It has been brought to HBF’s attention by a member that manufacturers of gas and electric (including induction) hobs often require a ‘panel’ to be fitted beneath the hob where an oven is not fitted below. See example image below.
The purpose of these ‘panels’ is thought to be to prevent heat transfer from the bottom of the hobs.
However, we have not yet received from any manufacturer a definitive purpose for this panel.
Where required, the ‘panel’ is sometimes referred to in manufacturer’s installation manuals.
More often than not in such cases a drawer unit or standard base unit carcass is fitted underneath.
The appliance manufacturers themselves do not supply this panel and hitherto neither have kitchen cabinet suppliers.
One member has advised that all their gas hobs are fitted by gas safe engineers and until very recently they have not been advised that any requirement exists.
On investigation it appears that the two leading kitchen companies were not aware of this requirement until recently and as such have not been providing these ‘panels’, though both now have a possible solution.
The purpose of this communication is therefore twofold;
Firstly, to make members aware of this issue (if they were not already so) such that they can investigate their own designs and installations.
And secondly, to investigate whether we should set up a small work group, possibly involving appliance manufacturers, kitchen cabinet suppliers, Gas Safe, IET or NICEIC etc to look into this matter in greater detail.
Could you please let me know by return your thoughts on all the above, and if HBF were to set up such a group whether you would be willing to participate in it.
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