I'm not bragging about it - but If you are without electric for the first or second time - That is the way life is. Where I am, it is a 3 or 4 times a year event. Mine has been out since tues afternoon. We (as a lot of you) are undergoing a really good ice storm and the trees are being trimmed by Mother nature. A lot of you won't be able to read this thread until your power is restored in a few days. I got tired of it and a few years ago I bought a used generator set that was bieng replaced with a bigger and more reliable one at a fire house. I got it really cheap from the construction company because it was a natural gas powered unit. They would have kept it if it was gasoline or diesel and used it on construction jobs. Converting it to LP was no problem. I didn't get all the transfer switch and those controls. Now. when my power goes off - I flip a switch to start the unit and then transfer my sub-panel to it. It isn't a lawn ornamate type of generator and sits behind the house in a small shed I built for it. Better Homes and Gardens probably wouldn't approve - but I really don't care. My closest neighbor is about 1/4 mile away and he's got a portable one. My total investment was less than $500 and I did all the work myself. No, I don't know where to get another one but if you know an electrician, ask him to keep an eye out for one or try E-bay. This is one of those things you don't think about UNTIL the power goes off. I've got enough propane to last until April.