Let's talk generators

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  1. Squashtowner

    herp derp

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    My wife and I are looking for a generator for our camp. Shomerh8ng around 4500 to 4500 watts. Walmart, home Depot and Costco all sell Finman generators, and all the reviews I've seen online are pretty damn good, especially for the price.

    Any experience with them? Or suggestions?
     
  2. Grifter

    Bluh?

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    Yamaha generators. So quiet, so easy on fuel.

    You're paying more but getting something that will last forever.

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  3. Squashtowner

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    Yeah, I'm not paying $4000 for a generator for my camp.
     
  4. Grifter

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    Can always pick them up second hand. :shrug2:
     
  5. Sue

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    We learned this the hard way. Do you have a heat pump? If so, check to see if it is compatible.
     
  6. Squashtowner

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    It's for our camp. Basically for lights and to run power tools when we're working on it.

    The building is 24 x 32 double concrete block wall with a 14' ceiling and 8" thick flat reinforced concrete roof. It's nice and cool in there all the time and we have a wood stove for the colder days.
     
  7. v-mac

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    Jesus. That's quite the construction for a "camp"
     
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  8. Squashtowner

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    It's the control building for an MT&T microwave tower. The tower is long gone, but the building is a bunker. We're safe from the zombie apocalypse there. It's nice and quiet, about 8 km outside town in the woods.

    In it's heyday it looked something like this:

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    We took it over for taxes, and learned masonry work to fix what the kids beat out of it.

    Built in 1954, it sits on one full acre of land. It's pretty cool.

    This is all that remains of the old equipment, where the wires fed out to the tower.

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  9. Boots

    www.reality-check.ca

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    Neat place to own
     
  10. RoryTate

    Buffer the streaming media unto me.

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    Holy crap, does it come with a missile silo as well? :)
     
  11. BlackFire

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    That is awesome!
     
  12. Squashtowner

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    Everyone tells me that when everything goes to shit, they're going to our bunker/camp.

    We're even growing potatoes and onions in the back yard, and have nearly 30 vines of hops growing, so I can make beer this fall.
     
  13. Squashtowner

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    We also built a bar, barstools, wall things and a bed out of old pallets.

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    It's difficult to find any real info on the building, but I found some. It was built in 1954 as part of a Trans Canada Microwave relay system. They built one every 48 km to allow for the curvature of the earth. From Sydney to BC.
    The entire system was replaced with modern technology in the very early 80s.
     
  15. RoryTate

    Buffer the streaming media unto me.

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    I never thought I'd know a doomsday prepper freak. :)
     
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    Ummmm you’re just gonna buy a bunker and not invite us?
     
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    If the world goes to shit, I'll let you know its location
     
  18. Matt30

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    Canadian tire had 6500w Champion generators on sale for like $800. I'm not sure if they are any good though
     
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    Champion seems to get really good reviews.
     
  20. Scott

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    I've had one since Juan. Works great. havent had any issues with it.
     
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    Costco
     
  22. Matt30

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    I took my own advice and bought one last night :lol: I read a bunch of reviews. the only negative one I came across was a guy using it for continuous use, probably like your camp day in and day out and it bit the dust after 550 hours of use.

    That's fine by me. I want one for power outages and small stuff. I will likely never put that many hours on a generator
     

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