# Cost in Electricity to cook a Turkey?

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1. ### homestarmy Diamond Member

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Hey all, I was wondering if you smart people might be interested in helping me figure out approximately how much it would cost to cook a turkey in an electric oven. I googled and can't seem to find an answer and I'm curious. I know that cooking things in the oven can take a hell of a lot of electricity.

First, we would need to make assumptions, such as the size of the turkey. I don't know off the top of my head what the standard size generally is, but if anyone can come up with a size, temperature and tell how long it would be cooked for, we would then need to figure out how much power it would pull to get the oven to that temperature.

At that point, we'd have the energy used from the electric company, and would just need to figure how much is spent per kWh which is easy to find.

Any help? Thaaaanks!

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\$10 at worst

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3. ### alkemyst No Lifer

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I seriously hope you aren't splitting costs with your guests.

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First you need to know the draw of the bottom element in your oven. You can attach an Amprobe onto one of the legs (L1 or L2) at your service entrance. Most residential circuits in the USA for kitchen stoves are 50A 240VAC.

Do keep in mind that you will probably be using stove top burners along with the oven so if you go by total draw on your stove circuit it will skew the results of \$/turkey cooking period!

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5. ### altonb1 Diamond Member

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Cheap Bastard FTL

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Why not?

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7. ### josh0099 Senior member

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probably more like \$2 at the worst...

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why do you really care how much it takes?

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9. ### drnickriviera Platinum Member

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Bake elements will run around 2000 watts. So worst case. 2000watts @ 4hrs = 8kwh * 10cents/kwh = a whopping 80 cents

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10. ### Anubis No Lifer

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turkey fryers use no electricity

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Most lower elements are 3kW and the broiler (upper) element is 2.75kW (not used in baking). 4 hours is probably a good round figure for the average stuffed turkey of 15 pounds. 23 pound monsters are going to be close to six hours.

Sure but they have 250mbh burners running on LPG.

Whatever you do, if you have a self cleaning oven don't hit CLEAN. :laugh:

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12. ### imported_LoKe Lifer

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\$10 if you intend to cook a person, perhaps.

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13. ### preCRT Platinum Member

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That's easy, a turkey is about the size of an alternator

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14. ### FoBoT No Lifer

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you cares
use all the electricity you need to

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15. ### jagec Lifer

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But the instructions said "clean the turkey", and the oven had a setting for "clean"!

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16. ### spidey07 No Lifer

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A lot less than that, the elements aren't on full blast all the time.

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17. ### ConstipatedVigilante Diamond Member

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Are you honestly worried about how much it will cost? You already had to pay for the turkey if you're cooking it...

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18. ### Freejack2 Diamond Member

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From: http://www.clarkpublicutilitie.../Archives2007/07_11_11

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Kill-a-watt?

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20. ### Eli Super Moderator<br>Elite Member Super Moderator

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I'm pretty certain that the broil element is active while baking, it just doesn't glow. At least in my oven.

But yeah, the electricity costs are going to be pretty small.

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21. ### pray4mojo Diamond Member

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tell me how much it weighs and the specific heat of the turkey and ill tell you.

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22. ### Engineer Elite Member

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And most burners, once up to heat, are on less than 25% of the time so the 4 to 6 hours would be much less in actual element on time.

Let's say 3,000 watts. That, in Lexington, KY, would be approximately 18 cents per hour. I would guess it would take about 60 cents (at most) to cook a turkey.

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23. ### SsupernovaE Golden Member

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Financial woes? Perhaps 50 of us could PayPal you 2¢ each to cover the electricity costs for a happy Turkey Day.

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24. ### mrSHEiK124 Lifer

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With fees I don't think 2 cents ends up netting the recipient anything

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