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Generator run time with well

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Oregonhunter5, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Do we only run a well generator when we need water?
    Meaning lots of times the well isn't being used.
    So do we set aside times when the power is out, to run the well generator?
     
  2. HuckFin

    HuckFin mt rainier Active Member

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    Not sure why you run the generator for the well only....When you have apparently have power from the grid.
     
  3. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    When the powers out.
     
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Run you generator under at least 50% load for 30 minutes every month. Keeps the internals lubricated, allows the engine oil to come up to temperature and boil off any condensation, and flushes the carburetor of old fuel. Be sure to run non-ethanol gas, Clear or Boat Gas in your generator.
     
  5. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    What if I run stabile instead of trying to find enthenol free gas?
    Sometimes finding that gas is hard.
     
  6. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    It's worth the effort to seek out ethanol-free gasoline. Mix in an additive as well (Sta-bil or Seafoam).

    To answer your original question, yes, you can choose to only run the generator when you need water if you choose. My well supplies two houses, so I'd have to coordinate with my renters, but I only plan on running it for a few hours in the morning and evening.
     
  7. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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  8. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    The farm stores sell 5 gallon cans of "airplane fuel". I use the marine (blue) stabul and rarely have any problems.

    If you live on a slope or have a multi-story home; pumping water up into a black tank and then gravity-feeding into your house is a good way to conserve generator fuel.

    I fill and keep anything that will hold water, and would activate a lime-operated outhouse to save water.
     
  9. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Find a 3000 Watt heater to act as a load for the gen set rather than the well pump. That allows you to test run or exercise the generator without having to run the pump. Ethanol has an affinity for moisture, like a sponge. Bad news when it sits in a tank or metal can where it can breath with changes in temperature.
     
  10. Fisher Bill

    Fisher Bill Tigard Member

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    The storage tank idea is good way to minimize the use of the generator, I have a propane generator and it never plugs at the carb.
     
  11. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I second the storage tank idea. I'm going to gang up (10) 60 gallon food grade plastic barrels I have, installed in a 3rd floor room rack for gravity feed. 600 gallons ready to go with no more power required would be a nice thing. If it's a serious situation, more than just some short term thing, I have many more barrels I could fill. Having the break down barrel system means I can easily sterilize it all, every now and then
     
  12. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    10 x 60 gallons = 600 gallons x 8 lbs = 4,800 lbs.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Which is no problem in an ICF/shotcrete castle tower room
     
  14. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Hurr durr.