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THE WILD DOG

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cycling question Mon, 05/21/12 12:13 AM (permalink)
ok, I think I have OVERKILL on my equipment list. My gen is 8000 regular & 10k surge, and can handle 50 amps.
 
My question is about cycling. Do I need to be concerned about the fryers or the steamers cycling or just the equipment with motors ?
 
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    Dr of BBQ

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    Re:cycling question Mon, 05/21/12 7:07 AM (permalink)
    I'm not sure I understand your question, but by Steamers do you mean steam tables? If so they will kick on and off but will draw far more on initial start up than at any other point in your work day.  If you concerned about surges in your usage start one item and wait 10 or 15 minutes before you turn on your next big power using item. I wouldn't think a generator being capable of producing more power than you need could ever be a problem. It's the other way around that kills a generator.
     
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      Dr of BBQ

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      Re:cycling question Mon, 05/21/12 8:33 AM (permalink)
      There are a variety of power meters for reading how many amps your equipment is using, they are sold at most big box stores and hardware stores.


       
      Here is a plug in load tester

      <message edited by Dr of BBQ on Mon, 05/21/12 8:37 AM>
       
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        Bistro a go-go

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        Re:cycling question Mon, 05/21/12 12:28 PM (permalink)
        youll need to be concerned about everything including low voltage stuff like lights. electric motors pull more on startup than running as well as all compressors for refrigeration. if your fryers and steamers are electric, also more on startup but if you dont throw a breaker at startup, cycling wont be an issue.
         
        docs suggestion of waiting a cpl pf mins is also a good idea but unless fryers are electric, i wouldnt worry about it unless throwing breakers.
         
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          THE WILD DOG

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          Re:cycling question Wed, 05/23/12 7:35 AM (permalink)
          I'm more concerned that I have too much wattage vs what my gen can handle. I've got a guy who told me that I need a 25000 watt generator for the equipment I have. I'll list it.
           
          Countertop food warmer ( electric )
          Fryer (electric)
          48" beverage air work top fridge ( electric)
          24" beverage air prep station ( electric)
          GE water heater ( electric )
          cash register ( electric )
          ge 5 cu ft freezer ( electric )
          exhaust fan ( electric )
           
          my amps total out about 45 and my normal use wattage are 7000.
           
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            Dr of BBQ

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            Re:cycling question Wed, 05/23/12 7:49 AM (permalink)
            Who ever told you that is wrong you have room to spare. Is your truck plugged in at home at night? If so your coolers and freezer are both at temp. And your GE water heater ( electric ) is hot. Now if everything were off for 12 hours and you fired it all up at once you'll have a surge in power usage, but you should still be ok, close but ok.
             
            Who ever this person was didn't know your total amps usage  or something. Was it just a guess on his part? I think your worried about nothing although lets see what others think.
            jack
             
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              Dr of BBQ

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              Re:cycling question Wed, 05/23/12 7:56 AM (permalink)
              If you want to whack off some amps from the usage side go to a propane water heater.
               
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                THE WILD DOG

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                Re:cycling question Wed, 05/23/12 10:17 PM (permalink)
                 
                Equipment Volts Watts  Amps



                Steam Table 120 1200 10 Fryer 120 1800 15 Freezer 115 1500 13 Prep Table 115 460 4 Prep Top Fridge 115 517.5 4.5 Heat Lamp


                Register 120 240 2 Water Heater 120 1500
                Exhaust Fan 120 45.6 0.38











                TOTAL
                7263.1 48.88






                TOTAL
                <message edited by THE WILD DOG on Wed, 05/23/12 10:20 PM>
                 
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                  Dr of BBQ

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                  Re:cycling question Wed, 05/23/12 11:37 PM (permalink)
                  So your good to go. No make that you should never have a problem until you run out of gas. LOL
                  jack
                   
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