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Can't Fridges and Stoves Just Get Along?

Dear Doctors:

I'm in the process of remodeling my kitchen to free up space, and the only solution seems to be moving the refrigerartor next to the stove. In the past I've heard this is a no-no, but with the new insulation and technology, is this now an old wive's tale? Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you for your help.

John Kelliher

Dear John:

Yes, refrigerators and stoves can be put next to each other. If you do that, however, you generally render the two burners next to the refrigerator, front and back, useless. Or at the very best only for very small pots. The reason for this is that with the side of the refrigerator right up against it, there's no clearance for pot handles.

In addition, if the fit is that tight, make sure you check the direction of the door swing on the refrigerator, that it's opening in the appropriate direction. The hinge should be on the side closer to the range. Depending on the make of the refrigerator, you may need anything from one inch to nine inches between the wall and the refrigerator.

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