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Oven installation says use 8 gauge wire, but it is a 30 amp circuit

Oven installation says use 8 gauge wire, but it is a 30 amp circuit

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Old 12-12-11, 05:19 PM
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Oven installation says use 8 gauge wire, but it is a 30 amp circuit

My ikea whirlpool installation guide says to use a 30 amp circuit for models rated 7.2kw and below for 240 volts. The oven I have says it uses 5.1kw at 240 volts, so I am planning on using an available 30 amp circuit already at my board.

It also says in a warning statement to use 8 gauge solid copper wire in the installation guide and on a sticker taped to the wires coming out of the back of the oven.

Here is were it says the info:
Whirlpool Installation Instructions - 8303102-004 - YouserGuide

Whirlpool Installation Instructions - 8303102-005 - YouserGuide

I'm planning on using 10-3 however, because it is only a 30 amp circuit and it is much cheaper and easier to junction. Is this ok? I am thinking this is ok because of what I read on this post:

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...en-wiring.html

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Old 12-12-11, 06:25 PM
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The specified "8 gauge solid copper wire" looks like an error to me, I'd also use 10-3 NM B cable. When was the last time you saw #8 solid copper wire other than bare ground wire?
 
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