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hobsonstcroix
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October 20, 2017 1:19 pm  

Needing to conserve on fuel and spare our generator from running too many hours, we are trying to come up the best way to maximize run time, fuel and fridge cooling time.

Do you have a schedule you follow to maximize both?


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ironheadUSVI
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October 20, 2017 3:03 pm  

Freeze bottles of water and move them to the refrigerator part when powered down. Like a giant cooler.


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LiquidFluoride
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October 20, 2017 3:26 pm  

Needing to conserve on fuel and spare our generator from running too many hours, we are trying to come up the best way to maximize run time, fuel and fridge cooling time.

Do you have a schedule you follow to maximize both?

If you aren't getting into your fridge often you only need to run it for like 4-6 hours a day.

Freezing bottles during that time and moving them to the fridge is an excellent idea. (I do it will gallon jugs of water, make sure you put the frozen stuff as high as possible in the fridge for maximum effect)

Alternatively there are generators (inverter generators) that run based on load... these save a LOT of fuel but require buying a new generator.

You can buy portable solar generators as well that would power your fridge for "free" during the day.

I use a mixture of all these techniques for my house 🙂 (except my generator is not cooperating... so I don't run that much anymore).


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STTsailor
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November 2, 2017 6:17 pm  

What are portable solar generators?
Brand?


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LiquidFluoride
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November 3, 2017 1:00 pm  

What are portable solar generators?
Brand?

Here's a few:
http://www.jpost.com/PromoContent/8-Best-Reviewed-Portable-Solar-Power-Generators-for-2016-439477

I don't know anything about them other than that they exist.

My Briggs and Stratton Q6500 inverter generator powers my fridges from 5pm to 7am and uses about 2-2.5 gallons of gas over that time period (plus it's surprisingly quiet).

The upfront cost was high, but it's been very nice to work with. I can run two days on 1 tank of gas with the way I'm currently using it.


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