Re:New to the game! What can you tell me about generators/batteries? I'm all ears!
Wild Dog had some great advice! In addition to that-and since you're right across the swamp from me-get a big one. A great one, that's plenty big. Think about the other stuff you'll have-additional fans (for makeup air for the hood), cash register/pos, lights, pumps, possible future equipment, etc.
What kind of food are you doing? What equipment will you have under your hood? Also-more AC might be something you'd like to consider...we know how hot and humid it gets...doesn't hurt to add in enough AC in the planning stages.
When I did mine I figured my genny would get lots of use. Sometimes maybe even 10 hours a day. There are tons of cheap generators that you can get that have more than enough power but have a bit of a short life span. You might be ok with having easy to replace, initially cheaper genny's and thats perfectly ok. I opted for a heavy duty diesel genset, permanently mounted and made to provide enough power for everything I could think and doing so cleanly and efficiently. I bought a 10,000 watt unit that, when fully loaded, gets about a gallon an hour. Add in a 20,000 hour lifespan, 500 hour maintenance intervals and the quietness and I'm just about golden!
In my honest opinion-there are quite a few things you can skimp on. Something like a generator-that you'll rely on in the most adverse conditions-should be the best you can afford. Hope that helps!