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BV001360

10:41PM | 06/19/13
Why dont you just use a 30 amp breaker...

if it trips, you know not to use so many burners on high.

putting a 40 amp breaker with 30 amp wire deserves a couple dozen kicks in the groin.

-Barry Obama

BV001463

11:30PM | 07/02/13
Yes, you must run a 40 amp circuit. I run into this all the time as an electrician. People will buy a stove, dryer or other appliance only to find they do not have the circuit for it. Wire ampacity ratings, circuit design and demand factors are designed to protect you and your property. It often cost hundreds more than the appliance to run the circuit, depending on the location, building type, etc. And I would not put anything above a 20 amp circuit in wiremold, it is just too dangerous. It always amazes me how people think they can be electricians. I actually got a degree in business from a top ranked university,and was admitted to Law School, but getting my electrical licenses was much harder. I can pass all the code tests easily, but it really takes years to get practical experience. It really is easier to become a lawyer, doctor or engineer, plus you don't have to work hard. So if you think you'll just make something work electrically, its not that easy.

BV001582

10:11PM | 07/16/13
BV001463, you really think highly of your profession, don't you? Some of us are better at one thing than another. Get off your high horse and be helpful, and leave the derogatory comments out. What's the point in insulting those who are asking for advice? I'm sure there are things that you have tried, and will try, that you don't already know everything about. You learn by trying.
Back to the question at hand, the breaker should always be matched to the wire supporting the load. If the wire is 10 gauge, it should be on a 30 amp breaker. If you leave it this way, it will work. However, you WILL pop the breaker on a regular basis, you WILL void the warranty for the stove, and if you have a house fire the insurance company will probably blame it on your insufficient wiring (regardless of whether that's the cause or not) and they probably won't pay. SO, while the 30 amp circuit will work, upgrading the circuit is highly recommended.

BV001726

07:42PM | 08/01/13
What about getting a dual fuel stove? Its nice to cook with gas on the top. Then the #10 would likely work, depending on the electric oven requirements. In other words if you have to run something new, why not a gas line? Of course you would need a pro to do the gas work.

BV001738

09:37PM | 08/02/13
No. 10 AWG is rated for 40 amps. NEC states that it can only be installed on a 30 amp breaker due to derating of 60 degree wire

BV001790

04:31PM | 08/10/13
You guys are a bunch of evil experts, cut the man some slack, I say give it a whirl the way it exists with the 30 amp breaker, it'll just trip in the worst case and still protect the wire, as for the "expert" electricians on this post maybe consider the term 'safety factor' as it exsists to cover your ass when you knobs fuck something up

BV001796

10:19AM | 08/11/13
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BV001821

04:09PM | 08/14/13
What about anyone who comes after you. If the breaker trips over and over, what do you think will be the first thing they would do? Get a larger capacity breaker of course. Ampacity ratings of wires for circuit breakers are reduced largely because a 30 AMP breaker won't trip at 31 AMPS. It could take hours of slightly over current conditions to heat up the breaker enough to trip but the wire can be cooking.

BV001844

04:36PM | 08/16/13
You gents are aware that p0ps posted that question over eleven years ago, right? His house has undoubtedly burned down long ago. It's a valuable discussion for future generations, to be sure, but addressing the OP seems futile.

(Sorry to jump in, but I've seen more than a few old threads revived in my life, but this one is downright ancient!)
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