I am building a new kitchen in the UK and I want a 5-6 burner induction hob/stove.

However, a 5 or 6 burner induction hob is more than twice a 4 ring one. Given that I am looking at other options.

  1. Install a 2 ring hob next to a 4 ring one
  2. Suggestions?

Installing a 2 ring hob brings up regulation problems - as safe distance between appliances is 200mm. Has anyone got any experience with navigating UK building regulations to figure this out?

IMO installing a hob next to another hob shouldn't require a 200mm gap.


  • I can kinda guess what a "hob" is from context, But what does it actually stand for? (Trying to learn more about "English" as I speak "American", LOL) Mar 11, 2020 at 15:25
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    I'm guessing that "hob" is a UK word for "stove" or "cooktop".
    – jwh20
    Mar 11, 2020 at 15:36
  • Jwh20 is correct I had to ask a while back. I don’t know why any separation would be needed the induction is only on the surface “burner” area. If there needed to be a space one could not be next to many appliances or at least anything made of ferrous metal.
    – Ed Beal
    Mar 11, 2020 at 15:58
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    The sparky is happy to install it with a 50mm gap, if any in the end :) Apr 16, 2020 at 9:35
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    One thought is the supports in the benchtop - you might need to add a small cross-brace in your cabinetry to support the thin piece of benchtop between the two large holes for your hobs. They won't support each other like a single large cooktop would, and you don't want it to sag.
    – Criggie
    Aug 12, 2020 at 9:41

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We have now completed the build on this project.

The hobs/stove tops were installed with a 50mm gap by the sparky/ electrician. Building control/ regulations certificate and safety certificates have been issued.

Therefore it is acceptable to all parties to install a hob with a 50mm gap. We used a 900mm wide exhaust fan to cover both hobs.

See a photo: Picture of 2 hobs installed

  • It's kind of tweaking my OCD a little, but a great looking kitchen! Congrats!
    – gnicko
    Aug 12, 2020 at 15:01
  • Thanks @GregNickoloff. You are going to have to explain how it "tweaks" your OCD? Aug 12, 2020 at 20:11
  • Just kidding about the fact that there are 4 burners on one side and two on the other catches my eye. My daughter has me conditioned to needing perfect symmetry. It looks great. Really!
    – gnicko
    Aug 12, 2020 at 21:48
  • Thanks @GregNickoloff :) Aug 13, 2020 at 9:38

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