36" Bluestar RCS adjacent upper cabinet clearance

Jarvis077April 15, 2014

Hi there guys, you seem to be the best on the net in terms of answering obscure questions about appliances, so I thought I would ask here.

I'm going to be buying the following Bluestar 36" range from the Costco.ca site and am having a really hard time trying to find clearances to adjacent upper cabinets (not directly above stove, to the sides and above) and my new range hood.

Here is the range, I believe it's essentially Costco's version of the RCS 36" with the smaller backguard and all 15k burners:

Here is my 860 CFM rangehood that dictates 30" minimum install above a gas range:

Thanks so much, hopefully someone has some experience with this model. Pics would be super appreciated as well of the back of this model and any installation pics of the gas line & electrical (i understand it's tricky).

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Gas range makers usually defer to local building codes when offering their fairly generic installation instructions. If this is a new installation into a kitchen without a previous gas appliance you might want to look into finding out if pulling permits for the work involved is necessary. Your local gas supplier and a local qualified gas fitter might also be of some help.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 11:58PM
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18" above the cooktop is usually what's required for flanking cabinets

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:12AM
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I have a 36" BS range top with the 22k burners with a 36" VAH above and have had no issues in 8 years re: side clearance of the upper cabinets. That said, if I were to do it over again I would likely go with a 42" hood for extra side capture.

Looking at your hood choice, it does not have any "capture" capacity to speak of - the baffles are flush to the bottom. I'm sure that the hood will do a fine job in all but the most smokey of circumstances, but if you want improved venting then consider going with the 42" version of the hood (it only looks to be $100 more). That way you get both better venting and better clearance from the cabinets.

Of course, you then lose 6" of cabinet space so you'll have to figure if it is worth the tradeoff or not.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 10:40AM
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You need a 42" hood if you have a persnickety building code department and any light rail at all. And, it's better for the capture area. You need all the help you can get on that front with that hood since it only uses a 6" duct. The fan may be capable of the CFM it advertises, but choking it down to a 6" duct means that overall, you're gonna be limited to around 560-600 CFM max, which is borderline with that range. In your climate, you will also need to factor in makeup air and an ERV. That ups the costs of the associated components by quite a bit. Talk to a HVAC pro.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 11:05AM
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