I'm in the process of installing a Wolf CG365T/S gas cooktop, and according to the manufacturer's instructions, I am specifically instructed not to seal the cooktop against the counter.
I'm inclined to defer to the manufacturer, especially when it is called out specifically, but I'm also concerned about having no barrier between the top surface and the electrical connections and drawer contents below.
Can anyone provide some insight into why the manufacturer would specify this? Is this a common advisory for drop-in cooktops? Is it to mitigate a specific known issue that is caused when you seal (with caulk or some kind of gasket) the cooktop?
I'd like to make an informed decision, and decide for myself whether leaks or whatever the manufacturer is concerned about is the bigger risk. I may contact their support line come Monday, but I'm not optimistic I'll be able to reach anyone with any real knowledge.