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perplexed 01-24-2010 05:35 PM

Slide In Range Installation
We just had a GE slide in range installed by the store where we purchased. The front of the range extends out from the counter top by about 3/4" more than we would like because the back of the stove is hitting a board under the cabinets. When I asked the installer about cutting out the board, he said that he couldn't because there needed to be some clearance between the back of the enclosure and the back of the range and that, absent that clearance, the back of the cabinet would get too hot and potential catch on fire during the oven cleaning cycle. However, GE's materials say that the range is UL approved for 0" clearance to the back. So I'm wondering if the guy just didn't want to take the extra time to cut out the board.


firehawkmph 01-24-2010 06:36 PM

Sounds like he didn't want to cut the board. What is the board doing back there anyway? If it has no purpose being there, cut it out.
Mike Hawkins:)

Thurman 01-25-2010 09:07 AM

Is this unit being installed in an island? This sounds typical of an island structure with the board being part of the framework to attach the back side of the island. IFf this is indeed and island, my experience with these islands is that the back side is usually constructed of 1/4" or 3/8" cabinet grade plywood. That said-I'm not sure I would want the back of the oven at a "O clearance" to this plywood. Even at a "O clearance" there has to be some heat during a cleaning cycle. IF this is an installation on a wall, it still sounds as if they are custom cabinets with this board being structural. I would check to see what is behind the oven: type of material, thickness, and consider the heat problem before moving it back. David

perplexed 01-25-2010 11:11 AM


Originally Posted by Thurman (Post 388721)
Is this unit being installed in an island? I would check to see what is behind the oven: type of material, thickness, and consider the heat problem before moving it back. David

The range is installed in a breakfast bar--the equivalent of an island. The material behind the range is 3/4" plywood. The board against which the back of the range is hitting connects the cabinets of either side of the range, but given the connections to the counter top and backing board, probably is superfluous.

Thurman 01-26-2010 09:31 AM

Hmmm, a better picture now. With the back of this breakfast bar being 3/4" plywood, I'd say you have some higher quality units than a lot of people have. That's good. IF the cabinets are attached to the floor, I'd bet they are, then the board may indeed be "superfluous" (I like that word). You stated GE's materials (are you inferring to printed?) state that the unit can be installed with "O" clearance. Then I would go on that printed info from GE and try to move the unit back that extra 3/4". Actually, how often do people use the ""cleaning" feature on an oven? Good Luck, David

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