Stove re-insulation safe

Old 12-11-08, 09:52 PM
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Stove re-insulation safe

Is it safe for me to reinsulate my Magic Chef stove? Apparently, I can buy the insulation and do it myself with the aid of scissors and a screwdriver, according to one on-line source. However, other sources stated that if the insulation is not done correctly there's a potential fire hazard or you can end up with "hot spots." Can I do this myself, or is this a job for an appliance shop?
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Hello Cautious repair and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and to the Gas Appliances topic.

As with almost any Do-It-Yourself project, there is an inherent danger or possible/potential cause for danger, if the project isn't done correctly...

Both the sources you've explored are correct. Replacing the ovens insulation can be a do it yourself project. Problem is doing it correctly to avoid potential problems and/or hazards.

In this instance and for this type of advice, about all you'll get is opinions. In my opinion (IMO) if the oven already has insulation in it and you're going to replace it, duplicate it EXACTLY as it presently is. No more and no less then exactly as you see it installed presently.

In cases such as this one, the usually saying of "if some is good"...."more is better" does not apply. More isn't always better then less....

If the oven does not presently have insulation, best bet IMO is to inquire how to do it correctly at a local appliance retail parts store in your area. Not per on line advice web sites that sell insulation without instructions for that specific appliance, etc.

Obtain, if possible, a service manual or a print out of the page(s) regarding insulation replacement.

Done correctly all will or should be okay. Done incorrectly and possible or potential problems can occur. Always best to be sure it's done correctly. Fire is or can be a danger. To a lesser degree oven temperatures will be effected.

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