gijsen
Just running this idea up the flag pole for feedback. I noticed that the highest CCA a 26R has available is in the low 500s. I have a Generac 5875 arriving next week. The bed is ready and gas has been roughed in. I have a unfinished basement with no plans to finish. I was planning on running a battery heater matt, but as my generator will be close to a outside wall, I thought about simply buying some heavy gauge wire and placing the battery on a shelf inside my house. I would have it sit in a tray mounted high on the wall and would use a sealed Absorbed Glass Matt AGM battery, I understand they are not fully sealed, but from my reading the gas they produce is so low that they are are allowed to be used in sealed enclosures. This will keep the battery in peak condition in the harsh Wisconsin winters.
Thoughts? Do I need to get more sleep?
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Skip Douglas SkipD
gijsen;11193 wrote:
Just running this idea up the flag pole for feedback. I noticed that the highest CCA a 26R has available is in the low 500s. I have a Generac 5875 arriving next week. The bed is ready and gas has been roughed in. I have a unfinished basement with no plans to finish. I was planning on running a battery heater matt, but as my generator will be close to a outside wall, I thought about simply buying some heavy gauge wire and placing the battery on a shelf inside my house. I would have it sit in a tray mounted high on the wall and would use a sealed Absorbed Glass Matt AGM battery, I understand they are not fully sealed, but from my reading the gas they produce is so low that they are are allowed to be used in sealed enclosures. This will keep the battery in peak condition in the harsh Wisconsin winters.
Thoughts? Do I need to get more sleep?
Notice that I also live in Wisconsin.

I run a standard Group 26 battery in my 5416 generator (early 2008 vintage - 18kW on natural gas) and don't have any problems at all. For the first year or two that we had the generator, I did not do anything beyond Generac's design and had no problems. I did note that the generator was a little sluggish in starting at around -20°F, but I never had a failure to start.

Since then, though, I've used a warmer blanket around the battery along with a switch that turns it off above 35°F. That makes the starts in the dead of winter as good as in the summer.

I also disabled the Generac charger in my 5416 generator and replaced it with a Schumacher battery maintainer. The Generac charger constantly overcharged the battery and the maintainer does not.

I would not put a battery inside the house.
Skip Douglas
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gijsen
Thanks Skip,

If you have not had a problem, I will not worry about it, I will leave it outside with a heater blanket. Thanks!
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bucdup
I would lose more sleep over the coming Wisconsin winter!
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Skip Douglas SkipD
bucdup;11199 wrote:
I would lose more sleep over the coming Wisconsin winter!
Nah. I like plowing the snow with my big garden tractor..... :D

Of course, it helps that I'm retired and can do it anytime I want to instead of when I [U]HAVE[/U] to. :rolleyes:

Speaking of winter and generators in one breath, though, I might show again what I've done to mine to avoid having snow packed into the battery (and electronics) compartment again:



The plexiglas baffle really helps as that end of the generator is facing west and sometimes gets a blizzard blasting at it.
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genme
SkipD;11200 wrote:
Speaking of winter and generators in one breath, though, I might show again what I've done to mine to avoid having snow packed into the battery (and electronics) compartment again:
Did the snow get in there during generation operation, or during standby?
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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Skip Douglas SkipD
genme;11201 wrote:
Did the snow get in there during generation operation, or during standby?
The generator was not running during the blizzard that filled the battery compartment. However, after the blizzard I went out to manually test the generator and it would not even crank, much less start running. Pulling the front panel off revealed why. The battery compartment was nearly filled with snow.

After I cleaned most of the snow out manually and then blew warm air (with a hair dryer) into the compartment to melt the rest and get rid of any ice covering the regulator's orifices, things worked properly.

Since building and installing the baffle, I've not had any similar problems.
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gijsen
Skip,

I like the cover! A friend of mine just had his 5875 dropped off two days ago and his compartment will face due west, so I am going to copy him in on the picture. My opening will face south and I never have snow built up in that area.
I do not mind doing snow either, but I do have a tractor with a 42 inch blower and a cab on it!
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ceb58
SkipD;11200 wrote:
Nah. I like plowing the snow with my big garden tractor..... :D

Of course, it helps that I'm retired and can do it anytime I want to instead of when I [U]HAVE[/U] to. :rolleyes:







How do you feel about raking leaves? I've been looking at those leaves around your generator for a year:D :D :D
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Skip Douglas SkipD
ceb58;11207 wrote:
How do you feel about raking leaves? I've been looking at those leaves around your generator for a year:D :D :D
I [U]never[/U] rake leaves.






I simply chop them up with the mower that's under my big John Deere garden tractor. :D
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HKFever
SkipD;11208 wrote:
I [U]never[/U] rake leaves.






I simply chop them up with the mower that's under my big John Deere garden tractor. :D


Leaves are the "Pain", and acorns are the "Misery". :D
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rico567
SkipD;11208 wrote:
I [U]never[/U] rake leaves.






I simply chop them up with the mower that's under my big John Deere garden tractor. :D


My leaves may or may not get chopped up by the Dixon. Here in Central Illinois we have a free, very efficient leaf disposal service. Works really well out in these rural parts, you may have heard of it- we call it "wind." By the time the gentle Fall breezes are done, all my leaves are in Douglas county.
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genme
rico567;11211 wrote:
Here in Central Illinois we have a free, very efficient leaf disposal service....we call it "wind."
LoL
Model 5875, Nexus controller, 999cc Engine, 20kW LP, 2011
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d11gnccer
rico567;11211 wrote:
My leaves may or may not get chopped up by the Dixon. Here in Central Illinois we have a free, very efficient leaf disposal service. Works really well out in these rural parts, you may have heard of it- we call it "wind." By the time the gentle Fall breezes are done, all my leaves are in Douglas county.


I didn't realize how great this free service was untill I moved from the country to the suburbs when I moved out and bought my first house a few years ago.
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