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  1. Guest

    My son has a pellet stove, and it is great except for when they lose power.This sometimes is for days, and when it happens during the Winter we can usually count on seeing them over here for the duration of the outage. It's always nice to have them visit but I would like to help them to be more self sufficient if possible.

    He tells me that during startup the ignitor requires 500watts, but once thething is cranking, the blower and auger take about 250watts. If this were to run off an inverter though I don't know what the 12volt side would require. I have a 2000VA UPS that is not being used right now. It uses 5 12volt 7AH batteries. If I used 5 sealed group 24 or larger automotive type batteries and except for the initial 500watt startup demand I am drawing approximately one quarter maximum continuous load, the inverter shouldn't overheat and therefore should be able to run continuously. Given this scenario, can anyone venture a guess as to how long he'll be able to run the stove beforethe batteries drop to the point that the inverter shuts down? Thanks, Lenny
  2. mike

    mike Guest

    Too many variables.
    The devil is in the details...

    Many UPS systems are designed to run your computer just long enough to
    shut it down.
    Running it at 1/4 load helps, but it is CRITICALLY dependent on the
    specific design.

    What's the inverter voltage? 5 batteries is an odd number, but the
    likely voltage is 12V, not 60V.

    I'd go with deep cycle batteries. A 100AH 12V battery is 1200 watt-hours.
    If the inverter is very efficient and the batteries are new, you'll
    get 4-hours run time per battery. To run it for 4 days, you'll need
    24 batteries.
    If it doesn't run continuously, you should have stated that and factor
    that in...details...

    And do you really want to sit around for 4 days in the dark watching
    the stove and smelling the stuff rotting in the fridge?

    Get a generator.
  3. gregz

    gregz Guest

    The blower on my gas furnace is about 300 watts. Starter is minimal. With a
    120 AHR battery, I could get about 4 hours running time, but that's a bit
    too long for good battery life. Powered off solar, which is not going to
    recoup in one sunny day.

  4. Guest

    Not sure about the bigger batteries. But 5 x 12V @ 7AH is
    5*12 = 60 V * 7 A *3600 seconds ~ 1.5 x10^6 joules. Divided by 250 wattsis about 6000 seconds, a little less than two hours, (assuming 100% efficiency)

    As Mike said, get a generator.

    George H.
  5. josephkk

    josephkk Guest

    Feeding the generator with fuel for 4 days is no joke either. Even at a
    hopelessly low fuel consumption of 1 gal/Hr that is about 100 gallon of
    fuel. Decently useful size backup generators require huge fuel tanks for
    a few days of continuous operation.

  6. Guest

    A propane or natural gas powered generator makes more sense if there reallyare that many failures. Or, maybe run an invertor from your car battery and generator, easy enough to do if you keep your car gassed up when weatheris threatening and you have a place to park the car outside close enough to the house for a reasonable number of extension cords from the generator so you don't have too large a voltage drop.
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