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Generator to furnace hook-up
Can it possible be this easy?
I have a 5000 watt Honda EB series generator and an oil fired two zone furnace in my home. In the event of a long term power outage I run my refrigerator and chest freezer as needed with extension cords. I am looking for a way to power my furnace in case of a long term winter outage.
I was trying to avoid the use of a transfer box due to its cost and the fact I can do everything I need now except the furnace through a cord. This is the solution that I thought of and I would like your comments on the feasibility, safety and legality of doing it.
My furnace is on a dedicated 15 amp circuit breaker. My plan would entail cutting the romex that leads from the furnace to the electrical panel and installing a mail plug on the furnace side and a receptacle on the panel side. During times of commercial power the furnace would be plugged into the receptacle. During outages the furnace could be plugged into the rated receptacle on the generator. There is no issue with back feeding. The furnace would be run like this every few hours just to maintain a livable temperature and to allow for hot water for quick showers.
Comments and criticism on this idea?
Edited 8/31/2002 7:41:41 AM ET by CIMARRON8889
Edited 8/31/2002 7:43:19 AM ET by CIMARRON8889