Originally Posted By: rpalac
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Ranges do not need exhaust as pointed out. Microwaves are also very common above ranges.
It is acceptable to have a range hood and/or microwave that is either vented or non-vented. (Meaning self circulating and not vented to the outside).
There is one item that is often overlooked. There must be a minimum maintained distance between the top of the range burner or elements to the bottom surface of anything over head. This includes range hoods, microwaves, cabinets or even the family canary. (sick I know....I'm off the med's hahahah) Oh, back to the distance thing. The distance is......drum roll.....18".
Since there is a move to replace the BOCA code with the International Building Code you need to double check that distance. At minimum they might have changeds it to 16' but I doubt it.
Does anyone know the exact code section? (a little help from my freinds....)