I'm about to install an electric oven in our house to replace an
existing gas oven. The oven's installation instructions state that 8AWG
wire should be used to power with 40A breaker protection. Ok, makes
Here's the question: The oven has factory installed leads running out
of the oven via flexible conduit. There are two hots (a black and a
red), a neutral and a ground. The two hots are #12 wire, and the
neutral is #16! Is this safe to use, or should I re-wire to use #8 into
the oven? The leads are probably about 5-6ft runs.
More likely it's #10, and possibly a high temperature insulation, but in any
event, if it has a U.L. label on it, I'd assume it has been tested and is
safe. The internal wiring of equipment is done under different standards
than those used in building wiring
Agree, and would also like to ask why the heck anyone would ever
consider replacing a gas stove with an electric? I thought electrics
were only bought by people who lived out in the sticks and couldn't get
a gas hook up?
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My understanding is that electric ovens have better heat control while
cooking than do gas. Plus, I have solar panels producing electricity
for me :)
Sounds like the general consensus is that the #12 leads are OK. Thanks
for the help and responses, everyone!
Nate Nagel wrote:
I disagree; personally, I find adjusting a gas flame to be much more
intuitive than a rheostat controlling a coil of unknown resistance.
Also the gas burner has almost no thermal mass; if you want to stop
cooking something immediately (such as pasta that has achieved the
perfect level of doneness) on an electric, you either have to move the
pot to a spare burner or if there's none available, you need to have a
trivet handy. On a gas stove, you simply turn the knob to "off." Now
as for the oven itself, I can't say that I've noticed much difference,
although I hardly ever bake anything more complicated than a pizza
(that's the girlie's department.)
Now that is an argument I can respect; while I far prefer cooking with
gas, cooking for free is a good inducement to switch.
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Most high end kitchens are now dual fuel. Gas for the range and
electric for the ovens. It's clear to me why gas is preferred for the
range, but not so sure about electric for the oven. Perhaps it's that
dry heat is better for certain applications, like baking?
Actually for most bread baking wet heat is better, and a pan of water is
often used to humidify the oven while baking breads to improve the crust.
Gas makes a lot of moisture while burning and that helps keep the oven
I believe the electric oven is supposed to provide more accurate temperature
control than the gas, but my gas oven seems to do just fine.
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so you in the desert southwest? on or off grid? all solar or
how big is your battery bank?
I have a friend with a windmill since 1960, its largely ineffective.
his battery bank is a large number of used car batteries, done for cost
are you actually using a solar system to power your electric stove/
None of the above, just replying to the question. I am fixin to put about
a 100w system of some sort on a detached building however. It will be only
for a garage door opener and an 80w circulator pump on a solar heated
The wire in the flexible conduit is most definitely labeled 12 AWG.
Whether or not it is mislabeled, I don't know.
The labeling on the red wire is as follows. Black is similar if not the
12AWG E-44576(14) AWM 3173 600V 125C -- LL14432(14) CSA XLPE CL1251
125C 600V FT2
I think this means it is #12, rated up to 600 volts and 125 degrees
Celsius (so better ampacity than standard THHN, but 10A better?).
Thanks for the reply. The oven is UL rated, but I purchased it "open
box". I just want to make sure that the leads are safe.. it appears it
came from the factory this way by the way it was crimped into the
internal electronics of the oven (same crimps and crimp connectors as
others on the unit, very clean). But #12 just seems too small, thus I'm
Just installed one a few weeks ago.
If you read the instructions word for word, you may find. . . .as I did. .
.a short blurb to the effect that although the factory-supplied wire looks
to be too thin, it will do the job because of the superior insulation.
You want to second guess the manufacturers? After all the work and
research they went through?
More seriously, yeah, manufacturers are getting blooming cheap ass
these days. Like the inverter I got, the 12 volt DC leads weren't
heavy enough to run the inverter. Yeah, get larger wires.
Christopher A. Young
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