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Old 03-28-2019, 07:24 PM   #1
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How to Handle This Gap Behind Cooktop?


We just installed a 48" gas KitchenAid cooktop, along with the required 9" high stainless steel backguard (the cooktop has a grill). However, when the cooktop is installed according to the installation instructions, there is a ~1" gap between the back of the backguard and the wall (see pics).

My first thought was to order a large backsplash made with the solid surface countertop material that matches our counters, but my understanding is granite/quartz/etc. only come in 1.25" and 3/4" thicknesses.

We are planning a tile backsplash of the entire area, but obviously tile isn't going to be 1" thick.

I found one pic on the KitchenAid site that shows some sort of plexiglass with some standoffs behind the whole area, but frankly this looks cheesy and foolish to me.

Anyone have any ideas?
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How about a granite shelf just above the range and down each side just 2 1/2"-3" deep
Tile to that,
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How about a granite shelf just above the range and down each side just 2 1/2"-3" deep
Tile to that,
Hmmm, you might be on to something: a place to place an olive oil bottle and salt and pepper shakers, say. The countertop guys actually miss-measured on a different section and ended up leaving me a spare ~6" wide, 5' long piece of the countertop material that I could even take a shot at cutting down myself (worst case I order a new piece). That's a great idea I didn't even think of. And why I come here.
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Hmmm, you might be on to something: a place to place an olive oil bottle and salt and pepper shakers, say. The countertop guys actually miss-measured on a different section and ended up leaving me a spare ~6" wide, 5' long piece of the countertop material that I could even take a shot at cutting down myself (worst case I order a new piece). That's a great idea I didn't even think of. And why I come here.
I would just put board on the wall back there to stick to. It might not be easy to match if you screw it up.
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You could also use some Stainless Steel and simply cover the gap and screw it to the wall, with the screws hidden behind the stove. Some manufacturers have kits just for that.

Do check the manual. Sometimes that gap is required to allow convection to keep the wall cool, so they can achieve the tight clearance with a hot device.

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Check the install manual to see if that gap is necessary and consult with the manufacturer if there is no information on it.
If you decide to add some type of cover or shelf, then keep in mind that whatever you add to it will collect grease and food particles and may need to be cleaned frequently. It would be much easier to wipe down the wall after you tile it.
I just checked my stove and I have a 2 inch gap. It is not that noticeable because the stove is colored black and the background blends in.


What I would do is to purchase a sheet of stainless steel, the width of your stove and attach that to the wall. Then tile on both sides of it if you wish.
Now that will blend in better.
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That gap makes no sense.. hard to believe its designed to leave a 1 gap... what is preventing it from being pushed all the way back?
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what is the model # of the cooktop?
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Need more experts to comment on this idea:
Remove that back piece.
Determine if 'wall' means combustible wall.
Prep for tile backsplash as follows:
Add 1/2 inch concrete backerboard as first layer including behind rear of cooktop.
Add 1/4 inch concrete backerboard as second layer including behind rear of cooktop.
Add typical tile next.
You may have to extend/adjust electrical boxes depth to meet new plain of tile.
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That gap makes no sense.. hard to believe it’s designed to leave a 1” gap... what is preventing it from being pushed all the way back?
The front control panel of the cooktop is over-sized a bit to allow it to cover up the field cut made on the face frame of the cabinet it's placed in.

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what is the model # of the cooktop?
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Need more experts to comment on this idea:
Remove that back piece.
Determine if 'wall' means combustible wall.
Prep for tile backsplash as follows:
Add 1/2 inch concrete backerboard as first layer including behind rear of cooktop.
Add 1/4 inch concrete backerboard as second layer including behind rear of cooktop.
Add typical tile next.
You may have to extend/adjust electrical boxes depth to meet new plain of tile.
Do you mean remove the back piece permanently? I'm pretty sure even with cement backerboard it would be required.
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Since you're gonna be doing back splash anyway, I'd wait to solve the problem until that's in, so you know how much of a gap you'll have. At that time, just take some 1/2" (or whatever your gap ends up as) stainless steel angle and bend it into a big U, and glue it to the back of that panel.
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Maybe a SS trim could be made to go on the back of the range, we see SS crown around hoods at the ceiling.
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http://www.specsserver.com/CACHE/fraesyrbtxim.pdf

Here is the link to the installation guide.

How deep is your counter?

It looks like your stone top stops at the cooktop.(there is not a stone strip at the wall)

I would bet you can make your notches at the front of the top deeper and push the unit back to the wall.
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I would bet you can make your notches at the front of the top deeper and push the unit back to the wall.
Yeah, but as I mentioned above: I had to field cut the face of the cabinet to accept the cooktop. As it stands, the controls section overlaps the cabinet face frame, hiding the less-than-perfect field cut. I *could* cut it wider and push it back, but then I'd be looking at these ragged cuts.
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Looks like the countertop or base cab has to be notched back. Kind of an easy fix with a diamond blade on a right angle grinder and/or a multi-tool.

Some countertops are 24", some 25.5", etc. appliance and countertop installers with experience know what to look for in most cases.

The solution to add a shelf is nice - or put on a full 3/4" backsplash of matching granite.

I'm actually thinking someone may not have read all the notes on the installation instructions.
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