Recent lurker & learner here, and now, new Sense user as of about 10 days ago. Spending way too much time getting a handle on this new (to me) tool. Already impressive, and with seemingly great future potential. That said, I’m glad I was aware of the often lengthy period for device detection – and so with realistic expectations about that, am pleased whenever something new is identified! I’ll post elsewhere, maybe in Feature Requests, about future support for mechanically interlocked (portable) generators. In the meantime, my Sense monitor seems to be working reliably with the aux. CTs monitoring a recent garage addition (240V sub-panel) via DCM.
I also have a pretty simple Z-Wave based home automation setup here (mostly lighting plus a couple of other items), running on Indigo software, hosted on a headless Mac-mini server.
Residing in Central Texas, the February deep-freeze (Polar Vortex) convinced me that I needed to ‘get my house in order’ as it were, with regard to backup power, methods of connecting that power, etc. A small generator and some extension cords seemed good enough in the past, but they just didn’t cut it when it came to 6 degree weather and three days of rolling blackouts, not to mention a transformer failure in the midst of it all!
I got a kick out the the original post in this thread talking about BBQ! So on that front: I currently have a Yoder Smokers pellet smoker. Used to have a stick-burner, but the pellet smoker is way cool and does a fine job (as long as you have 120V to power the auger feed mechanism!). I’ve enjoyed BBQ all over the country, but am still partial to the TX style – simple dry rub, then low & slow on the smoker. That KC ‘Q’ and burnt-ends are pretty tasty too!
Anyway, Sense fits right in with my longtime tech interests and consulting career, and has already confirmed my rough estimate of (upgraded) generator power needs. So off to a good start.
See you in the forums. -Sonny