I've a wall-mounted electric oven. Or rather I did have before a small, smouldering fire started and neary burnt my house down. The fire brigade informed me there was no air gap (it was fitted 5 years before I owned the house and sat flush onto chipboard) which caused the issue. I've found little in any oven installation instructions that details the need for a gap.

So I wondered - is it required? Do all ovens ship with 'feet' that enable the oven to sit within a cabinet with the required clearance?

  • The manufacturer's documentation should list clearances for the device. – Tester101 Oct 6 '15 at 13:26
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    You'd have thought so wouldn't you. It's vague at best. However the fire brigade stated that it's required. Unfortunately the previous owner/installer didn't deem it necessary. Cue smouldering fire. – penderi Oct 7 '15 at 7:46
  • The oven I am trying to install does not have an air gap specified in the manual but a 1-1.5 inch gap is built into the design. – beast May 22 '16 at 20:38

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