stray0176 wrote: I saw a post on here somewhere about building a box to put a loud generator in, or something like that. If I can find a generator that would be cool
Everyone keeps posting about deep cell 12v batteries. They look like golf cart batteries. At least they look smaller than a car battery. I'm thinking about looking into one of these things.
OK I 'splain it a little...
Deep cycle batteries are not any particular size or shape.
Basically, "starting" batteries, like cars have, are designed internally to provide short bursts of extremely high current, ideal for cranking a car engine. They don't do as well when used to provide smaller amounts of power over a longer period of time.
Deep cycle batteries are designed to be good at delivering lower current for a longer time, which is what you need at a camp for lights, fans, radios, etc.
New, it's gonna run you roughly $1000 for the little 2000-watt Honda generator. (Yamaha also makes good quiet portables.) If you have no use for it other than the Burning Man trip, that's pretty pricey. Second hand, IF you can find anyone who wants to sell one (hardly anyone does!) they still fetch $700-ish. They only weigh about 50 pounds and have a nice carrying handle, so stealing one is a lower-cost option and fairly easy to do.
You can buy much cheaper units, especially second hand, but they are no bargain, they're wasted money because they make NO power when you and your neighbors can't stand to listen to them running! There are always plenty of cheap generators for sale... this is why.
Yeah you can put an insulated box around it to quiet it some, but it'll still be obnoxious as hell. They need lots of air for cooling, you can't totally enclose them. NEVER buy a Coleman or other "camping" generator! LOUD! And I'd stay away from the cheaper Chinese ones too. Poorly made, no parts availability.