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Generators and Inverters: Building Small Combined Heat and Power Systems For Remote Locations and Emergency Situations Paperback – September 7, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chastain Publishing (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970220359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970220356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top rate. Nothing like it on the market. Best of it's kind I've seen. --Lindsay Publications, September 2006

About the Author

Steve is a mechanical and materials engineer with 5 previous books regarding sand casting, metallurgy and furnace design. His popular "Small Foundry Series" is distributed in over 45 countries and is a favorite of home foundrymen, technical, art and engineering students. Steve regularly writes for various magazines including "Auto Restorer" and "Home Shop Machinist" among others.

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Plenty of good info here.
MC
As I said starts out good,but then the author seems to want to prove that he can do different things that have little to do with the stated purposes of the book.
Richard A. Spandau
This book is full of the back-of-the-envelope engineering calculations that one would need to do to build a successful home electrical generator system.
Ronald Clobes

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Clobes on January 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Steve demonstrates how he built a CHP power plant for his Florida home when a series of hurricanes ripped through that area. This book is full of the back-of-the-envelope engineering calculations that one would need to do to build a successful home electrical generator system. It is by no means a step-by-step guide unless you can find the specific engine and generator that the author used. Think of it more in terms of providing the vocabulary and ideas you'll need. The details are left to you the builder. Car engines are used as the basis of the CHP system. If you need something more robust, you may want to investigate the Lister clone engines made in India. This book would still provide many relevant details though.

This book is part of a series of books written by the same author. Aluminium castings are used to solve a number of construction issues so you'll want his book "Build an Oil Fired Tilting Furnace" and his books "Metal Casting: A Sand Casting Manual For the Small Foundry Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" in your library as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Donnelly on February 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was also living in Florida when the hurricanes came through and I was without power for 6 days. This book explains how to use any easily found 1.6L to 2.0L engine to create your own home power plant. As stated in a previous review, this book is part of an equally excellent series that I recommend you have in your library to effectively utilize it. Because of the ideas in this book I am now independent of the electric company as I power my own house! No more electric bills or power failures! I also highly recommend Alternative Energy Secrets by Mr. Chastain...full of wonderful knowledge and information.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tomas A. Maly on May 16, 2013
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I was excited to see this book originally when I bought it several years ago, but now that I'm seriously considering building a small generator (from a lawnmower engine), I'm not so sure I like this book.

The biggest issues are that for whatever reason, this guy is expecting you to fabricate your own metal parts from a foundry. This isn't realistic for most DIY type of people. We need something that is easily done and doesn't require any serious skill or equipment.

The book seems to go quite a bit into the mathematics of engineering a generator engine, and that's dandy (and way over my head), but I'd have preferred a simple tutorial of how to build a generator from a small lawnmower/ride-on mower/etc. Every day stuff, on the cheap. If the SHTF, can you build a generator out of readily available things? It would have also been nice to get into the DIY for how to add 120V, 230V, a water pump, a welder, etc. Serious welding and metalworking is all a bit beyond my skill level (I am only an amateur welder), but casting metal is just leagues above all that. I don't really see a point in suggesting those are fundamental to building generators.

The title of the book is "Generators and Inverters: Building small combined heat and power systems...." but the tiny portion that does cover inverters are entirely about how to choose one already on the market. It would have been nice to discuss how to build an inverter yourself.

If you want to actually do a project yourself, I would suggest finding and downloading as many videos on YouTube as possible.... You can make a generator and DC power source out of a lawnmower engine and a modified automobile alternator. A ride-on mower in the range of 12-16HP is far stronger than most small generators you can find on the market.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GkWEnergy on June 4, 2012
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This book packs an amazing amount of useful and accurate information into a small space. The data tables, charts, and illustrations although not always well groomed are better organized and more appropriate than I've seen in most university technical textbooks. A great gem to have on your shelf for more than one reason.
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