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Is anyone aware of a standard for the minimum distance between the bottom of an above-the-range microwave/range hood and the cooking surface of the range especially a gas range?
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Old 9/29/09, 9:50 PM
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SECTION M1901
RANGES AND OVENS

M1901.1 Clearances. Freestanding or built-in ranges shall have a vertical clearance above the cooking top of not less than 30 inches (762 mm) to unprotected combustible material. Reduced clearances are permitted in accordance with the listing and labeling of the range hoods or appliances.

M1901.2 Cooking appliances. Household cooking appliances shall be listed and labeled and shall be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation instructions. The installation shall not interfere with combustion air or accessibility for operation and servicing.


I would check with the manufactures instructions and recommended clearance






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Most units call for the distance to the top of the unit to be 66" off the floor. The real danger is removing products from the microwave (a spill hazard to the user).



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Old 9/30/09, 9:56 AM
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The real, real danger is reaching over boiling food to adjust the stove controls if they are located on the back of the stove without adequate clearance...



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Having installed many of them according to the book for Sears .I recall it as 18 inches from bottom of micro hood to stove top.

Yes it looks low.
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I just came from an inspection that had the installation manual on the countertop for the Kenmore microwave. The instructions stated a minimum distance of 30" from the stove top to the top of the microwave. When I measured it, the top was 30.5" above, which left a clearance of 14" between the bottom of the micro and the stove top. Seemed too close to me, but it met the manufacturers installation instructions.



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The microwave manufacturer doesn't know what type of stove your putting under it.

I think using "uncommon" common sense is all you need to go buy.



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18 inches from stove top to microwave bottom.
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My Book says 24"



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This is why some people just eat out. One less thing to fret over.....





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Took 6 months to get this far! ;-)



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16" seems like the norm. No way it's 24". A lot of people wouldn't be able to reach it if it was that high. I've installed about 10 and they were all about 14-16"
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Code changed recently in Ontario. For a gas stove 24" is the new minimum. It used to be 18".



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[QUOTE=dandersen;570664]The microwave manufacturer doesn't know what type of stove your putting under it.

I think using "uncommon" common sense is all you need to go buy.[/ Agree common sense but it would not help here as most people have no reference to go by from past experience
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Default Re: Microwave/range hood distance to range top

Check your local codes obviously but I wouldn't want anything under 18" or over 24" from the top of stove.
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