I asked my buddy who owns an elecrical company this exact question yesterday. Basically, stay with at least 12 guage and keep the length under 25 feet if possible. He said if he put an other receptacle on my deckk (right next to the smoker) that it would be about the same as running a 12 guage extension cord 15 feet or so... Shaun
Originally posted by GLH: I have mine plugged directly into a GFCI outlet on the back patio, 20 feet from the breaker box on a 30 amp breaker. I still only get 235* peak temperature!
GLH - what smoker are you running (I hope not amerique...) as I just ordered that one and I certianly hope and trust it can get up to the setated 300 degrees...(I like to cook my chickens and turkeys at higher temps)
went to home depotand couldnt find a small 12gage cord so I went with a 9ft 14gage ext. will this work if yes im gonna do my first smoke tonight .If not its going into the outlet atached to the house unfortunatly to close to the window and smells up the house(well i dont think it does)but someone else does. Ray
Ray, your Smokette draws 500 watts. With 120 volts, and a 9 foot 14 gage extension cord the total voltage drop across the cord will be .19 volts. That's negligible. You're good to go. Just let 'er rip.
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