Hey all! I was thinking about cobbling up some sort of generator for when the lights go black, which from what I understand about my new neighborhood, happens quite a bit in the winter. It's your basic three bedroom house, but we have two referigerators, and will be using a pellet stove/w a battery bckup for emergency heating purposes. Any cooking will be done on camp stoves and the big grill, like we've done before. The major question I have is in the event a power outage lasts several days, as has happened in my area before, should I have a generator handy, and if I should, how big should I make it so that it can run some of the lights, the fridges, and possibly the hot water heater? I found a questionnaire thingy online, and according to that a 8kw generator would be fine for an emergency. I was thinking of getting a generator head in the 10-12kw range in the event of load increases and things. I've found a source for some pretty decently priced brushed gen heads, but I'm wondering what kind of motor should I use to turn them with? Gas, diesel, or propane. I'm also wondering where do I get said motor (15-29HP)?