Help buying a generator for power outages
After the last ice storm here in the Northeast, we are in the market for a generator. We had an electrician come out and install a Reliance transfer switch. Now, what do we buy to hook up to it....
Looks like these are the options:
1. Buy a propane-fueled generator. We already have a propane tank that runs a decorative gas stove in the living room, so we could tap into that existing tank. We like this idea because it avoids the need for storing gasoline, but we cannot find a propane generator at any local stores. We've found two on the internet, one called "JD-tek" and one called "All Power America" (both made in China). We're not too comfortable with buying something online from a company we've never heard of.
2. Buy a gas generator from, say, Honda, and convert it to propane.
3. Buy a gas generator and forget the propane option.
We need 6000 watts, which will enable us to run the bare essentials (well pump and furnace). We probably get one or two outages a year - the longest was 3+ days.
If anyone has any tips, pros / cons or other suggestions, we would appreciate hearing them...
Thanks in advance.