04:48AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 12/31/04
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We live in a manufactured home anbd heat with an Advantage ll-T Whitfield pellet stove. I have looked on the web and have a general idea of how to figure the wattage, but I am not exactly sure if I am correct on the amount of watts needed for start -up to include in the calculation. Could someone please help me in the correct calculation. Also what would the best generator be to purchase to run the pellet stove. Thank you.

Jim D

11:16AM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
Winston59 - hi, the electrical label on your stove should indicate if the stove has a "starting" or surge wattage that's different from its normal operating wattage. To answer that question as well as to find out what type/size generator may best suit your needs, you may want to contact the store where the stove was purchased, or even the stove manufacturer.

I don't have any personal experience with pellet stoves. I'm guessing your normal electrical load is any air circulating fan that helps push the heat out away from the stove. The fan motor shouldn't surge too much. If your stove uses some sort of heater element to ignite the wood pellets, like the element in a cooking stove or water heater, then that wattage should be listed on the label and you'd need to account for it as well as the fan load.

I'm sure you're not the first person who's wanted to obtain a generator to use with a pellet stove. Good luck and Happy New Year! Jim D/West Point, VA


04:44PM | 01/01/05
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
here are some backup power options just for the pellet stove. great for outages, instead of firing up the generator.length of run time depends on size of battery (s).

also try your local solar power source or electrician.


10:22AM | 08/12/14
I just wanted to let you know that that is very smart of you to install a generator now. We had a big ice storm hit our area when I was growing up and we were not prepared with a generator. There was no electricity for 3 days and it became miserable very quickly. We actually ended up having to go to a neighbor's house who did have a generator because our house was so cold.
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