powering outside wood burner during power outage

Old 09-10-13, 04:30 PM
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powering outside wood burner during power outage

I have an outside wood burner that heats the house, and it just has a 120 volt 15 amp cord end that powers a fan. I was wondering if I could hook that up to a on off on toggle switch? One position being the utility power and the other position being a generator power? I could just have a male cord end sticking out the bottom for generator cord to plug into. I would only power the fan, this would work right? Just wire nut all neutrals together, hot from fan to common terminal, hot from utility power to one on position, and hot to generator pigtail to other on position.

Old 09-10-13, 06:10 PM
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Why not just have a cord and cap on the fan with a receptacle for normal power.
When you need to run it on the generator..... just unplug it and plug it into the generator.
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Pj's method is far safer than the one proposed by johndeere69.

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