How to Make a Stove on an Island

The average do-it-yourselfer can install a cooktop stove in an island without having to call in a technician and pay high labor rates. When you choose the brand and model that you want to install, choose one of the downdraft models to save yourself the trouble of installing a range hood. The actual time necessary to complete the project depends on the particular model that you choose and the type of energy it uses. Make sure the island is suitable for installing the type of cooktop you want to use before you make the actual purchase.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Long extension cord
  • Drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Jigsaw
  • Level
  • Wooden shims
  • Wire nuts
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Caulk
  • Caulking gun


    • 1

      Turn off the power for the kitchen circuit at the breaker box. Measure the countertop on the island using a tape measure and mark the dimensions you need to cut with a pencil. Drill a starter hole in the countertop using a drill and a drill bit large enough to allow insertion of the jigsaw blade.

    • 2

      Insert the blade of the jigsaw into the starter hole and cut away at the countertop to accept the stove unit. Check to be sure that the countertop is level. Use wooden shims between the countertop and the base cabinet to make it level if it is not. Insert the stove into the opening in the countertop. Secure it in place with the locking clips at the bottom of the appliance. Access the locking clips from inside the cabinet base.

    • 3

      Connect the electrical wires to the stove. Red or black wires are hot and white or gray are neutral. Connect the wires according to color and install wire nuts over the splices. Connect the ground wire to the stove unit. It will be a green wire or a bare wire. Tighten the screw using a Phillips screwdriver.

    • 4

      Seal the edges of the stove where it meets the countertop using a caulking gun with a tube of caulk in it. Connect the vent to the exhaust on the stove unit and tighten the clamp using a Phillips screwdriver. Turn the circuit breaker on for the kitchen power supply.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to install a stove in an island without first turning off the circuit breaker for the kitchen power supply.
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