But I really wanted an OTR micowave!
OK, I think I'm finally convinced that I have to give up my dream of not loosing any counter or cabinet space in my too small kitchen.
I was willing to go with the over the range microwave. I was nervous, but I HATE having the microwave on the little bit of counter I have. HOWEVER, I read one post and suddenly pictured by 6 year old deciding to make popcorn while a burner was on on my gas range. OK, yes. No OTR microwave.
So, now I need to choose a range hood that can go under counter because, if I tell my husband we are also loosing another cabinet, and one we've paid for, he'll be quite displeased with me. It will be vented up and through the roof. I read that I want baffles. (LOL because, for some reason, this is baffling me.) Some background, I have been living for eight years with an exhaust fan in the ceiling that we only recently found out vents into the attic! So it's clear we aren't generating massive smoke. However, I do set off my fire alarm periodically. And the cabinet about it is a bit greasy. I do cook some hamburgers inside and stir fry frequently, but I never deep fat fry, and we use minimal oil in most of our cooking. The hood will be over a 30" gas range, just a basic Frigidaire.
I also need to choose a microwave. I can't seem to hit on the right search terms to find the small one so many people have mentioned in other threads I read (when I was looking for something else of course.) I know I want something stainless and with a small footprint. My kids microwave almost daily, but it's mostly breakfast sausages, hot dogs, popcorn (the kind you air pop in a special bowl, not the boxed kind...so the bowl needs to fit) and oatmeal. Occasionally, we melt some butter or, even less frequently, make potatoes. Oh, and I also reheat a single servings of left overs or a Trader Joes meal from time to time. I do not cook in my microwave.
I'm sorry if this is repetitive. I really did try putting in the terms I need. But the demo starts Monday and venting is coming up fast. I don't have time for my usual extended research. I'm a stress case and barely sleeping. Please be kind.