Extension Cord and Oven Temperature

Old 07-14-12, 12:07 AM
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Extension Cord and Oven Temperature

I just bought a counter-top oven (a larger version of a toaster oven) that comes with a short cord. It is 1500W. I was wondering if using an extension cord would prevent the temperature to rise to the set temperature. For example, if I were to set the oven to heat up to 350F, with the extension cord the temperature might not reach 350F because of the added resistance by the cord. Thank you.
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While you really should not use an extension cord in this instance as long as you get one with #12 conductors there will be no problem with overloading the extension cord. Now the circuit you plug that extension cord in to MAY be overloaded depending on what else it serves.

As for the oven reaching the desired temperature, all the tabletop ovens I have owned had notoriously inaccurate thermostats. You might have to set the thermostat significantly higher than 350 degrees to attain that temperature. Get an oven thermometer and experiment.
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Is this the type roaster oven you have. If so I use one on a four foot cord and have no problem but as Furd said cord gage is important and so is length. They make short extension cords for window ACs (four feet) that would be ideal for this.
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If the extension cord or either of its plug ends gets warm then that extension cord is not heavy enough and you should stop using it immediately.

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