We have been without power since 1 am. Setup the Gen to power the fridge and a couple lights. Need more extension cords. Edit Update: Have power back now after 13 hours and I have found some issues with my preparations for a power outage. Here they are: 1. Need to be able to power my internet/wifi during power outage. I will need to run a cable to the garage for the box there and one to my wireless router/office. A couple of extra extension cords should fix this as I have power strips for distribution. 2. Need to be able to provide power to my stove (gas). It will not work without power. 3. Need to see about powering the gas furnace. Will need an electrician to do this as it needs to meet code. See if I can have an external power connection added so I can plug the gen into it. Maybe add a receptacle and i can build a custom male/male extension cord for it. Furnace and Fan draw 8 amps peak, 5 amps continuous. What went well: The 4KW Champion gen I picked up a couple years ago on sale at Cabela's worked great. I cranked it up every couple hours to keep the freezer and fridge cold, run some lights and and watch a little TV to check on the weather. About 4 hours total run time and used about 1 gallon of gas. Noise was not bad, could barely hear it in the house. Hooking all this up i am looking at a 25 amp max draw so the gen should handle it fine. Nothing like having to execute a contingency plan to see where your shortcomings are.