How much space does your range cooker need?
by Jane Denton
How much space is needed around my range cooker? Can I put wooden cabinetry right next to it? How high does the extractor need to be?
The space requirements around range cookers are one of the most popular conversation topics when going through the design process with our clients. Unfortunately, to give the most annoying answer possible – it varies.
For extractors, speaking in general terms, an induction hob can often have an extractor at closer proximity than a gas hob can. It makes sense that the flames of the gas hobs cause a much greater risk of fire than induction or ceramic.
However, this distance still has vast variation from appliance to appliance. For example an integrated Faber Inca Lux requires a minimum of 530mm gap between the hob and the appliance, whereas a Lacanche Bistro Hood requires a minimum of 750mm. Nearly all appliance manufacturers will provide an installation guide which will often have the technical diagrams required, complete with minimum and maximum distances. If you can’t find this information, don’t hesitate to call the appliance company. They often have very knowledgeable staff that will be able to help you.
Regarding gaps between range cookers and cabinetry, again check with your range cooker supplier. It is not unusual to find gaps between 2-10mm, although again, this does vary. Cabinetry can often be installed fairly tightly next to range cookers, with some exceptions. These usually relate to appliances that generate a lot of heat outwards. Aga’s, Rayburns and Everhots are all designed to produce heat for the home as well as be used for cooking, however, with modern developments, these appliances are often insulated enough down the sides to allow kitchen cabinetry to sit within a few millimeters of the appliance.
Large solid fuel cookers such as the Lincar Ilaria (pictured above) however are where the exception begins. The Ilaria is designed to be the power house of the home and will give out heat all around the appliance. Therefore, the manufacturers regulations are that no cabinetry sits closer than 200mm at either side unless it is protected with a metal casing in which case it can sit at 100mm either side.
Although we can work with averages and most popular sizes when developing designs, it is always a good idea to let your designer know as soon as you have decided on your appliances to allow them to make sure these gaps are correct. Suddenly changing from a Lacanche Macon range cooker to a Lincar Ilaria can have a huge effect on the design to allow for the fire regulations, so be sure to keep them informed.