MES extension cords

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mummel, May 12, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    If I were to use an extension cord on the 40 inch 1200 watt model, what gauge is required?  I already own this cable.  Would it work?

  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It might.... 12 gauge wire is pretty good.... but..... the voltage drop over 100 feet may screw things up.... you also have to consider the length of wiring inside your house that adds to that length... are you plugging into a 20 amp outlet.... that will help... it's 12 gauge wire... 15 amp outlet is 14 gauge.....
  3. sota d

    sota d Smoking Fanatic

    Looks like that would work-the amp rating is good. If you went with a shorter cord you could do 14 gauge. Just make sure the amp rating is more than your smoker and that it is a grounded(3 wire) cord.
  4. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    As Dave mentioned, you might not want 100' cord. I use a 14ga cord with no problems but it is only a 20' cord. I have seen cords catch fire on construction sites from drawing a high load over a long cord for too long. 
  5. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I also have a regular Coleman orange cable, I think 25 feet, but I dont know if that will do the trick.  It kept tripping my Toro 1800 (15 amps).
  6. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    A 1200 watt masterbuilt will only draw around 10amps so it "should" work on most quality extension cords. Also, the element will cycle on and off so it is not a constant 10 amp draw.

    You could get a cord like this for $20 and be good to go:

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  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    It its only 10amps I'm sure that 100' cord will be fine.  Its an $80 cord.  Otherwise I will get the one listed above.  Thanks.
  8. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    This is the exact extension cord I use with my MES 30 Gen 1 and it works fine. I have two outdoor power outlets and use this for the front of the house outlet. Good recommendation, BMaddox.
  9. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    As @DaveOmak  said you have to take into account the wiring to the outlet in the first place. Wire sizes are typically based on 50' runs (depending on the local code). If your run is 200' total than 12ga might not be enough. That's why I always use a short cord with my electrics as I don't know the exact run to the outlet.

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