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dingleberry

Oven on worktop?

Probably a silly question but does anyone know if it's possible to take the legs off a 90cm cooker and place it on top of a (sturdy!) worktop to give an 'eye level' 90cm oven?? I can't seem to find a 90cm wide oven to build in..... thanks in advance!

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Wendy

Worktop oven

A couple of things. Is it gas or electric? If it's gas you would have to have a qualified fitter if you have to move the gas pipe. You would have to be careful about the insulation underneath the cooker, what condition is it in? Will there be anything underneath to help support it as you would not want any heat transferred. I gather buying one of these small table-top cookers is out of the question? I know this doesn't help but these are the questions I would ask myself if I wanted to do it.

Wendy :)

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dingleberry

oven worktop

Hi Wendy, thanks for the reply. It's my existing electric oven with gas hob - obviously the hob will be unuseable, so no problems with gas. It's more the heat damage and/or ventilation I'm worried about as I was thinking of just taking the legs off and sitting it on the worktop.......

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Wendy

Dingleberry

I've just sold my husband (an electrical engineer) about what you want to do. He said without seeing or knowing the age of it, it's difficult to comment. As we already said the insulation/ventilation is the biggest problem. One thing he suggested before you do anything is to run the oven at its highest temperature for about 20 mins or so and see if there are any hotspots on the sides or underneath. If it isn't going to be in a housing then a lot of the ventilation will occur around the back and sides. I asked him about putting on some sort of rack on the table and he suggested getting the oven fixed onto two steel bars about 1" square on either side to allow for ventilation and have you thought about the stability if it isn't fixed to the table too as if you open the door it might topple or would become unstable. Having said all that he wouldn't consider doing what you're planning as it wasn't made for that. Sorry this has gone on for so long and it might not be of any use. But let me know the age of the oven then he might be able to help with the insulation question.

Wendy :)

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dingleberry

oven on worktop

Hmmm... I think, going by your hubby's recommendations, that I may have to reconsider. The cooker is only 3 years old but it sounds as if the heat/ventilation may cause a problem as the sides do get quite hot. The bottom part (under the oven) is actually a storage drawer so perhaps that would act as a vent. As for the toppling issue, I was contemplating bolting it to the wall!! Thanks for your advice Wendy - it was worth looking into.

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Wendy

Dingleberry

Sorry I couldn't be more positive about your plans. Husband has been thinking about it and still thinks you shouldn't do it. As he said you don't have to take his advice he was just coming up with things you may not have thought about. Someone who sees your oven and your plans for it may think differently.

Wendy :)

 
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