have to vent gas range

We plan to replace existing electric smooth top range with new one. However we wonder if we can replace with gas. The range is on interior kitchen wall with microwave about 18-20" above it, has metal bottom and fans and we will replace that too with similar. Will the gas flames put too much heat on the microwave?
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Is it an Over The Range microwave? If so, then you are OK. If it is not, it could be a problem. I've been using OTR microwaves for the past 15+ years now.
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On Sat, 28 Jul 2007 16:18:46 -0000, snipped-for-privacy@naturalproperties.com wrote:

No. Vent the range to the outside, not back into the room--I can't imagine doing it any other way.
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Is the person doing the cooking aware that cooking on gas vs. electric is very different?
Usually if one is used to one, they don't like cooking on the other.
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To answer the original question, as long as the microwave is designed for over the range installation, it should be OK, as the ones I have seen are compatible with typical gas as well as electric ranges. Check the spec sheet for the ones you are considering, which should be avail online. You do need to mount it the minimum specd distance above the range. I had one in a condo years ago and it worked OK as far as temp issues. It had a temp sensor that would turn the fan on if it got too hot from the range below.
BTW, if you can, I would always vent a range hood outside. I've never seen a recycling type that was worth a tinker's damn.
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