Extension cord question

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by markyque, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. markyque

    markyque Smoke Blower

    I need to move my MES 30 off the deck and into the yard.  It's about a 20' run to the outlet.  What gauge cord should I use?
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    #12 should be fine....  
     
  3. markyque

    markyque Smoke Blower

    Thanks Dave!
     
  4. bigtimtx

    bigtimtx Smoke Blower

    I use a 15' 12 gauge on my 40" MES all the time (no outlet closer to where I cook) that gives me about 20' with the MES cord...
     
  5. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    I'd need a 50 footer to reach my garage if it rains.  Am I going to lose some power?  I really can't afford to. 
     
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Go to a Big Box Store and ghet the heaviest guage you can , the 12ga. will do, but the hevier ones will carry the voltage with less resistence...JMHO.
     
  7. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    I grabbed a 50 ft 12 ga at Menards for $27 yesterday.  We'll see how well it works tomorrow if it rains.  I'm going to do some spare ribs with Butt Rub.
     
     
  8. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    50 footer is fine. No loss of power. I want to say it got hotter faster butt there wood be no reason for that. Its just warmer out tham my previous smokes. Not sure how to add pics so no q view.
     
  9. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    50 footer is fine. No loss of power. I want to say it got hotter faster butt there wood be no reason for that. Its just warmer out tham my previous smokes. Not sure how to add pics so no q view.
     
  10. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    Easy enough to figure out. Just before wrapping for 1-2hrs. I'll hit'em with a little more apple & water in an hr. They look a tad dry.
     
  11. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Another possibility is to install a permanent outdoor outlet on a pole, burying the electrical line with a breaker on a separate fusebox if it is a repeating thing, and not rely on an extension cord.  I did that at my house up north to plug in my circulation water block heater for my two cars; extension cords would short out with the -45 below weather.  
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
  12. dcarch

    dcarch Smoking Fanatic

    Don't forget to add a GFP (Ground Fault) outlet.

    dcarch
     
  13. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Absolutely!  I used a GFI circuit breaker; too cold on the outlet.  (the outlet would pop and couldn't get the outlet to reset).
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013
  14. ron burgundy

    ron burgundy Fire Starter

    Temp got north of 260 a couple times. Could be more tender.
     

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