I picked up a 5000 watt genset a while back. Need to get it out and fire it up. It's not much, but it'll keep the fridge going and a few other things.
Will it power your well pump? That's usually the heaviest draw unless you have an electric hot water heater. Have a siphon hose that you can use to acquire more gas as needed.
I picked up an old Sears 7500watt generator several years ago for $250. The guy said it had problems but ran well. The engine(18hp 2cyl B&S) ran great. I bought it for the engine. Being overly curious I troubleshot and repaired the wiring and got it working correctly.
We lost power for more than a week during and after the Hurricane last year. My 4kw ran for one day and died(recoil seized and tore up the whole mechanism). The backup 4kw ran for several hours and just died(intake valve keeper slipped). I got out the 7500 and wired it into the house and it ran for 10 hours a day for 5.5 days. It used 1 gallon of gas per hour but I could run everything except the electric water heater. On the third day I experimented. I turned off every thing and then turned on the water heater, it worked okay. After 45 minutes the tank was hot. I switched off the water heater and put everything else back on. We all took showers. It was well worth it. I fixed the two 4kw generators this year. In my basement I have 13 generators, ranging from a 2kw that is an original attachment for my Chor Trak two wheeler to a 25kw powered by a 1948 Continental 6 cylinder. Like my tractors I got carried away with acquistions. I can't pass them up, especially when half of them were free because they didn't work, just like my tractors.
I believe in being prepared! Weather conditions seem to be getting more extreme and our modern society is very fragile. I remember an ice storm in DEC73 where even the state University was without power for finals week. A poor State Trooper was stuck in his car for 24 hrs because everything was extremely icy. These kinds of things can be mitigated by having a few of the right supplies such as a coffee can of sand in the car to add traction as needed.
I recommend everyone have a woodstove and a cord of wood in their basement. Heat rises so the entire house will be warmer. Add a generator that can handle your well pump and you can be semi comfortable. If it can handle your water heater you will be comfortable. Have two weeks of food in the house and several days worth in the car. Keep a sterno type stove and a small pot in the car with a box of instant oatmeal packets and you'll get by. Add candles, a pair of insulated coveralls, winter boots, an insulated coffee cup, cocoa mix and a windup radio and you can be comfortable. I have in the house and in the car alot of supplies incase of who-knows-what?
Kenny, I urge you to use Marvel Mystery Oil in the gas. I have found it to make a big difference some times. I also run the tank out of gas when done with the engine. The storm is supposed to hit us and the temp will drop tommorrow. Good Luck to us all.