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Old 2016-07-11, 12:18pm
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Can I use my Bluebird XL kiln on an extension cord? I don't own this house so installing another outlet is not an option. Thank you in advance for any and all information.
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Old 2016-07-11, 12:48pm
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Can I use my Bluebird XL kiln on an extension cord? I don't own this house so installing another outlet is not an option. Thank you in advance for any and all information.
I do that with mine. I use a heavy duty 12 guage wires.

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Old 2016-07-12, 5:27am
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As long as the extension cord is labeled as being able to carry the current the kiln requires and you don't have it underfoot as a trip hazard or to get damaged from walking on it.


Normal house hold outlets can deliver 15 amps so I would use something marked "Heavy Duty" and only a couple of feet longer than you really need.

But remember that house outlets are often in a strings of 5 or 6 so make sure no other major appliance is on the same string.

Microwaves, toasters, dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines or dryers will all draw enough current to pop the circuit breaker if they run at the same time.

Also keep your nose alert because some older houses don't have wiring that is "up to code".

My own house had a problem with an outlet that had incorrect wiring and when I set up 5 strings of Christmas lights one of the outlets started to very slowly over heat.

Took me a week to realize it and it could have been very bad news in this 140 year old house.
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Old 2016-07-12, 5:35am
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I have been running my Chili Pepper on an extension cord for a month or so until I figure out exactly where I want it and get my new outlet put in. No issues so far. Get as short of a cord as you can get away with, and look for a large diameter as you can find as well. Something 12 or 10 gauge.
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Old 2016-07-12, 6:04am
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I run mine on an extension cord as well, heavy duty outdoor, 12 or 13, can't recall which. Works fine on an outdoor outlet and I don't risk blowing any fuses with the household stuff
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Old 2016-07-12, 11:37am
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I kinda combined. It's not an extension cord. I have mine plugged into a surge protector. I have a chili pepper, too.

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Old 2016-07-12, 3:44pm
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Thank you everyone. I lost everything I own to a house fire years ago and am in no hurry to do it again. This home is about 10 years old so the wiring is pretty good. I will get a heavy duty extension cord and give it a try. Thank you again.
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Old 2016-07-12, 3:48pm
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I will also add that you tend to get what you pay for with those kinds of things so don't go low budget if you can help it.
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Old 2016-08-10, 4:58pm
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I agree with Phill.

Buy something UL rated and probably orange.
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