarding ammo, but forgetting a cleaning kit and oil.. I will take care of this.
     
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    Will do. Might get it out to use at an outdoor gig coming up
     
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    The only real concern I have if the power goes out is the food going bad. Otherwise I couldn't really give a damn.
     
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    But how are you going to check BCUSA?
    :)
     
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    Luckily I have a smartphone and battery packs.
     
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    There are several gasoline stabilizers you should investigate. Once your carb gets gunked up with varnish from sitting all the time, it won't start. A guy that overhauls small engines told me that the marine version of Sta-Bil is the best.

    A blurb from the web:
    STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer will keep fuel fresh for up to 24 months, guaranteed. Depending on the quality, type and source of the gasoline, as well as storage conditions, doubling the dosage rate of STA-BIL® brand could prolong this storage time to up to 2 years.

    I'm not quite clear on that, isn't 24 months already equal to 2 years?

    I would recommend get some kind of gas stabilizer, and start it once a month, let it warm up. If there is a gas petcock on the gas tank, turn it off and let the motor starve out. That will reduce the amount of old gas left, but there probably will still be some in the float bowl.

    If you are using it, power off any electrical devices, before shutting it down by any method. Electronic things don't like to be browned out.
     
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    Champion Generators are very good quality, I have had one for years now. I also wanted to mention, as it was mentioned above, run it every couple weeks. Most importantly, plug something in for a minute and let the generator work. A lot of people forget about the most instrumental part of the generator and that is the magnets that help generate power. If the magnets seize up, you can have a real problem on your hands. (there are videos on how to fix a stuck generator so I won't get into that). For the past few years I've filled my genny, added the proper amount of Stabil, then a little more and every 2-3 weeks I pull it out and let it run for about 5 minutes, then I plug a trouble light into each socket to test. I'm not saying that's what everyone should do, I'm saying that's what I've been doing and have never had a problem. Also, make sure to run it outside, not in your garage with the door open but outside. I also rigged up an extension cord to a power bar inside my house. Now, when I need the genny, I fire it up outside and plug the cord to it, then I plug my freezer or what not to the power bar inside. No open doors in cold weather and no costly transfer switch on my electrical panel. My next purchase will be an inverter generator.
     
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    and after the battery packs run out? ;)
     
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    Load bank the generator @ 80% capacity for one hour twice annually. This accomplishes two things, one it clears the values and cylinders of carbon and allows the mag pickup and governor to adjust to the load being applied. While doing a load banking, monitor for 60hz, voltage output and amount of load current being applied.
     
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    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ this
    jmho- i'd figure out if the carb has a bowl drain and utilize it often.
    today's gas is pure crap, and ruins more small engines and fuel
    systems on gasoline vehicles than any other thing. i used to use
    sta-bil quite often, but these days i drain the tank and bowl if possible
    and dispose of the gas more often than trying to treat it. there
    is a LOT of water and condensation in today's gasoline, even
    freshly purchased. it contaminates crankcase oil readily also.
     
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