Slide-in gas range can't push back against the wall
I bought a Whirlpool slide-in gas range from Lowe's and when I tried to install it the other day, I realized my gas supply valve is too high in the middle. The specification on the appliance asked the supply valve to be within 10 inches from the floor, but mine's about 15 inches above ground.
To move the gas line is very costly, the estimate I got was around 300-500 dollars. One cheap alternative I can do is remove the rear panel on range, which I believe is the "service panel". It covers about 70% of the range and it sticks out 3 inches, without it, my gas supply valve can sit comfortibly behind the range. Underneath the sheet metal, it's got a fan towards the top and some wires around it. There's also a metal tubing that looks like a gas line from supply to the stove portion of the range.
What do you guys think? Is this safe to do?
Another option I was told to do was to cut the drywall and turn the supply valve 90 degrees so it's flush with the drywall.