Induction cooktop in front of windows?

BarbaravJune 22, 2013

I would love to hear from anyone who has placed an induction cooktop/range (or and cooking appliance) in front of a window. I'm redoing my kitchen and trying to reconfigure it, mainly to move a fridge to the other existing wall. The longest wall has windows, which I love, but are limiting in the placement of appliances. Thanks.

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Check code in your area. In some places, cooktops aren't allowed in front of windows although that might only apply to gas cooktops, not induction.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 9:00AM
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Sophie Wheeler

IF a cooktop is in front of a window, it's usually required to be non operative safety glass. That means changing out the windows, not placing something in front of them as is. MOST codes though are not that permissive so as to allow the safety hazard.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 9:37AM
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Grease splatter may be more obvious on a window than on a backsplash.

Because an induction cooktop does not radiate heat towards the window, it should be compatible with glass. While the philosophy of "better to ask forgiveness than permission" has its utility at times, for Code compliance and avoiding expense the opposite is true. Ask first after explaining induction if the AHJ doesn't know what it is.


    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:47AM
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Good grief! I didn't even think about the codes, I was concerned mainly with whether it would be high maintenance. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:59AM
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Fori is not pleased

Ask on the kitchen forum if you haven't. Someone did it years ago--it was an interior window and very cool and I forget her name...

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 5:17PM
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Thanks fori. I did that. Found some photos on the houzz site, which is what sparked the idea. They looked pretty cool.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:23PM
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Those houzz images seemto have jnspired numbers of folks to adopt the layout you are considering. Have you seen these older GW threads?

I know of no provision in any fire codes or the IRC which would prohibit anybody from placing an induction cooktop or range in front of a window in a residence. Bear in mind that you have to respect the directions amd distances specified in your stove or cooktop's installation instruction. Also, we've all seen kitchen designs for decades that have placed cooktops beneath pass-throughs and behind breakfast bars and such. That strikes me as no different than a window.

All that having been said, the actual content of the codes may not matter if you live in an area or town where Code enforcement is a bastion of the arbitrary, whimsical, and capricious. It always is a good thing to check with the local building department before they decide to inspect and charge you.

And, of course, do not hang curtains on the window behind the stove or cooktp.

This post was edited by JWVideo on Sun, Jun 23, 13 at 16:48

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 1:58AM
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JW, thanks for those links to previous threads, some of which were from 2008. And here I thought I was coming up with something new lol!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 9:55AM
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Fori is not pleased

Here it is. I was wrong--it's a real window. But I have to get points for random kitchen trivia, right?

If she's still around, she oughta know by now if it gets gunky!

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:31PM
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fori, when I saw that the pics, I knew that I had seen them before- in one of the links that JWVideo sent me. And these are of the finished kitchen. Thanks a bunch. Beautiful ktchen. Not so worried about it anymore, tho I do ned to check about those codes. Great memory!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 2:06AM
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