What is the clearance between your OTR Microwave and Gas Range

mdispensaApril 25, 2012

I just found out the LG microwave (OTR) I purchased has is nearly 18 inches tall (I thought they were pretty standard around 16). I'm concerned that there isn't enough space between that and a standard 30 inch gas range which is about 36 inches high. My upper cabinets have some play but I can get 18-20 inches of clearing. Is that enough? What is your clearance and do you wish it were more or less? We're on the shorter side (5'5 and 5'1) but I like to cook!

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christina923

my clearance is 23 inches.... some such nonsense about having to be higher over a gas range. don't remember exactly what code was.
perhaps check into that...

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 7:32AM
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emagineer

The instruction booklet should have the min distance stated. Mine seems low, but is min distance. Never thought of the actual size of MW. It is bigger than the norm due to the extra grate that can be used. Am short too and have had a few mishaps pulling hot food out of it.

Am beginning to dislike the OTR, seems like every time I need it, when another is using the stove, the person has to be moved. Plus dropping something on the stove top is a concern. Considering minor move of stove to the left of the MW. There would be more working space too by doing this, plus avoiding boiling pots or frying to reach over.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 8:19AM
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meganmca

Mine is too close--I think about 16" or worse. The previous owner installed it level with cabinets, which are 17" off the countertop; when that one broke, there was no same-sized replacement. Smallest one was another 1-2" taller, so it came even closer. It's a problem, frankly, and I'll never, ever, ever have another OTR microwave. It doesn't help that the venting is fake...

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:08AM
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katsmah

My OTR microwave instructions were 30" min clearance between the bottom of the cabinet and the top of the cooktop. I have 32" total, so my microwave is about 16" over the gas cooktop. It passed the code inspections at that height.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:49AM
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suzanne_sl

I have just shy of 18" from the grate top to the bottom of the MW. We find that to be a good height.

My last set-up had less clearance, maybe 16" - microwaves hadn't been invented when the kitchen was built, so this was a retrofit. That height was great for putting stuff in and out of the MW, but crowded a large pot on a back burner. My mom had one that was higher, maybe 20" and it was ridiculous. I was always afraid she was going to dump her oatmeal on her head. Mom was about 5'1 or 2" at the time. I was not sorry when she fried that MW with a foil container and we replaced it with an on-counter model.

I think the height you have will be fine, but I have a question. Is there any way you can put your MW somewhere else? Ours is there because our kitchen just doesn't have any other possibilities that make sense, but I'd much rather have a real vent hood and MW elesewhere.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:05PM
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suzanne_sl

P.S. meganmca - the venting doesn't have to be fake. My mom's was because the guy who flipped her place moved the stove and MW over a bit and didn't bother to fix the ducting (we found out when we removed the fried MW). Because ours was originally a vent hood, we just hooked the first generation MW up to the existing vent pipe. That MW lasted for nearly 20 yrs. BTW. When we remodeled, we moved the stove over a bit, but we still made the vent connection work:

Not to say that a MW vent system is anything like an actual vent hood, but it's much better that nothing.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:17PM
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joaniepoanie

Mine is 17 1/2 ". My last one was less and easier to use since I am short as well, but I am getting used to this one....pulling a big, hot Pyrex dish out can be difficult, but I'm usually just microwaving simple, one dish things.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:41PM
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dedtired

18.5 inches.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 10:21PM
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