Skip to main content
Fisher & Paykel Product Help

Locating Grill / Built-in Clearances


Tools required: Phillips screwdriver.

Before installation, remove shipping brackets from the grill. To do so, loosen the 4 screws on the bottom sides of the grill which hold the brackets to the grill. Slide the shipping brackets off and retighten the screws.

Remove all internal packaging and adhesive residue. To remove stubborn residue, use rubbing alcohol or a commercially avail- able adhesive remover.

Packing elements (i.e. plastic bags, polystyrene foam, nails, packing straps, etc.) should not be left around within easy reach of children, as these may cause serious injuries.


When determining a suitable location take into account concerns such as exposure to wind, proximity to traffic paths and keeping any gas or electrical supply lines as short as possible and away from heat sources. Locate the grill only in a well ventilated area. Do not build the grill under overhead unprotected combustible construction. Never locate the grill in a building, garage, breezeway, shed or other such enclosed areas. See following page for definition and illustration of outdoor areas. During heavy use, the grill will produce a lot of heat and smoke. Ensure there is adequate area for it to dissipate.

If locating the grill in a windy area, try to locate the grill so the prevailing wind will blow air at the front of the grill as shown in Fig. 02. This will assist the grill in venting hot air thru the back of the grill. In addition, this will help keep any smoke from blowing at someone who is cooking on the grill. If you have to locate the grill in a windy area where the prevailing wind is at the rear of the grill, a windbreak must be installed. The windbreak should be made such that it will block wind from entering the exhaust vent in the rear of the unit as shown in Fig. 02. Location of the windbreak relative to rear of the grill must adhere to the clearances specified for combustible or non-combustible construction as defined in these instructions. Refer to following pages.

As a high-performance gas appliance, your grill requires significant amounts of air to support the combustion process. Your grill is designed to take air in through the valve panel area, and send the exhaust products out through the exhaust gap at the rear of the hood. Using your grill in windy conditions can disrupt the proper flow of air though your grill, leading to reduced performance, or in certain severe cases, causing heat buildup in the valve panel area. This can lead to problems such as having the knobs melt, or burn hazards when the valve panel surfaces become too hot to touch.

During high wind conditions, it is best if you don’t use your grill. If you live in an area that is subject to frequent high winds, or a steady directional wind, then the installation of a suitable windbreak may be advised. If you have a grilling cart, it is best to position the unit so the prevailing wind blows into the valve panel, thus supporting the proper airflow. Winds hitting the back of the grill directly are the most likely to cause problems, although wind blowing along the exhaust gap in the rear can also be problematic.

Damage to your grill resulting from use in windy conditions, such as melted knobs or igniter wires, or valve panel discoloration from heat build-up, are excluded from warranty coverage.

Grill Placement

Wind hitting the grill while in use, especially winds blowing into or across this hood gap, can cause poor performance and in some cases can cause the control panel to get dangerously hot.




If wind is an issue, a wind screen should be added. The wind screen should be higher than the top of the opening in the back of the grill, with a minimum clearance of 76 mm (for non-combustibles) or 310 mm (for combustibles) from the back of the grill

Gas fittings, regulator, and installer supplied shut-off valves must be easily accessible.

This appliance shall only be used in an above ground open-air situation with natural ventilation, without stagnant areas, where gas leakage and products of combustion are rapidly dispersed by wind and natural convection.

Any outdoor enclosure in which the appliance is used shall comply with one of the following:

  • An enclosure with walls on all sides, but at least one premanent opening at ground level and no overhead cover. See Fig.3.

  • Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and no more than two walls. See Figs. 4 & 5.

  • Within a partial enclosure that includes an overhead cover and more than two walls, the following shall apply:

    • At least 25% of the total wall area is completely open and

    • At least 30% of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted. See Figs. 6 & 7.

  • In the case of balconies, at least 20% of the total of the side, back and front wall areas shall be and remain open and unrestricted.

The following diagrams provide a diagrammatic representation of outdoor areas. Rectangular areas have been used in these figures - the same principles apply to any other shaped area.

Fig. 3 - Enclosure with walls on all sides but
no overhead cover.

Fig. 4 - Partial Enclosure with overhead cover and
no more than two walls.

Fig. 5 - Partial Enclosure with overhead cover and
no more than two walls.

Fig. 6 - Open side at least 25% of total wall area. 30% or more in total of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.

Fig. 7 - Open side at least 25% of total wall area. 30 percent
or more in total of the remaining wall area is open and unrestricted.


Clearances to Non-Combustible Construction*:

A minimum of 76 mm clearance from the back of the grill to non-combustible construction is required for the purpose of allowing the hood to open fully. It is desirable to allow at least 153 mm rear and side clearance to non-combustible construction above the cooking surface for counter space. If you’ll be using the rotisserie op- tion, the space is essential for motor and skewer clearance. The grill can be placed directly adjacent to non-com- bustible construction below the cooking surface. (Fig. 8)

FIG. 8

  • Failure to maintain required clearances creates a fire hazard that may result in property damage or serious personal injury. We recommend installing the Grill as far away from combustible surfaces as possible.
  • The BGB Grill is designed to function in an open area. Recommended minimum clearances should be maintained to all surfaces (combustible and noncombustible) for optimum performance. Noncombustible material within the minimum clearance area could result in discoloration or deterioration.
  • If a noncombustible material such as stucco is covering a combustible material such as wood, the minimum clearance distance needs to be held to the wood. The presence of a noncombustible material inside the clearance zone does not eliminate the minimum clearance zone to combustible material. 

* DEFINITION OF NONCOMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL - Material which is not capable of being ignited and burned, such as materials consisting entirely of, or a combination of, steel, iron, brick tile, concrete, slate, and plaster.

Clearances to Combustible Construction**:

Minimum of 310 mm from the sides and rear of grill must be maintained to adjacent vertical combustible construction, above the counter top level. You should take in account that there is a large volume of heat, and smoke will exhaust from the rear of the grill. This may discolour or damage unprotected areas (Fig. 04). Do not install under unprotected combustible construction without using a fire safe ventilation system.

A 310 mm minimum clearance must be maintained under the counter top to combustible construction. The clearance can be modified by a use of an insulated jacket.

FIG. 9

** DEFINITION OF COMBUSTIBLE MATERIAL - Any materials of a building structure or decorative structure made of wood, compressed paper, plant fibers, vinyl/plastic or other materials that are capable of transferring heat or being ignited and burned. Such material shall be considered combustible even though flame-proofed, fire-retar- dant treated or surface-painted, or plastered.

It is required that a minimum of 3 x 65 cm2 of ventilation opening be provided for both the left and right sides, as well as the back of enclosure (Fig. 10), in order to safely dissipate unburned gas vapours in the event of a gas supply leak.

Note specific built-in enclosure ventilation requirements. See text and Fig. 10.


The grill is designed for easy placement into built-in masonry enclosures. For non-combustible applications the grill drops into the opening shown in Fig. 10 and hangs from its side flanges. A deck is not required to support it from the bottom. When using the insulated jacket in a combustible enclosure application, see the bottom of
Fig. 10. The insulation jacket assembly must be supported from the bottom by a ledge on each side and back or a solid deck.

A carpenter’s “spirit level” should be used to assure that the unit is level both front-to-back and side-to-side. If it is not level, burner combustion may be erratic or the unit may not function efficiently for grease flow. If the floor is uneven or has a decided slope, re-leveling may be required after each moving of a freestanding unit.

Insulated Jacket:

Installing this product into a combustible enclosure without an insulated jacket could result in fire, property damage and personal injury.

If the grill is to be placed into a combustible enclosure, an approved insulated jacket is necessary. Insulated jackets are available from your dealer. Use only the DCS by Fisher & Paykel insulated jacket which has specifically been designed and tested for this purpose. Review the detail drawing shown (Fig. 10) and take into account the provisions shown for gas line hook-up clearance in the right rear corner. It is required that ventilation holes are provided in the enclosure to eliminate the potential build-up of gas in the event of a gas leak. The supporting ledges or deck must be level and flat and strong enough to support the grill and insulated jacket. The counter should also be level.

  • Was this article helpful?