Cabinet too low for Over-The-Range Microwave

I have 29" from the top of my stove to the bottom of the cabinet directly above (vent hood is installed now). My house was built in 1984.
I wanted to get an OTR microwave with a vent hood but they all seem to be about 16.5 inches in height which would leave me with about 12.5 inches from the stove to the bottom of the microwave. Even if that was within code, which I'm sure it isn't, I could't reach the range top very well.
Am I just stuck, or are there shorter OTR microwaves with vents built in? Even if it was narrower also, it would be ok.
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My daughter has hers over the hood and it came with a fan for exhaust in it.
It seems to me hers is shorter in height but longer in length. I do not know the brand though. It is about 4 years old now.
She had to have an electrcian install a special plug for it.
shirley
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Kevin wrote:

I don't have an answer to your question, but I will suggest that if you have a choice, I would avoid a OTR microwave. It is not a good spot for a microwave. It is exposed to additional heat and it is not easy to get food into and out of nor is it easy to clean. I do realize that with some small kitchens it can be an attractive idea and might prove useful. Best of luck.
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On Mon 07 Nov 2005 05:07:57a, Joseph Meehan wrote in alt.home.repair:

Sorry, but I can't agree. We've had an OTR microwave in three different homes and have never experienced any of the "problems" you describe. In only one of those homes was saving space a consideration.
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If the cabinets are modular and easy to disassemble, it's not too hard to cut them down to size. I did that for a freind. I unbolted the cabinet from the others and the wall, disassembled it, cut down the sides and reassembled it. The doors were no longer available in that style, so I was unable to buy new ones of the right size. The rails and stiles on the door were glued on and came off easily with a dead-blow hammer. I cut them down, as well as the interior panel, and glued the whole thing back together. I had to remount the lower hinges - the most difficult part of the exercise since they are European style hinges.
Most folks couldn't tell the cabinet wasn't made that way. I can, but then most workmen can see the tiny flaws they regret making in a bit of work.
Mike
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Thanks, thats kind of what I was thinking, now I just have to learn how cut straight.
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"Thanks, thats kind of what I was thinking, now I just have to learn how cut straight. "
If you decide to go that route, I would suggest removing the cabinet and then take it to either a cabinet shop or finish carpenter to downsize it for you. Given the cost of screwing it up, IMO, it's better to have it done by a professional.
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Kevin ( snipped-for-privacy@k.k) said...

Your codes may vary from this but where I am (Ontario, Canada) our building code states that there must be 30" above the level of the burners or elements, except that non-combustible or protected materials may be 24".
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