There is no other way that I can move the fridge elsewhere. I'm concerned that the heat from the stove makes the fridge work harder. Perhaps will burn the motor out quicker as well. I'm wondering if there is something I can use to protect it.
I'm not a fan of chipboard. It's all I've thought if so far though. Any other easy and affordable suggestions?
You will probably need some type of heat shield and then an air gap. You might like to take a look at our aluminium sheet options. You could cover them with insulation tape to reflect even more of the heat. Timber is also a great insulator but would need to be clad with metal to prevent flames from burning it.
I suggest using a white melamine sheet and making an artificial wall between your free standing cooker and your fridge. It is the air gap between your fridge and cooker that is important and will provide a buffer between the heat of your oven/cooker. Once built you can put a sheet of aluminum to repel heat and flames from the cooker as recommended by @MitchellMc. I hope the suggestion helps. If you could draw a picture of your current kitchen layout perhaps we can make a suggestion for another location for your fridge that you may not have considered.
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I agree with both @MitchellMc & @redracer01 in using melamine board plus an aluminium heat shield if you think that's needed. It would prevent heat marks where the oven door opens. (My kitchen has melamine boards right next to the oven, no problems except for light brown heat marks.) The existing exhaust hood appears to be made out of wood, so maybe the partition could go all the way to the top and be screwed to the side of that, which would keep it straight and look like it always belonged there. If you have, or can source, any of the splash back tiles, you could even tile the board which would a) make it "belong" , b) keep it clean and c) protect it from any heat from the cook top.
(Just pull the fridge out and attach the board to the wall with angle brackets near the bottom & centre too.)
Hi again @Wouldy I can't tell your real kitchen situation from this snapshot, but this could be a good opportunity to get more storage space too.
If you also add a board on the other side of the fridge (it could be attached on the edge of the benchtop if there is no gap between cupboard and fridge there. It looks tight.) with the same depth as the other side, taking it also to the top of the wall. You could then build a half-depth (to allow air flow at the back for the fridge) cupboard between them, over the fridge for storage. It would be good to also vent it through the ceiling if possible. Add some overhead cupboards to the left and it would be balanced and complete your kitchen. (But I haven't seen it, so you will know if that's practical or not.)
Hi @MitchellMc @redracer01 @TedBear
All three of you are so incredibly amazing with your ideas. I just love them. I am really time poor so at the moment, I am going to give it a go putting the fridge on the opposite wall, running an extension cord around the perimeter of the kitchen and getting the extension cord plastic holders that have the sticky parts sitting flush on the wall. I cannot remember what they are called now. I feel this will work better and is less time consuming. I am going to use the space where the fridge is for extra bench space. If this is not working so well, I am going to work on your ideas and get that going. Thanks so much for all the time you put into the community workshop here. I appreciate you all.
These were the ones I was talking about.
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