This is the case of the homeowner re-modeler replacing the kitchen sink - with a gas stove!
Apparently they wanted the sink elsewhere. And there was one. Not well done, but there was a kitchen sink. The kitchen design company did not plan this kitchen!
But, the convenient cavity in the Formica counter top and splash block could not be resisted for the installation of the new stove top!
Why do I highlight the Formica counter top and splash block?
Because a gas cook top should not be so close to plastic and pressed wood!
This installation had not been there very long.
Much longer and a problem could not have been avoided.
Plastic is not made to take such high heat.
Wood is not made to take such high heat.
So far this cook top had avoided causing a fire, but that is just a matter of time I think.
While the cook top had not been there for very long, it was very obvious the kitchen exhaust fan had!
It was so clogged and goopy with grease that the grease was virtually dripping off the parts inside! Yummie!
My recommendation: smart is smart and not smart is not smart. And just slapping a cook top into any location is not smart. Heat does what heat does, and physics are physics! The heat of the gas flame on a cook top is +500F. Fortunately Formica takes a while to ignite into flames. But most plastics burn around 500F. So literally, here, in this installation, this kitchen re-modeler is playing with fire!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560