You need to contact the manufacturer of the stove (email, their web site, call them, whatever). Reason: the stove must be installed per the manufacturer's instruction for that model of stove. Also, you need to check with your local code enforcement official for any other requirements beyond the manufacturer's requirements.
Typically stoves need to be installed at least 2" (edited; the burners should be at least 2") on the sides away from a wall or counter combustible surface. Also, the flooring under it should be able to withstand 200F in most cases. Drapes need to be away from the stove; on and on and on. It is an issue of safety and you sound like someone who wants the safest installation possible, which is the thinking everyone should have. The importance of following the manufacturer's instruction is critical, that is why you should contact the manufacturer and your local code officer to assure yourself of a great night's sleep.. every night!
Damn the terrorists!
Last edited by Jacksnap : January 27th, 2005 at 01:34 PM.
Reason: detail re 2" side space