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Topic: 10 guage wire (10 msgs / 171 lines)
1) From: Peter Zulkowski
My new  Kilogram roaster project will be using 10 gage wire for all the 
electrical heater connections.
Seems that using this wire allows the roaster to heat about twice as 
fast as stock wiring.http://homeroasters.org/php/forum/viewforum.php?forum_id2PeterZ
Wishing he could get this project finished, here in LHC

2) From: raymanowen
If I build a house in Ray's World, it will have 10-Ga to all the 120v, 15-
20a wiring devices, or I'll have the only trailer in the park with 240v
wiring and euro appliances. Then I will discard all the 120v heating
Not to worry- your PID or On-Off controller would just keep the heat turned
on longer to compensate for the sub-sized wiring in the roaster. Wow! The
short wiring runs in the roaster must have been really undersized to cause
such a noticeable change, and/or some execrable connections that you
What's "stock wiring" in something you're building?
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
My trailer is the only one in the park with 3 phase power! Borrowed leg C
from an empty space two rows over.

3) From: Peter Zulkowski
Since I came across a run of 10 Ga stranded underground-code wire in a 
thrift store, everything I am putting together will have 10 Ga guts.
Letting the current flow, here in LHC
raymanowen wrote:

4) From: Aaron
IT was written:
Since I came across a run of 10 Ga stranded underground-code wire in a 
thrift store, everything I am putting together will have 10 Ga guts.
code wire huh?  Does this mean we will need our secret Captain America 
decoder rings to decypher  it before we can use it?
sorry... couldn't pass that one up.
On that topic though,  if one is going strictly by 'code' in their 
projects etc etc.  Know that the wire gauge will also have an effect on 
'limitations' etc if you are running it through conduit or other things 
like that.
also for those using variac's to control voltage to their roasters... a 
lower power factor is a nice thing to put on an analog power meter if 
your electric company still uses them :)

5) From: Peter Zulkowski
Not sure of the code thing.
The wire looks like heavy lamp cord, and has written on it every few 
feet that it can be used underground.
It also says it is 10 AWG.
It is only two strand, but I have seen electric heater things both 
grounded and ungrounded.
I would like it better if it said it could be used in high temperature 
So far I am just trying to keep it cool where it is being used.
If it melts I will let everyone know.
Aaron wrote:

6) From: raymanowen
I love it. 10-Ga is good, and my C leg would be neither Code nor Kosher but
it works. ro
On 4/2/06, Aaron  wrote:
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the
Wichita WurliTzer

7) From: raymanowen
If you don't go tooo far underground, it's not hot. So high temperatures
will melt the insulation for sure. For your project, run this stuff to a
junction box where you splice it to high temperature appliance wire that
goes in the heat.
Neither insulation can stand any abrasion, so beware of that- stake it down=
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
"When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Might=
Wichita WurliTzer

8) From: Dean
Unless it is marked with something else, I wouldn't assume any higher 
than a 60C rating for the insulation, and limit the ambient temperature 
that this wire is running in to no more than (rating minus 10C) or 
50C/122F.  This is based on my reading of the National Electrical Code 
I am not a licensed electrician or anything else--your mileage may vary, 
void where prohibited, subject to change, etc.
raymanowen wrote:

9) From: dballard
This may be a little more than you want to know about wire gauges but it 
may be useful.http://www.powerstream.com/Wire_Size.htmDean wrote:

10) From: dballard
I forgot to send this the last post but there has been a lot of 
discussion about voltage drop on the list. This is a voltage drop 
calculator that should predict the voltage at the end of the line.
The 1/2 circuit length is the length of the cord.
Say you plugged into a wall outlet you can assume it is a 12 gauge wire 
and has 120v.
You add a 100' 14ga extension cord,
the cord on the roaster is 6' and 14 ga so the input would be
14ga wire,
12.5a for the IR2.http://www.csgnetwork.com/voltagedropcalc.htmldballard wrote:

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