Going from slide-in range to freestanding?

oasisownerMarch 2, 2012

We have finally decided to switch from electric to gas. I want all four burners to have the same btu's. We are on a budget - definitely under $2k, preferably around $1K.

The ranges I like best are all freestanding. I know we can cut the countertop at the back, but I am worried about the sides. The current range top overlaps the counters on each side. Will I have a gap with the freestanding? Will it be at the same height?

Thanks for your help.

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The only way to know for sure is to measure the opening, and measure potential ranges.

I replaced a slide-in with a free standing in my previous home with no problems (aside from removing that back piece of counter). The opening was just a bit larger than 30", so the side gaps were negligible.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2012 at 3:07PM
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It should be the same size, but not all slide-ins are the same. If the slide-in was made in the 1950s-late 1970s, you might find some unusual dimensions. The more recent ranges are usually standard sizes.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:20AM
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Thanks, ours is a 30" newer Jenn-air, so I guess we should be OK.

We found a good deal on a Kenmore Elite 5 burner gas range, but I am disenchanted with all Sears products right now (after problems with two washers).

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 11:40AM
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I replaced a slide in with a free standing last month. To do so, I had to have someone cut the granite on both sides of the stove. I was very apprehensive, especially since a bunch of granite fabricators wouldn't take the job worried that the granite would crack. We found a great guy from Angie's list who did a very nice job, contained the mess and there were no damages. The gap is hardly noticeable.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2012 at 2:40PM
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