60" Wolf range--do I "need" a backsplash? I just want paint

threeapplesApril 22, 2013

like Plain English Design's dark blue/gray Spitalfields kitchen. I heard back from them and they used a glossy paint in that area, no steel or back-painted glass. Is there a requirement for a backsplash? Do any of you have this stove without one? Thanks.

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Plain paint will scorch and not pass code. Even though the drywall isn't flammable, the paint can be. All you need to do is to look at the pics on the Appliance Forum with people complaining about the stainless discoloring.

You need some type of non combustible surface behind the range. Some type of steel painted with high heat paint could qualify and still work for the look that you want.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 10:31PM
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Ok. I wonder how the Spitalfields kitchen owner gets away with this.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 10:45PM
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English building codes may be different. And there's probably no cooking going on there either.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 10:54PM
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They may also be using AGA-type cookers which don't have the same extreme flame-y-ness that the typical US 60 inch pro-style range has.

Just get a piece of metal, paint it (you might consider a hi-temp formula for the paint, or just resign yourself to renewing it from time to time if it discolors from the heat) and you're good.

I don't like the look of most backsplashes, either.


    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 6:09AM
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International Residential code for cooking appliances requires that you follow the installation specifications that come with your appliances. Your code may be more strict. Ours is not.

The Wolf Subzero specs say nothing that I can find about minimal clearances to a vertical surface behind the range.

Only a vertical dimension to overhead horizontal (directly and to each side) combustible surfaces.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 8:21AM
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M1901.2 Cooking appliances. Cooking appliances shall be
listed and labeled for household use and shall be installed in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. The installa-
tion shall not interfere with combustion air or access for oper-
ation and servicing. Electric cooking appliances shall comply
with UL 1026 or UL 858. Solid-fuel -fired fireplace stoves
shall comply with UL 737.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 9:23AM
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I don't have a 60" Wolf but I do have a 36" Caldera gas cooktop. We do a LOT of high heat wok cooking and also have a Miele built in deep fat fryer. We use all of this frequently and have done so for 7 years. We have no backsplash. Only paint on sheetrock. There has been no change at all in the quality of the painted wall since it was installed 7 yrs ago. I have BM Regal Matte paint that is scrubbable after 30 days. I regularly scrub it with a soapy dishcloth. There is no reason that you too can't have a painted backsplash . I have it throughout my kitchen. Here is only one of 100's of pics. You can see more in the albums of you click on the pic. Good Luck .c

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 9:53AM
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The 60" range specs a minimum 10" backguard if installing against drywall. What about sheet glass over your painted wall? Pricey, but it could be a stunning look.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 10:21AM
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Actually a piece of back painted glass 60" wide from marble backsplash top to the bottom of the range hood would not even be all that expensive.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Trailrunner, if you are out there ... Did you use Classic or Select Regal matte paint? I'm wondering if the newer low VOC Select is as good/durable. Did you paint yourself and was it easy to work with? I'm currently using Aura and it is a bear to apply smoothly due to its extremely fast drying time!


    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 1:53PM
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