Wow! I Was Without Power From Only Christmas Eve Morning Until The Day After Christmas And That Was Bad Enough. The timing wasn’t terrific.
I bought my generator about 25 years ago and it stays stored for sometimes a couple of years at a time. You can’t buy one when everybody needs one. I have probably really needed it only half a dozen times. I stay stocked up on gas because I use it for mowers and snow blowers, anyhow.
It can run my furnace and two refrigerators and my well pump if necessary, along with a couple lamps. It’s a pain to get everything hooked up, but the alternative’s not that great.
Fortunately, I have an artesian well (300’+ in rock) that dumps crystal clear water at a rate of several gallons/minute, just a natural flow, no pump running. I get drinking and cooking water, toilet flushing water (if the lake’s frozen) without even hooking up the generator.
I’ve got a couple of propane Coleman lanterns and several spare gas cylinders.
When you got ice, we got snow, 10" powered by 40mph wind. I was sure we’d lose power and I couldn’t picture working outside with the generator.
If I ever build a new house, I’d definitely install an automatic whole-house natural gas powered generator.
Well, that year’s history! Happy New Year!