Originally Posted by brucemc
So... how do you access the knives when the stove cover is open? Are the slots different sizes to accommodate the variety of your knives?
It's my opinion those slots are there purely for ventilation when using the oven, though I've seen several folks post where they use these slots for knives. If I recall correctly, our 2016 2250 has only 5 slots, and they are all the same size - about an inch long by 3/16" wide.
I picked up a 3' piece of 1/4 x 3 poplar from Home Depot. I also ordered a 3/16" plunge router bit from Amazon.com. I then ripped it to the same width as the existing piece of trim and cut it to the same length. After drawing a center line the entire length of the of the wood, I laid out the knife slots and spacing so they would fit. My knives sit on an angle so I had to leave extra room on the right hand side so they would fit properly. After I had the slots marked, I put the router bit in my router table and set the rip fence so I would be cutting the slots along the center line. I then proceeded to cut the slots in the wood. After that was done, I used a round over bit to put a rounded edge on the front and sides.
Once I test installed the wood and knives, I found that the knives rocked forward and back more than I wanted them to, so I added a strips of wood underneath to keep the knives somewhat vertical.
In reality, there is more venting area now than there was with the original 5 slots, so I am not too worried about heat being trapped.
As far as removing the knives with the stove top cover in the up position. I just lean the cover forward a bit so I can pull a knife out. We rarely need to do that though because we plan our meals, cut any meats or vegetables that we will be cooking, and set our dinner table prior to actually doing any cooking.
We actually will rarely use the oven for anything other than biscuits or cookies unless we are dry camping due to the fact that we also have a Micro/Convection combo oven and a generator.
The oven sure does make a good place to store bread and burger buns!