The manual on my kitchen cooktop states:

If a built-in wall oven is to be installed below this cooktop, the grounded outlet and gas supply piping must be located in an adjacent cabinet.

Is this a US code requirement? Or just a concession that there is no space for a gas hookup in the cabinet when a wall oven is installed in a base cabinet (since they go all the way back to the wall).

I want to move the gas line to inside the toe kick area of the cabinet with the oven and cooktop, as the 5" height there is more than enough space and is accessible when the oven is removed.

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    Most building codes (at least in the US) specify that you should follow all manufacturer's installation instructions. So despite what code says, following the instructions is usually the way to go.
    – Tester101
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 20:39

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I believe it's so that you can maintain easy access to the plug and gas valve if anything were to go wrong.

"is accessible when the oven is removed"

You don't want to have to move the oven to shut off the gas.

  • Ok, I can see your point, but having to remove drawers or empty a cabinet to get to the shutoff doesn't seem easy either...
    – simpleuser
    Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 20:26
  • @user1663987 -- it's easier than removing a built-in oven! Commented Jan 6, 2016 at 23:22

For Whirlpool ovens it says "For undercounter installation [under a gas cooktop], it is recommended that the junction box for oven be located in the adjacent right or left cabinet." [emphasis added] and then includes locations where a gas line can be located within the same cabinet as the oven.

So this must not be any countrywide code if manufacturers can give such widely varying instructions.

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