# Thread: Cable sizing for a stove.

1. Using this same procedure the max amperage for a 6mm cable is 41 amps.

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2. I've been looking at the wrong table. Using table 6.3(a) the max current for the 2.5mm cable is 23 amps using installation method 2. Same solution though, needs to be protected by a 20 amp cb.

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3. The maximum for 6mm is 3 8 amps unless you surface mount the cable

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4. Originally Posted by Leecatt
You are correct the max rating depends upon the installation method.
According to your diagram the cable is a 2.5mm twin core and earth and is to be installed into conduit on a wall.
This means I have to refer to table 6.2(a), installation method 2.
The maximum current is limited to 24 amps.
In my world this requires a 20 amp circuit breaker for protection not a a 25 amp.

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In this case you are 100% correct in selecting the 20A breaker. I thought you were saying it is incorrect (under any conditions) to use a breaker that is more than 20A on a 2.5mm2 cable, because in other methods a 25A C/B can then be used to protect a 2.5mm2 cable.

5. Let me clarify my problem here:

I've got burners and an oven.
Burners rated current=25A
Oven rated current= 15A
Total rated current=40A

I wanna use 1 cable (Multicore PVC Insulated cable, unarmoured, one two-core cable, single phase) to supply power to both the oven and the burners.

Lenght of cable from DB to isolator is 6meters and from the isolator to the burners and oven is less than a meter

Installation method to be used is Method 2.

When I select a cable for this installation I find that a suitable cable for this combined load is a 10mm2 protected by a 45A C/B. Now, i've never seen a 10 mm2 used for a stove before. Am I right with this cable size for a stove? Am I right in using the combined maximum rated current (40A) in sizing this cable? Where am I missing it?

6. Originally Posted by @SamboLindoh
Let me clarify my problem here:

I've got burners and an oven.
Burners rated current=25A
Oven rated current= 15A
Total rated current=40A

I wanna use 1 cable (Multicore PVC Insulated cable, unarmoured, one two-core cable, single phase) to supply power to both the oven and the burners.

Lenght of cable from DB to isolator is 6meters and from the isolator to the burners and oven is less than a meter

Installation method to be used is Method 2.

When I select a cable for this installation I find that a suitable cable for this combined load is a 10mm2 protected by a 45A C/B. Now, i've never seen a 10 mm2 used for a stove before. Am I right with this cable size for a stove? Am I right in using the combined maximum rated current (40A) in sizing this cable? Where am I missing it?
This is a good exercise as it has made me revisit those darned confusing tables.
Now I see them in a second light and it's all fallen into place.

If you use single core cables inside of conduit instead of a multicore cable, as you said you were going to install conduit, then your rating changes.
The rating for a 6mm single core cable, installation method two, becomes 41 amps. Table 6.2(a)

Normally the conduit and Flexi conduit will run from the distribution board into the oven and the rest of it is joined together with internal cables which usually have those heat-resistant cables and plugs.

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7. Maybe I missed something here, from the opening post I thought this was a discussion around the trailing cable recommendation in the manufacturers instructions, I didn't realize you're asking about installing the entire circuit from the DB.

8. Hi Leecatt,

9. Hi AndyD,

No problem, thanks for your participation.

10. Just an observation and a subsequent question. In Canada we use the wattage information for load calculations when it is on the nameplate data. Also one of the things happens a lot here is manufacturers of the tops and oven are different and the two are not designed to be connected to the same circuit as there is no approved overload devices between the units to prevent the top from drawing too much current from a breaker that would be to large for the top itself. The question is are you allowed to load a breaker and conductor to 100% in a residential application? Here the breaker is not allowed to loaded to more the 80% in residential but the conductor can be loaded to 100%. In commercial the breaker and conductor must be sized to 125% Do you do anything like that?

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