My new home has a 30” cut out for a range. I’m buying a 36” range, What should the width opening be to accommodate for this larger size?

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    Width of the stove or by stove instructions. A free standing oven/stove range I like about an inch or two extra. Installation instructions override everything.
    – crip659
    Aug 16, 2023 at 21:16
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    Peruse the no-doubt Fantabulous Installation Manual. Or send the range back to whichever import-drop-shipper has no manual and no NRTL listing for the appliance, either.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 16, 2023 at 21:27
  • Most major manufacturers (GE, Whirlpool, etc.) have very detailed instructions include precise dimensions available either on their own web sites or on major retailers such as Home Depot. As a general rule, they will typically size the appliances just a drop smaller (e.g., 35-7/8") than the nominal dimension, but you really need to check the instructions. Aug 16, 2023 at 21:31
  • If you specify the brand/model, someone might be generous enough to look it up for you, but...
    – FreeMan
    Aug 17, 2023 at 1:02
  • Our profssionally cut soapstone counters have an extra 0,315 inches total (5/16") over the nominal width for the stove. We currently have a slide in range in place and it fits with room to spare. Slide in ranges are designed to work with an exact nominal width. A high end freestanding range might require a little over the exact nominal width. Note that you want to have side gaps as small as possible because free-standing rnages do not normally have an overlapping top like a slide in. One brand of high end free-standing 30" range lists the width as 29.9". Aug 17, 2023 at 18:51

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The installation instructions for your new range should specify minimum width required for installation. Without knowing the specific make/model it's impossible to say, but a safe guess would be a minimum of 36" wide.

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