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cj9113

01:59PM | 01/02/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
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I got a new microwave for over my stove. I didn't have one there just an empty space, the instruction say that it has to be 30in from the top of the stove or counter top. the problem I have is the my microwave will stick out from my cabnets 3 1/4in and over my rear burners. I dont know how a over the stove microwave look like in a home cause i have never paid attention to one and the people i know have one on the counter. I'v only had a counter top one. do i need to move my cabnet up higher to make it fit higher and make my cabnet not line up with the rest or go and find a smaller microwave,

DanO

06:34PM | 01/02/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** the problem I have is the my microwave will stick out from my cabnets 3-1/4 in and over my rear burners. **

I don't know what you mean by that. Could you please elaborate, especially the part about "over the rear burners"?

Dan O.
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cj9113

02:39AM | 01/03/09
Member Since: 01/13/07
13 lifetime posts
what i mean is that the microwave will only be 17in over the stove burners, and i don't really know if that will be enough. so i was thinking of moving my cabinet over the stove to make more room over the stove so will not have problems with the microwave.

DanO

10:37AM | 01/03/09
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** what i mean is that the microwave will only be 17in over the stove burners **

What is the distance *from the stove top to the underside of the cupboards above* onto which the microwave will be mounted?

What is the minimum height for that distance recommended in the installation instructions of the microwave you have?

** what i mean is that the microwave will only be 17in over the stove burners **

That is entirely possible depending on the minimum mounting height allowed and the dimensions of the microwave itself.

Eg. min. space (30") - microwave height (15.5") = resulting space between cooktop and microwave (14.5" in this example).

As long as the space between the cooking surface and cupboards above are within the tolerances of the installation instructions, the resulting space between the cooking surface and microwave should be adequate... depending on cookware being used (see below).

If you frequently cook large 'vats' of food (spaghetti to feed 20+, eg.) on your cooktop where oversized pot height will bring it too close to the microwave, an OTR microwave may not be for you.

BTW. You can't move the microwave/hood too far from the burners or it will reduce its exhausting abilities. Mounting it further from the stove top to accomodate large cooking pots will reduce its usefulness when cooking with frying pans and short pots.

JMO

Dan O.

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