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Old 02-24-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
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Range hood clearance to top of gas range less than minimum


I was setting up electrical wiring for the kitchen appliances,

and someone in the forum reminded and now I just realize that there is not enough vertical clearance from the existing stainless steel range hood to the top of the gas range (only 19").


Here's what's in the manufacturer's install note for the gas range:

"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, .024" aluminum or .020" copper.

30" min. clearance between the top of the cooking platform and the bottom of an unprotected wood or metal cabinet."


It's regular wooden cabinet around w/ the stainless steel range hood under the top center cabinet -- 19" above the top of the gas range. The vent pipe above the range hood is installed inside the top center cabinet.


Question:
So, in this case the wooden cabinet is considered "unprotected"?


There is also this note in the install instructions:

"When installing a cooktop under existing cabinets and the installation does not meet the minimum cabinet clearances, install a range hood above the cooktop to avoid burn hazards."


Question:
This is where I'm not sure -- does this passage imply the existing stainless steel range hood is considered adequate protection even if current clearance is only 19" (obviously less than even the "protected" scenario)? Have I interpreted the passage incorrectly?


Do I need to do anything at this point (e.g. modifying the top center cabinet) to be compliant w/ any safety clearance requirement?

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:01 AM   #2
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24" (let alone 30") is rather high above the counter top.

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Any microwave or or range hood I've done I've set at 18" above the stove.
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The range hood's install instruction also mentions 24" minimum clearance.

So I don't have to follow manufacturer's requirement then? 19" clearance is ok?
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The range hood's install instruction also mentions 24" minimum clearance.

So I don't have to follow manufacturer's requirement then? 19" clearance is ok?
it means that you have to make an executive decision.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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You're installing a range hood correct?

If the bottom of the cabinet above the stove is 19 inches above the counter, how tall is the hood? How far does it stick out from the wall? Getting to tall pots on the back burners is going to be a pain.

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It's a 30" Zephr Typoon range hood (already installed). It's 19 1/2" from bottom of the hood (front) to top of gas range and 24 1/2" from bottom of cabinet to top of gas range. The hood is 21 1/8" back to front. It sticks out of the cabinet front for about 8 3/4" (cabinet is about 12 1/4" deep).


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Range hood clearance to top of gas range less than minimum-dscn3204.jpg


Install Manual : http://zephyronline.com/docs/brand_e...ona_manual.pdf



I just notice -- the min requirement of the clearance from the gas range's install manual is from bottom of cabinet to top of the gas range,


but the min requirement in the Typhoon range hood install manual measures from bottom of hood to top of the gas range instead -- which is different.


I think if I can ignore the requirement from the Typhoon install manual, my case is closed.

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...measures from bottom of hood to top of the gas range
iow... the clearance that the thread topic asks about
(space available to actually cook)
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So the correct min 24" clearance is from bottom of hood (following the range hood's install manual)? I sure don't want to redo the top center cabinet.


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