So we bought a Microwave hood for the electric range.
Looked in the Manual and there does not seem to be a recommended distance
between the top of the range and the bottom of the microwave hood.
Seems like I've seen a few at 17" though wanted to pass it by the Authority
Way too low imo...that would barely let a large pot under. 24" would be
my bare minimum---let's see, just went out and checked -- the one here
is about 28" which seems, well, "ok"...if the app were for someone who
was a "serious" chef-type, I'd guess even that might be restrictive on
occasion, but for the average Joe/Jane, ought to be adequate...
HTH, $0.02, imo, etc., etc., ...
On Sat, 15 Mar 2008 07:12:56 -0700, "Scott Townsend"
I can't speak on behalf of the Authority, but I can tell you mine is a
hair over 18 inches which I believe is the recommended height for my
particular model (a Panasonic). I have a gas cook top and if one or
more burners operate on high for an extended period of time, the
exhaust fan automatically kicks on in "cool down" mode (i.e., at its
highest setting) to presumably prevent heat damage; that suggests
you'll want to maintain at least the minimum recommended separation.
I just bought a smooth top range and this is what mine says:
Note: 24" min. when bottom of wood or
metal cabinet is protected by not less than
1/4" flame retardant millboard covered
with not less than No. 28 MSG sheet steel,
0.015" stainless steel, 0.024" aluminum or
30" min. clearance
I would look at your range manual for the installation section. Most
will tell you what a safe situation is.
More than just fire safety is at issue. Also need to consider how tall
the cook is, and the airflow for the exhaust fan built into the micro.
I'm 6'3", and have seen retrofits hung so low, that I would have to bend
over to look in a pot on the back burner of the range. Sometimes the
cabinet above stove has to be replaced with a shorter one (if that style
is still available), or a hardwood shelf, trimmed and finished to match.
(Or just write off that cabinet position, and fabricate a drywall or
metal soffit above.) One of those things that is a judgment call, and
you have to see the kitchen to decide.
But yeah, 24" is about as low as I would even think about going.
Does this Apply to a Rental? Slumlord here I come...
So I think since there are a few others there with 17, I'll see what I can
Squeeze in. Its an older cabinet unit and I really dont wan to have to
re-work it to get a few more inches.
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