I live in Northern CA (Redwood Valley).
I just bought a WEN DF1100T 11,000/8,300-Watt 120V/240V Dual Fuel Portable Generator, because of PGE’s plans to turn off power in cases of fires. Power could be off 5 days or more, so they say. After the last two years, they have to do something different and shutting down grids makes sense.
The generator has a 120/Volt 30A and a 120V/240V 50A outlet. I know it has others for extension cords.
My panel is a GE 100 watt. It has 2 double 60A, 1 double 30A and 8 single 20A breakers. In the event of a black out I would use 1 of the 60A (well connected to a sub-panel), the 30A (home, no major electric appliances used; hot water—propane, heat-wood) and 2 20A breakers.
I plan to install a plug receptacle to the panel, a double 50A circuit breaker and a generator/panel interlocking switch. Then connect to the generator (grounded by its self) to the 120v/240 receptacle with a 8 gage extension cord to the panel receptacle.
Or should I use the 120/V/ 30A with a double 30A circuit breaker in the panel with #10
gage wire instead? I would rather be overkill than under, just in case.
Obviously I am not an Electrician, but I know my way around different types of electrical wiring and panels. I am a retired Painting Contractor and have been around the Trades most of my life. I know what I need to know about all the Trades
Thanks for any clarification and or advice about my installation project.