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Old 10-30-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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Default What in the minimum clearance (inches) between the top of a gas range and the bottom of a microwave in NC?

How many inches must there be between the top of a gas cooktop/range and the bottom of an over the range microwave in NC?
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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My guess is a nominal 18-inches.

This is the same clearance between a standard height counter top and the lower edge of 30-inch wall cabinets when mounted below a 12-inch soffit in a room with 8-foot ceilings.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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My guess is a nominal 18-inches.

This is the same clearance between a standard height counter top and the lower edge of 30-inch wall cabinets when mounted below a 12-inch soffit in a room with 8-foot ceilings.
I don't know if this is the legal answer, but I doubt it: counter-tops generally don't have fire coming out of them.

Even if safety were not a concern, I would definitely want more space. My tallest pan is about eight inches tall, and 18 inches wouldn't leave much space for a spoon or ladle. The pan sits about an inch higher than the edge of the range, so there goes another inch. Also, anyone taller than five feet would have a hard time working at the stove with the microwave at that height.

The microwave right above the stove will get a lot of heat and a lot of grease. It will need frequent cleaning, which will be difficult if it is low.

My hood is about 22.5 inches above the body of the range and 21.5 above the burner grills (or whatever those things are called).

My preference is to use a regular hood, properly vented, and to put the microwave elsewhere.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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623.4 Domestic range installation. Domestic ranges installed
on combustible floors shall be set on their own bases or legs and
shall be installed with clearances of not less than that shown on
the label.

623.5 Open-top broiler unit hoods. A ventilating hood shall
be provided above a domestic open-top broiler unit, unless otherwise
listed for forced down draft ventilation.
623.5.1 Clearances. A minimum clearance of 24 inches
(610 mm) shall be maintained between the cooking top and
combustible material above the hood. The hood shall be at
least as wide as the open-top broiler unit and be centered
over the unit.

http://www.brunsco.net/Portals/0/bcf...e_Fuel_Gas.pdf
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs, NC
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I made the mistake of having a micro installed over a stove in a past kitchen remodel. I'll never do it again. Totally brutal to clean, venting is less than optimal, and the first microwave's control panel burnt out in a year and a half.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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Here's someone who said his gas guy said, . . .

microwave over range height

. . . but no other evidence has been found yet.

I'm amazed that people put the microwaves so close! I don't know how they even use the stove like that.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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I made the mistake of having a micro installed over a stove in a past kitchen remodel.
I second this. Not only is it sub optimal for venting even though they make great noise doing it, it's also always in the way for large pots.
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