Lacking a transfer switch, If I pulled the main on the circuit breaker box and fed the power from a generator through an exterior plug, What could go wrong?
Understood...It would have to be locked out for safety. Just keeping options open with temps in the single digits for the forseeable future....might have to improvise. Thanks or the quick response.That will work, just have to be cautious not to turn on the switch when energized with your genset, you can electrocute a linesman working on the system down stream.
Generator is 3500 watt gasoline powered. Nothing remarkable...The only 220 I have is the stove, and we'd be using the back up gas stove in the basement. I'd basically be powering the refrigerator, freezer, and furnace motor, as well as one or two lights. Cord is heavy duty outdoor rated 20 foot grounded extension cord that I'm going to wire an outdoor rated male plug to what now has the female end, It would be plugged in to a 110 exterior outlet with GFCI.Your primary question has been addressed.
Tell us about your generator and cord. How big is the generator and the cord you're connecting to the house? You may be needing to add a couple more steps or change a couple parts to make yourself safe and have the generator do what's needed.
E.g. If your cord and the plug on the house is 110v, you'll only be powering 1/2 of your breaker box. Make sure you turn off all 220v circuits.
Lots of other thoughts but tell us about your genset and cord(s) first.
Running electric stove primarily due to the fact that it was there when we moved in. Prefer cooking with electric, but have the gas in basement for back up...Wish I could join you in being a former NY'er lol...family obligations preclude that for now.OK, you sound good. BTW, why are you using an electric stove if gas is available? I haven't checked lately but I thought gas was running cheaper then electric.
Watch the motor start-ups. An ele motor starting up runs 2-3 times it's rated wattage. E.g. A fridge may be a 1/3-1/4 HP motor (which is pretty darn efficient), but... starting a 1/3 HP motor requires 2x the power to get it spinning. That means a fridge running a 1/3 HP motor will need 2/3 HP to get going (which equals 500 watts).
On a side note, I was born/raised in W. NY. Lived mostly south of Buffalo but lived in Allentown for a couple years as well. I've never regretted the day I moved out of NY...