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Posted on cabinet refacing flush/tight against side of range?

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William Shelley

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#1 posted 07-30-2017 04:56 AM

Hi, new to forum here. We had home depot reface our kitchen cabinets. The installer placed the veneer on rhe front of the cabinets flush/tight against the side of rhe oven. For the life of me I can t recall what kind of gap existed there before. Ran a self cleaning cycle today and the veneer got so hot you could barely touch it. The specs for installing my range calls for a 30” opening. The range itself measures 29 7/8” so I am assuming there should be 1/16 clearance on each side? Owners manual says side of oven will be got to touch during clean cycle. Admittedly I am a paranoid retired firefighter so maybe just being over cautious? Thanks in advance for any input.

- esarsea

It’s my understanding that appliances, other than built-ins that are mechanically fastened to the cabinetry, should have a gap. I imagine if there was an earthquake or tremor or even someone driving by with their subwoofer cranked to the max, the vibration could cause the range to shift a little and splinter the veneer.

As far as fire danger is concerned, I’m not sure that radiant heat from a range could catch wood on fire. The exterior surface of the range would have to be hot enough to char the paint. Think about charcoal grills with wooden handles for the cover. The wood handle probably gets 300-400 degrees at least, I’ve never seen a wooden grill handle catch fire.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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