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« Reply #45 on: April 15, 2015, 10:35:10 PM »

Something else to thing about.  I'd go with a  cheap genny as the warranty will cover any real problems.  However, thing about how you will get and safety keep fuel. My 3kva petrol takes 1l per hour at load, but not that much less off load.  However I tend to use the gas genny, as the fuel comes in safe easily moved containers that somebody else buys and maintains.  And it's cheaper.  3 x 20kg bottles is around 60l of fuel.  
I haven't looked for a while, but gas conversion kits on eBay were popular.  
Some videos show people just piping the gas straight in!
3 freezers?  We've weened ourselves down to a fridge freezer and saved around 400/yr.  We now compost the veg/fruit we don't eat and buy a tiny amount if we need it in the spring.
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« Reply #46 on: April 15, 2015, 10:42:52 PM »

Yeah i am actually looking at lpg gennies

Well we could probably get down to two freezers :p
one for us and one for the pets
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« Reply #47 on: April 16, 2015, 12:04:23 PM »

It doesn't sound like you're willing to compromise much on consumption while living off grid.
In this case I don't think any investment in batteries or inverters etc will be worthwhile given the potentially short usage time. I'd just go with the smallest generator that will run your biggest load and put in a small throwaway 12V system with a few old car batts to run lights etc when the generator is off as has already been suggested.
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« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2015, 01:10:25 PM »

It is somewhat frustrating for me, when i lived alone with one cat i could have lived with such a light footprint
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« Reply #49 on: April 16, 2015, 10:17:48 PM »

.... on the long run , its about  4 p    per kwh    for battery  kwh   ontop of  the rest of gear  for an off grid  setup  , PV should be below 10 p  per kwh  allready ...

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