Nov 24, 2016 9:14 pm
I have a new house and it has not even been 3 months old yet
I used the rear burner for the first time which is closest to my Window "splash back" and when I put a pot on there the flame then widens a bit as they all normally do
But what is happening is my splashbut has a wide glass window with wooden skirting around it
The flame is way to close to the wooden skirting and its burning it!!
How did this pass compliance? I really wish I got a indepandent building inspector now, but I did not even know you could get them before I finished the house and signed off on it
I will call the builder tomorrow but now I am so stressed out about it, because I had to break my leg just to get them to come fix another issue
1. This is not safe and is extremely hazardous
2. I am now stuck using just 4 burners when I bought a 5 burner
By design standards what are the legal specs allowed when you put a stove near a splash back with a window with a wooden skirting around it?
See the pictures
If no one here knows who can I call and ask apart from the builder themselves because they could tell me whatever they want
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Nov 24, 2016 10:50 pm
I'd say that your splasback is non-compliant.
There are rules in Australia about how much space there needs to be around cooktops - these are listed in the Australian Standard AG/601-AS5601. Gas burners in particular get plenty of attention, thanks to the fact that they operate using a naked flame.
According to Australian regulations, the minimum clearance between a gas cooktop element or burner component is:
600mm of vertical clearance to a combustible surface, and 200mm of horizontal distance to a vertical surface. If these measurements can't be met, the surface in question must be protected with a fire resistant material in accordance with AG/601.
It's a little hard to get the full idea from the pictures but I would have taken the splashback up the wall and returned it into the window sill.
You were always going to have problems with that set-up.
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Nov 25, 2016 7:23 am
Someone I know had the same problem as well and they called the builder. It's one of those volume builders and when they refused to fix it, he threatened to go to facebook. Then the builder sent someone to fix. He had an independent inspector prior to handover but this didn't get picked up.
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Nov 29, 2016 9:51 am
Hi Drekko, there is no question that your cook top has been installed far to close to a combustible material and should never have passed final inspection. As Chippy has stated there is a minimum distance a gas burner can be from a combustible surface, you can download this information from the internet and hand it to your builder. I am not sure what your solution would be now that the kitchen is installed. If the window is replaced and a new solution in place of the timber frame, the glass would still need to be fire rated. In saying that the cooktop still is too close for my liking. For your cook top I would have done a deeper run of cabinets and bench on that wall.
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