I need help coming up with a realistic amount of copper on hand for a story. I have a fictional company that makes propane powered generators that range from the size of lawnmowers to the size of cargo vans. I have no idea how much power these could generate, but that doesn't matter.
To make them, I assume they will have a lot of copper wire on hand. I found a place that sells 5000 foot spools of 22 guage copper wire for 40 dollars, which is just about what it's worth to recycle (3.177 cents per pound this morning).
The point I'm trying to make is that there is enough copper wire sitting around to justify the need for a compound style layout to the place. To do that, I need some idea of how many of these copper wire spools they might go through in a week. To do that, I need some idea of how much wire is in a small generator. That's where the whole thing falls to the ground. I can't seem to find anything that tells me in a way I understand. Yahoo answers* had a question about copper in a 230KW generator and the answer was 1000 to 3000 pounds. Mine are much smaller than that, but I don't know how to describe them accurately as far as output.
*As I once saw on Twitter: "Yahoo Answers - For those times you need to know what some random guy more or less reckons."