We currently run our whole house off of a Honda 2000eu and it works great. We do have to run a larger gen when we need the well pump a couple times a week. About 15 minutes to fill the pressure tanks.
We burn 99.9% wood for heat but also need a backup system. I recently pulled out our direct (outside) vent propane heater (Empire brand) because it is a huge propane hog. Of course when we needed the heat the most (-50s) last winter, it puked and we froze up our water system.
Soooo...I am contemplating going to oil heat for a backup, a monitor or toyo or ?. (Would a drip stove be appropriate for backup only?)
As the most simple setup, I'm considering a 4 battery bank ,cheapo inverter and an automotive type charger (all in the basement). My first question: Is this realistic/reliable/a good idea?
Does a monitor/toyo need clean sine wave power or is modified sign wave good enough?
Secondly, I thought about maybe just putting a couple of lighting circuits from our panel on the same battery system so we have just a couple of lights for use in the mornings and before bed without the generator running. Would I then be better off going with a larger battery bank and putting in an combo inverter/charger with charge control, etc.?
I dont really want a big battery system because I like the quiet running and gas sipping of the 2000 watt generator and would rather not have a 4-5 kW generator chugging away...
Mr Pid, brav01, etc....any suggestions or advice?
thanks in advance...