Gap between stove and counter -- how to seal it? [moved from General Topics]
I have a new stove and counter, and there is a small gap between them. Already some crumbs are getting down into the gap. (The stove is a 30" Wolf, which is very heavy, so this gap is, for all practical purposes, never going to get cleaned up.)
Some sort of vinyl stripping, perhaps adapted from weatherstripping, might work. Or silicon caulk. Any thoughts or suggestions? It seems to be an obvious problem, but the architect, contractor, and stove salesperson had no ideas...
Silicone caulk is what the contractor used with my similar situation when he installed the range two years ago. It's still working fine.
In a commercial kitchen, a sleeve would be placed over the seam, but I do not believe I can think of a home product, to fill the gap between the washer and dryer in my home, I put some foam sponge material between the two machines.. You could do the same or look for a thin styrofoam insulation sold in home improvement stores. If you make it flush with the counter, it may not be perfect, but at least you will prevent food, grease and other debris from getting in between and grease build up on the side of your stove. You could finish the gap with silicone.
You need to go to a Lowe's or Home Depot and ask around. Failing that, you can go to a catalog like Improvements or Solutions and look around. What i'm saying is I've seen them several times, I'm just not sure where, but what i've seen is a wide band of some mateilicone caulk by itself doesn't fill gaps.
We found "T" shaped stainless steel strips which are exactly the right length for this purpose at Home Depot many, many years ago. The top part is about 1/2 inch wide, covering the gap and the bottom part falls into the open space, also about 1/2 inch in length. I would think those are still sold in appliance stores/the appliance section of stores; never had to buy again...
That's what I have as well (the Stovetop Extender mentioned in a post below). I can't remember where we got them but it probably was a big box store. The work great and clean up well.
I remember them being made in plastic but those did not hold up well. The stainless ones are perfect.
Without knowing more about the specific application it's hard to opine, but I wouldn't use caulk. Possibly a finish piece at the edge of the counter adjacent to the range, an angle piece like an inverted "L" capping off the counter. Stainless or whatever works best design-wise. But again, I don't know anything about your counters/cabinets so I can't be more specific.