MES and extension cord

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by freefout, Oct 22, 2014.

  1. freefout

    freefout Newbie

    Got my MES 30 on the way. The closest plug to my deck is 80 feet away through the garage. I got a 100 foot #10 guage outdoor cord. Would that be ok to use? Thanks!
  2. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    That heavy cord should handle it nicely.

  3. It should work. I know you are going to enjoy your MES. I see many years of great Q in your future.

    I would check to see how your temps run.

    Happy smoken.

  4. freefout

    freefout Newbie

    Thanks for the input.  I've read several posts that some guys use 12 gauge 50' cords without any problem.  I do not want to take any chances on decreasing the life of the element.  I plan to run service out there sometime but I don't have the cash now for that much direct bury wire. 

    Last edited: Oct 23, 2014
  5. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use a 25', 13 AWG outdoor cord to connect my MES 30 to one of my outside power outlets with no problems. With the other outlet I can plug it in directly. I know that I've been advised that it's fine. I don't know much about extension cords and electrical devices so I don't know how using the wrong cord could adversely affect the heating element and I'm not sure how to Google that scenario.

    Anyway, I've had my MES for over two years and it's just been as good and as fun as I was hoping it'd be when I ordered it.  I wish you the same experience I've had.

    You have a nice cord there. 10/3 100 foot that would almost cost as much as your smoker. Depending how it is rated according to a voltage drop calculator at 100 feet you would have 3.148 drop in voltage That's less than the normally allowed 3%  these numbers are at a 15 amp supply. When finished smoking pick up and lock up your cord.

  7. freefout

    freefout Newbie

    Thanks for the replies everyone.  What are the electrical requirements of this smoker?  I don't see it anywhere in the manual I found online (mine is still on it's way).
  8. Earlier you stated your MES30 is on the way. Check your data tag on the back . It should be 800 watts. But for further info Watts divided by voltage  = amps    800 watts divided by 120 volts = 6.666 amps.    jted
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014
  9. smokerjim

    smokerjim Meat Mopper

    I use a 100ft. extension for my mes so i can use in garage,not even sure what gauge it is,probably to small, but haven't had any problems yet,never even gave it a thought,maybe i should look into a bigger chord. good luck

Share This Page