Originally Posted by kerklein2
And the NEC rates 14AWG for 25A with 90C insulation. Regardless, it's a chest freezer and is probably something like 5A.
This is true, but mandates a 15A overcurrent device.... The 25A can be used when applying the derating/etc rules. Still only available to supply 15A though.
What your describing is commonly called "lamp wire". Similar to: http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/202206453?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=lamp+cord&storeId=10051&N=5yc1v&R=202206 453#.UUUHTVfwCF8
You probably shouldn't strip the jacket though, as its not intended to be... It will no longer meet code as it isn't marked (if thats a concern for you). Given the availability of proper wire, I wouldn't bother with it but its up to you.