HSLDS it you heat your house with LP or Nat gas, you can get a conversion kit from US Carbueration (sp) and convert your generator to run on LP or nat gas, I have a 5500 watt B&S that I did it on and it was a life saver, and you don't have to worry about the LP going bad, they have two different kits, one you can only run on LP or Nat gas, the other is gasoline, LP or Nat, that is the one I have, it ran about $200 and it was very simple to install
We had a bad ice storm hit us last week, it sure was nice to have that little thing purring along
I'ver already looked at those kits... interesting they are...
Right now I have three small gen-sets (1500 ~ 3000 watt units) and I have in-line plugs that I disconnect for each item (heater, frig, etc.), but one unit wired in to the feed for the heat and the frig with a gen-set left in place would make for fast and easy change over.
I am ASSUMING this meets electric company isolation requirements...
My generator is wired directly into my homes electric panel and provides 240Volt power the same as our utility provides. I think that if you are just going to switch 110Volt you are going to have to run some sub panels. It could be a nightmare to set up and to switch with to say nothing about being dicey with the electrical code.
The sub panel is easy. Just set the single leg to carry the 120V to the two or three circuits that are critical.
The real issue is to keep local power company happy with the 'disconnect' - they really hate it if there is a chance to 'back power' up the line - potentially hurting or killing someone working on the wires.
I used an 8000 welder in ice storm in 2000 for 14 days.
Plugged in breaker box and pulled the main switch to avoid
back feed. Wouldn't run central heat or elec stove but everything
else and no extension cords all over.
Anyone who objects to this thread should experience 14 days of dark,
cold and quiet except for trees breaking. If U haven't experienced,
just have a little patience with those of us who have.