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Old 01-06-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Heatstick 12 gauge electrical wire/cord?

You guys have any favorite online or B&M stores that sell inexpensive 12 guage power electrical cord. I'm planning to build a 2k watt heatstick but I'm having a tough time finding electrical cord that can handle 18 amps. I can assemble the plug if necessary. Home Depot only has 14 gauge wire. Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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I use 12-2 SJ cord. Works fine for me. Stays very cool to the touch and have not had a single issue with it.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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You may not be able to find a pre-assembled cord there, but check the bulk wire. My Home Depot has wire all the way down to 6/4 (maybe even bigger). I bought 12 gauge by the foot there and assembled the plug.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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redalert, If you need shorter cords, Lowes and HD sell them. They're appliance power cords. They're usually limited to 5' in length, but up to 6 awg.. 18 amps is very close to the 20A limit for #12 wire, you might be better off using 10/3 SJ cord (which my local HD has). You can also get that from a local electrical supply house (if there is one near you, that is). I have on occasion, made a "temporary" cord using Romex (or NMB) which is available a little more readily and by the foot at HD/Lowes.
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Old 01-06-2011, 08:43 PM   #5
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A 12 gauge extension cord will work fine for a 2 kW heatstick. Usually they are underrated because they don't come with the 20A plug, which has a horizontal prong. As long as your outlet and in-wall wiring are rated for 20A, such as typically found in the kitchen, then you are good to go.
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I bought a 14 gauge extension cord rated at 1875 watts. I know I'll get some heat from all the electricians but can I get away with using the 14 gauge for the 2k watt element? The 12/3 extension cords were like $50 and only came in 25feet. I didn't see any loose (on the roll) cable either. Last time I asked the HD clerk he said the largest for electrical appliance cord they had was 14 gauge.

BTW: I will exclusively be using my kitchen gfci outlets rated at 20 amps to power this heatstick.
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You need to find another clerk next time. I bet he probably didn't realize smaller gauge's meant larger wires.
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I bought a 14 gauge extension cord rated at 1875 watts. I know I'll get some heat from all the electricians but can I get away with using the 14 gauge for the 2k watt element? The 12/3 extension cords were like $50 and only came in 25feet. I didn't see any loose (on the roll) cable either. Last time I asked the HD clerk he said the largest for electrical appliance cord they had was 14 gauge.

BTW: I will exclusively be using my kitchen gfci outlets rated at 20 amps to power this heatstick.
I know a guy (cough cough) that used 14 gauge extension cords for 2000w heatsticks without isuues...yet I guess. He (cough) has had no problems.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:26 AM   #9
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I got 35 ft of 10/3 SJOOW cable from this guy on ebay for 35 shipped

http://shop.ebay.com/milspec_direct/..._from=&_ipg=25
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:59 AM   #10
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I know a guy (cough cough) that used 14 gauge extension cords for 2000w heatsticks without isuues...yet I guess. He (cough) has had no problems.
That's all I needed to hear. If I burn my house up I have only myself to blame. But hey for beer it's worth burning up my house anyway.
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