Blue Star rangetop 36"

joei75March 1, 2014

My wife and I decided to upgrade our 30" cooktop that came with the new home we purchased, to a 36" blue star rangetop. It has not been delivered yet, but I have been trying to prepare the granite countertop for its arrival. The installation instructions on the Blue star web site are seriously lacking. What i need help with is
1. How is the range to supposed to be supported? Does a shelf need to be built under the rangetop to hold its weight? I would appreciate some photos from someone who has done this before.
2. The granite countertop obviously needs to be cut, in order to accomodate the unit, but does Bluestar come with some sort of trim kit that can be used to cover the small gap between the granite countertop and the rangetop? Having this would probably prevent food or liquids from collecting in the gaps and might also save me the expense of rounding the granite edges and polishing it.
Never done this before, so any other things to watch out for on this project?
Joe

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cookncarpenter

Yes, you need a shelf 7" down from the top of your countertop material. Your counter opening should be cut at a minimum of 36" wide. The range top sits about 5/8" above the counter with no lip, so you should ease the top edge of the counter cuts but the edge need not be polished.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 10:51AM
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jeffjsgirl

Our 36" Bluestar rangetop is sitting directly on the base cabinet frame, and has been for 10+ years with no problem. As ctycdm said above, the rangetop cooking surface sits about 1/2" above the granite. Our granite stops dead into the side of the rangetop with a plain square corner. There's a tiny gap (1/32?), but no trim kit provided (or available, I think). I'd think an eased edge would give more opportunities for stuff to collect, actually. Never had a problem keeping ours clean.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 12:37PM
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cookncarpenter

...to clarify, by "eased edge", I just meant sanded smooth, not a rough cut, since it is not hidden by a lip.
Definitely not a radius or ogee...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 1:12PM
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