Keeping the Lights On

The weather can get extreme where I reside and it is not surprising to have a power outage every so often. They seem to come at the most inopportune moments like when you are cooking dinner or watching your favorite TV show. You sit in the dark and ponder your bad luck. You know you will just have to wait it out. You call the utility company and they say, we know sit tight. It could be a few hours. I know you have experienced something similar whether you live in the snow belt or the sunbelt. Extreme temperatures can tax utilities causing rolling blackouts or brown outs as the shorter ones are called.

The inconvenience of power outages is such that it has prompted me to findĀ a home generator. I got the idea when we had a church raffle and it was the grand prize. Oddly enough, we sold a lot of tickets because people really wanted one. Even those who have an old workhorse, could use a new model. I got one at Home Depot that is versatile and portable. It is not a whole-house unit, but I only need to power up certain appliances if we have an outage. I am sure you have seen the kind I bought at job sites that takes care of currently-used tools. I wanted one that uses propane so I could keep that on hand and not worry about battery operation that may fail.

I got a good quality, and not by all means cheap, Generac. The 212cc engine runs on propane fuel (that runs the generator for up to 9 hours). It has automatic low oil shutoff to prevent engine damage. According to the salesman, it is precision balanced for stability and effortless mobility.

Generac’s LP3250, also according to the salesman, is the first portable propane generator to bring together the benefits of liquid propane with an easy-to-transport design. The result is a surprisingly compact and easily maneuverable portable generator ideal for a variety of uses. Until now, the only options available required the propane tank to be separately carried, where it would then sit to the side of the generator while in use. The LP3250 incorporates a tank holder into the frame itself, so the standard size 20 lb. propane tank sits securely out of the way. It eliminates the hassle of a stand-alone tank and the awkward fuel line that goes along with it. Take the LP3250 along for outdoor events, camping or job site use or use it around the home for projects and emergency backup. So I will get double duty out of this device. Here are some other features:

  • Two 20 Amp 120-Volt 5-20R outlets and one 20 Amp twist-lock L14-20R outlet
  • Outlets are covered for protection from the elements
  • Muffler helps ensure quiet operation
  • Fuel gauge shows you when the generator needs refueling
  • Low oil pressure protection safeguards the engine from damage
  • Circuit breakers provide overload protection
  • Conveniently located fuel line quickly connects to standard size LP tanks
  • Dolly-style handles and low grab bar increase maneuverability
  • Handles fold down for compact storage
  • Rugged 1-1/4 in. hardened-steel tube cradle