I know there is a minimum clearance to hood and cabinets above, but I can't find a side-clearance to a doorway.

My concern is someone coming through the door and not seeing the hot stove around the corner.

Edit: it's an interior door. I'm not concerned with drafts, I'm concerned with safety.

  • I have never heard of any clearance requirement between a stove and an open passageway. Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 12:16
  • An aunt of mine had a smallish, modest house with the stove right by a doorway and there never seems to be a problem. Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 12:48
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    The potential problem with a gas stove is draft. There may be other ways to deal with the problem. I understand why OP is asking, my great grandfather has a gas stove next to the kitchen door, in a 120 year old house, which he can’t open while cooking unless it’s dead still outside.
    – Tyson
    Commented Apr 1, 2018 at 14:39
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    @JimStewart yes, pilot light as well.
    – Tyson
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 2:19
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    @JimStewart “gas” is in the title. I admit I missed OPs last sentence somehow.
    – Tyson
    Commented Apr 2, 2018 at 14:04

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There is no code requirement in the IRC specifying minimum distance between stove and doorway.

Doesn’t make it a good idea, but it’s not banned.



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