Well that is an incredible amount of information.
As it stands right now I'm probably going to hook up just the four batteries and use the fifth to rotate in. I like that idea primarily because both I bought 5 batteries, and I think it adds to the resiliency of the system without further purchases.
So based on that it probably throws of some of your calculations, however I am going to need to let your post sink in so ill have to wait to clarify for you, but I have been thinking of keeping that inverter I have and using it singularly with the extra battery should the need arise.
Besides it sounds like you are saying that the batteries I have (if i had the 6 for 600 ah) could use a bit more panels than i have. So my guess is that downsizing to 4 makes the system more fitting. However, I am going to guess that the 4 batteries at 400 ah couldn't be used to run a well pump? I havent really been considering usage of a well pump, im more thinking that i will just use a pulley and a pvc bucket from the well. I guess
So do some of the emergency applications i have mentioned lose effectiveness when i reduce to 400 ah ?
It sounds like in the winter my system will barely be able to do anything other than power up some minor electronics. and i am ok with that. i spent months camping in cold weather, and i have a basement which is a little more moderate than outdoors, I could probably hook it up to a pellet stove and I have been interested in adding a wood stove anyway.
Thanks to everyone so much for helping, and bantering. I don't mean to criticize anyone as i said in the conversation about CFL. You all have helped me appreciate the true cost of electricity as has trying to develop this system. I do not believe we pay enough for grid electricity when we consider all the factors, and CFL's do have something to say about that.
My batteries arrived today. Whew! Heavy. So now I have the main components (tho i will need a new inverter still, brands, specifics?), and I am ready to get started. Does anyone know of a good video that shows exactly how all these components are pieced together? A comprehensive look at the wiring? I guess what confuses me the most currently is the wiring of the breakers. For some reason i can't picture that.
PS- have any of you ever seen the biolite camp stove? I just got mine in the mail today. its a cool gadget havent been able to try it out yet. It allows you to boil water over a little stove with a generator in it to charge USB devices. it also powers a little fan and an internal battery for the fan.