What are options for filler?

emily325April 23, 2014

Need your help with some options for our 30" microwave. It is installed above our 36" stove and has openings on both sides. Our appliance salesperson told us the filler they offer is cheap looking according to several customers who have ordered them. Our cabinet supplier told us that wood filler above a stove is not an option because it is a fire hazard. Are there any other options? I want something easy to clean but no idea where to start. I will try to post a pic. TIA.


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Your cabinet supplier is mistaken.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:17PM
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We did the exact same thing (30 inch micro over 36 inch cooktop - I think I even had a few posts about it last year). The easiest thing to do is to get the only OTR microwave that comes as a 36" (KitchenAid). We had GE ovens and everything so wanted to stick with GE. GE makes its own fillers but only in black or white, we wanted stainless. We ordered custom fillers from here:

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:20PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Do something else. Like a real hood. If you've got room for a 36'' cooktop, you've got room for a MW some place else. You do NOT wnt wood fillers directly above your cooking surface. That IS a fire code violation.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 10:29PM
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Elraes Miller

Why are wood fillers considered a code violation when cabinets are allowed to bump into the MW? Made of same wood and finish.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:25AM
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My mind went to a job where there were wood fillers next to the microwave, but the stove was 30", not 36". I have to agree with hollysprings and be more careful reading dimensions.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:42AM
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Olivertwist, that is perfect. Thanks! How much did yours cost?

hollysprings, the kitchen is complete so I can't make any major changes but I would have loved a hood!

The code violation doesn't make sense to me either but I think I'd rather have the stainless steel filler. Also, are we not allowed to post pics from tablets? It keeps kicking me out when I try to upload.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:46AM
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Sophie Wheeler

Wood directly above the cooking surface has to be 30'' from that surface, minimum. Cabinets that abut a 30'' MW above a 30'' stove aren't directly above the cooking surface. But, a 30'' MW can't go above a 36'' surce without some form of noncombustable surface as the spacers for that extra 6''.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:53AM
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Elraes Miller

Thanks Holly. Now it makes sense, my MW crosses completely over the stove. No cabinets over cooking area. Was just curious.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 7:59AM
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Emily, I post pictures from my ipad all the time. Not sure what the problem is.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 12:13PM
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Our fillers cost about $150.
Easier to install if you do it at the same time the micro is installed. We bought them a few weeks later, and the micro had to be removed and then re-installed.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 11:00PM
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