While at Harbor freight getting some stuff, I noticed 12 gauge extension cords. A 10 footer for 9.99 and a 25 footer for 19.99.
The cover on the cord seems kinda thin...looks like you can see the bumps of the 3 wires under the cover. Exactly how my 100 ft extension cord looks after many years of coiling and uncoiling the cord for use.
I was tempted to save some dough on the heatstick build by getting the 25 foot extension cord to wire up the stick to a switch and a plug, but am not sure if the cord would be suitable for using in the heatstick.
Lowes has the bulk 12 AWG for about 1.30/ft, have not looked at it, but I'm sure it has better insulation and would be more suited for use in a heatstick placed in boiling wort( I imagine the inside of the heatstick pipe gets pretty hot).
Has anyone seen those Harbor Freight 12 Ga extension cords, and are they too cheap to use in a heatstick?