We finally got some snow last nite and this morning! No power outages, but I did pick up another 5gal diesel fuel can for the generator so I figure that was enough to ward off the power outtage grimlin.
Mtdew, is your heater electric? Ours is LP and of course has an electric blower, but our water is off of a 220v well so we needed a generator that would put out a fair amount. I ended up getting lucky and got a diesel 10k running, 12k surge generator for $500 because a guy who lived in the city (where there's 8' or less between the houses) thought the generator was too loud, and stinky. Works fine for me, I have it out by the pole barn. It will power everything in the house including the well, furnace, AC, and a welder. Some things don't like the power off of it like florescent lights and our microwave? The computers , tvs, and stove work just fine though.