Heavy duty extension cords and electric smoker?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by louie d, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Has anyone used a heavy duty extension cord say 12 gauge or even a 10 gauge with the MES and if so was there any changes with the unit.Thanks for any info
  2. Sorry for the post.Did a search and found the info I was looking for.Seems if I use 25 ft or under I should be fine.
  3. nepas

    nepas Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Cool you found your answer.

    I have used a heavy duty ext cord for years with my Bradley and MES. Lowes has a nice yellow HD with clear plugs and bulb indicator.

    Have fun and SMOKE ON.
  4. I have a 1500 watt Smoke Hollow that I run with a 20' 10awg extension cord with no issues. Would not go any smaller than 12awg.
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2015
  5. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to use a 25' at work for the MES. Seen no issues, just make sure you don't overload the circuit. It seemed to draw a couple more amps with the cord.
  6. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    In the winter I run 100' 10 gauge to my shed,for my smoker no problem.

  7. hank2000

    hank2000 Smoking Fanatic

    I run my mes and my mes cold smoke kit on the same 12g cord about 20 foot long have not even treped the breaker
  8. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    I ran a 100 foot 12/3 cable the other day.  Zero issues.  Didnt get warm at all. 
  9. vartz04

    vartz04 Fire Starter

    Loads like hearing elements are the least affected by extension cords. You don't have start up currents (like say an air compressor or a fridge) so as long as you have less than 1500 watts and its under a 100' run you should never have a problem as long as you use at a minimum a 12 gauge cord. Just for reference if it's a 15 amp circuit in your house most of the time the wiring will be 14 gauge.

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