I was looking to get a little more counter space and am thinking of
installing a Microwave above the stove.
Is there a Minimum distance above the stove?
I do not want to remove or modify the cabinet above the stove, and am not
ready to remodel the kitchen just yet..
We just replaced our over-the-stove microwave, and the instructions say
that the top of the mounting plate (about the level of the top of the
appliance when it's installed) must be at least 30 inches above the
cooking surface. Our microwave is approx. 16 inches high, thus the
minimum clearance for *this* microwave is approx. 14 inches.
On 03/24/05 11:23 am Mastermech tossed the following ingredients into
the ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
how high is the cabinet over your stove? If you don't have a cabinet over
your stove I doubt that you can install a MW over your stove because the
unit bolts both to the wall and to the underside of the cabinet over the
I don't recall how high the underside of the cabinet was, but over the
minimum 30". And, yes, the plate had to go on the wall with a couple of
"ears" touching the underside of the cabinet above so that the microwave
could be secured to that cabinet -- by two bolts on the new one, three
bolts on the one we took out.
I got the impression that the OP already had a cabinet over the stove.
If it doesn't allow for sufficient clearance, s/he can't just take it
out (which s/he said s/he didn't want to do anyway): there must be a
cabinet above to support the microwave -- at least on all the ones I've
On 03/24/05 12:34 pm Sam tossed the following ingredients into the
ever-growing pot of cybersoup:
You're right. All of the manufacturer's specs that I've seen require a
minimum of 30" from top of cooking surface to bottom of cabinet that m/w
hangs from. (I sell them for Sears). However, in the county that I live in
(N. Illinois), the powers setting the standards for construction have seen
fit to set the minimum as 32". Thus, you could install it yourself at the
30" minimum and not void the manufacturer's warranty but to get a licensed
contractor to install it, you have to have the 32" min. All of the m/w hood
combos that I've seen have a built in thermostat that kicks the fan in if
the heat from the stove begins to get hot enough to have an affect on the
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