Ah. Well, in that case, do you have a nice well-ventilated storage area to put the genny and its gasoline?
A small metal building would do. If you leave generators in the weather, they tend to never run again the second season. And they go through gasoline
like no-one's business.
The gasoline storage ends up being a big problem. You don't want to stack it outside. But, on the other hand, storing a lot of gasoline in an unvented
storage shed can be quite dangerous. And you'll likely need to store gasoline sufficient for any expected power outage, in this case, at least a
couple of weeks.
It's been my experience if you can afford a natural gas genny, the gas feed to the house will rarely go down. I lived through Katrina in Pensacola and
while we lost power, phone and cable for over a month, we never lost gas. They're a bit more expensive, but the maintenance is far lower and you don't
have that pesky issue with gasoline you'll otherwise have.
Alternately, you might skip electricity altogether and opt for lanterns and heat if you've got the option. The net shows that Toronto has natural
gas, does your house have the option for a gas feed? If so, I'd have a low end gas heater put in. That will deal with your heat issues, and if you get
a barbecue grill tap, it also will allow cooking.
A picnic tank or two of propane can be kept safely in an outbuilding, and if rigged with the appropriate adapter, will allow you to refill quite a
number of 1 pound containers for running propane lights inside. As long as you're not shut tightly in a small room with one, they are safe to use
indoors, and quite bright.
eta: I had a 5kW genny during the Katrina aftermath, and two 55 gallon drums of gasoline. I didn't use it all, by far. But I might have needed it, you
just can't gauge. So I ended up having to burn the gas up in the motorcycle or car so it wouldn't go bad. If I had to keep 55 gallons on hand at all
times, I'd have to constantly cycle it to keep it from turning to varnish. It's an issue. It would be worth more to get a gas connection even if the
genny was more expensive. And you might be able to forego the generator totally.
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