Welcome to the DoItYourself Forums!

To post questions, help other DIYers and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our DIY community. It's free!

how big a generator would I need?


dwdanby's Avatar
Member

Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 17
WA

11-21-13, 03:32 PM   #1  
how big a generator would I need?

I am looking into a generator - or several - to power about 40 small electric heaters for a tent city of homeless. These would be very small heaters that would run continually - no thermostat, they would never fully heat up a tent in the winter weather, just improve matters somewhat. (I would get the ones with a safety tipover switch, though.) How big a (portable) generator would be required? Would I need more than one? Any advice would be welcome. Thanks!

 
Sponsored Links
stickshift's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 18,479
WI

11-21-13, 03:47 PM   #2  
What's the draw on the heaters?

 
lawrosa's Avatar
Super Moderator

Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 17,607
NJ

11-21-13, 04:46 PM   #3  
Hi.... IMO your better off going the propane route for what you intend... We have a tent city here also and they use the portables...


Mike NJ




"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them".


- Albert Einstein



 
Pilot Dane's Avatar
Group Moderator

Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,684
NC

11-21-13, 05:30 PM   #4  
Well, if you figure 1'200 watt heaters 40 x 1200 equals 48kw. Since I hate to run machinery at 100% I'd shoot for a generator that can output that at 50-75% load. So, you'd be shopping for a 60 or 75kw generator. Not cheap. Then add in the heavy cabling required to distribute that much power and don't forget ground fault protection since you'd be providing electricity in a wet environment and the price continues to grow.

Do you have any idea of the fuel consumption for a generator of that size? It will not be cheap to feed.

 
Search this Thread