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10 things you need to know about your range cooker installation


Have you just bought a new range cooker? Here are 10 key points to consider before you start its installation.

1. Who can install a range cooker?

This depends on whether you’re installing a dual fuel cooker or an all electric range cooker.

 - A dual fuel range cooker must be installed by a GAS safe registered engineer in accordance with gas safety regulations.

 - An electric range cooker (with electric ovens and an induction hob) should be installed by a qualified electrician in accordance with IEE regulations and local electricity provider rules.

2. Can a range cooker be installed anywhere?

You can install a range cooker in a kitchen or open-plan kitchen, but not in a room containing a bath or shower. The cooker should be positioned in an area with:
- Good light
- No draughts
- An adequate air supply

Call our technical team if you need more information (0844 463 9705, option 1).

3. What gap is needed either side of a range cooker?

You can install your kitchen cabinets flush to the sides of your Britannia range cooker, because a Britannia is well insulated. However, to allow for cleaning and servicing, it's recommended that a 2.5mm gap is allowed on each side so that the cooker may be moved if necessary. Range cookers from other manufacturers may need a larger gap to prevent heat damage to your cabinets.

4. What gap is needed between the range cooker and cooker hood?

We recommend installing your range cooker hood between 650mm and 750mm above the hob. Always check the installation manual as some cooker hood types, such as angled hoods, should be installed slightly lower. Installing the cooker hood higher than recommended will reduce extraction performance.

5. What electrical supply is needed?

The required electrical supply depends on the oven sizes of your chosen range cookers. Moreover, range cookers with an electric hob require a higher electrical supply than dual fuel range cookers. Always check the product web page or your range cooker installation manual; or call our technical team (0844 463 9705, option 1).

6. Are brackets required?

A stability chain or bracket is not needed, because the weight of a Britannia range cooker ensures it remains in place. However, you do need to ensure your floor is of adequate strength.

7. Range cooker installation in a chimney mantel

If your chimney mantel is made of combustible material, you need at least 75mm between your hob and the sides (and back) of the chimney mantel. It's best to have more space at either side of the range cooker, as this makes it easier to use pans with long handles.

8. Depth of range cooker

All Britannia range cookers are 60cm deep to fit the standard kitchen cabinet depth.

9. What height should a range cooker be installed?

What height is your work surface? All Britannia single oven and double oven range cookers have adjustable legs to match kitchen furniture between 870mm and 910mm high. Extra high legs are available as an optional extra to suit a work surface up to 945mm high. All XG range cookers (with a separate grill compartment) have levelling feet – making the cooker adjustable from 910mm – 920mm high.

10. What about a plinth?

Britannia XG range cookers come with a plinth as standard. All other Britannia range cookers can be installed without plinth, with a range cooker plinth kit in a matching colour, or with a kitchen cabinet plinth. For further information check out our guide to using plinth kits, or find out how to create the built-in oven look with a range cooker.

Need help with your range cooker installation?
Our technical team is happy to help. Email or call 0844 463 9705 (option 1).

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