What to look for when buying outdoor kitchen appliances?

Buying appliances is not easy. Unlike a rug, a vase, or kitchen utensils, appliances can’t be taken back easily. Returning appliances that you don’t want or don’t feel satisfied about may not only be worrisome, it is also difficult on both the part of the buyer and the seller, especially if these are outdoor kitchen appliances that are not widely commercial.

Some outdoor kitchen appliances are small and do not generally cost much (depending on quality and brand), such as grills and side burners. These may be returned easily and exchanged to a new one without hassle as you can simply load it to your car and drive it back.

The appliance center would also be gladly to allow the return and exchange without fuss because stocking it back would be easy. But imagine the extents you will have to undergo if the appliance is huge, such as an outdoor refrigerator, big pizza ovens, and vent hoods?

To minimize the risk of you getting buyer’s remorse in the latest outdoor kitchen appliance that you are planning to purchase, we have rounded up some tips and examples that may help you in choosing the ones that may suit your needs and preferences.

 

What are the tips on purchasing outdoor kitchen appliances?

Know what you need – Don’t be like the guy who bought an enormous pizza oven because it is on sale only to learn that he only needs to bake one 14” pizza for him and his two friends who comes over once a week. Some questions to ask yourself include: How big should it be? How often are you going to use it? How often do you hold outdoor barbecue parties?

Check out what’s in store – Drop by the appliance centers near you to check what they have. List the ones that caught your fancy and ask the attendants about its specifications, warranty, etc. Never make an impulse buy! A sales attendant can be very convincing after they explain the pros of their product. Instead, round up the best three that you think will suit your needs and budget, go home and proceed to tip number two.

Read Reviews – Before you make any purchase, check that appliance you are eyeing and read reviews online about it. The Internet gives good comparisons and people who have purchased them are frank when they write their reviews whether they rave or rant. It also makes it easier for you to know which ones to avoid.

Or better yet, invite yourself over to your neighbors’ or friends’ houses and check out their outdoor kitchen appliances. Ask them for a good advice and what they think about their purchases. These people are very honest when they say when an appliance gives them problems at least once a month.

Get the right size – You don’t want to purchase new sets of tools and cooking equipment such as baking dish and pots to use along with your new kitchen appliance. This only incurs additional purchases that aren’t necessary. Also make sure that your new appliance isn’t too big for your patio or is too complicated that you will have to redesign your entire outdoor space.

 

What are the outdoor kitchen appliances you need?

Now that you have read the tips purchasing, you should next have an idea on what to purchase. What are the main appliances that your outdoor kitchen should have? We have listed the typical ones that should assist you in your cooking activities.

 

Grill

This is the most common feature of any outdoor kitchen. You have a choice to buy a portable or a built-in grill, whether to use natural gas or propane, etc. The portable is only good if you want it to move around your backyard. However, if you are set on having it only in one area, just make it in-built.

Having it fixed in one area is more coordinated, especially if you have designed your outdoor kitchen with fixed countertops and burners. Get something like the:

 

Char-Broil Performance Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner and Cabinet

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill
  • 300 square inches of primary cooking over porcelain-coated grates
  • 120 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
  • Two top-ported tube burners for lasting performance and better temperature control

 

Refrigerator

Just like the grill, refrigerators may be built in. This is only advisable if the fridge is small and well coordinated with the countertop and kitchen design. If it is huge, then you can place it where it won’t be a nuisance while you cook. Some refrigerators come with wine coolers, which is a fun addition to your outdoor kitchen.

Since the kitchen is outdoors, make sure to get a stainless steel one so it can withstand humidity and other corrosive substances/factors. A premium stainless steel refrigerator such as the:

 

Bull Stainless Steel Outdoor Refrigerator

 

Pizza oven

Just like the grill, this can be portable or built-in. Though not a must-have as a grill, pizza ovens are fun to have. It makes a great addition to your outdoor kitchen and greatly entertains visitors.

Pizza is also exciting to add to the menu aside from the traditional grilled hotdogs and burgers. A no-fuss pizza grill is the:

 

Blackstone 1575 Outdoor Oven

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Pizzacraft PizzaQue PC6500 Outdoor Pizza Oven
  • Revolutionary new way to cook pizza
  • Pre-heats and is ready for cooking in 15 minutes
  • Makes crisp oven-style pizzas in just 6 minutes

 

Burners

Great for heating up dishes on the go as you don’t have to take a trip indoors when you need to. It comes in a wide array of varieties: Built-in or on cart; electric, natural gas, or propane; double or single; and many more.

The benefit of having a burner handy is that it serves as a backup-cooking device when outages occur. It is also perfect for sautéing onions and sauces to top your grilled goodies. Check out the:

 

Bull Outdoor Stainless Steel Double Side Burner

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Bull Outdoor Products 60099 Stainless Steel Double Side Burner, Natural Gas
  • Bull Stainless Steel Natural Gas Double Side Burner Makes it easy to prepare your vegetables or sauces while grilling and not having to step inside to use your stove
  • A two burner unit with all the power of it's indoor counterparts
  • You will have the versatility of two burners

 

Conclusion

Appliance hunting is not an easy task but after you have rounded up your top picks, it will be fun putting them together to create your very own outdoor kitchen.  This type of kitchen is not only fun for your guests, but it you will also find it enjoying and efficient. Just make sure that you have the right outdoor kitchen appliances for a fuss-free and worthwhile outdoor grilling and cooking.

What are Modular Outdoor Kitchens?

Modular outdoor kitchens are making rounds in the market not only because of its sleek and efficient design but most importantly because it gives a homeowner an instant outdoor kitchen.

Since this type of outdoor kitchen is pre-fabricated, meaning you don’t have to go to extents of cutting wood and hammering them together, it is practical and budget-friendly. Not to mention, it saves you a lot of energy and time.

Some modular outdoor kitchen also ships complete with countertops and appliances. You may also choose to purchase only the modules if you already have existing appliances you want to use.

Modules come in kits that you have to assemble together. When assembled, they resemble kitchen countertops shaped in an upright rectangular that when put next together creates the outdoor kitchen of your dreams. These modules are ready to house your outdoor appliances.

Take note that you have to measure the width and height of the appliance you plan to built-in before assembling the module to make sure that it perfectly fits. This brings us to the next main topic on modular kitchens: customization.

 

Can you customize modular outdoor kitchens?

Yes, modular outdoor kitchens are fully customizable. It is absolutely necessary for modular outdoor kitchens because very household has different types of appliances and not all have similar width and height. Therefore, modular kitchen kits may be customized depending on the size of the appliance it will house.

Custom fitting is not difficult especially if you are a handy man with prior experience with minor building. You just have to cut out an extra space in the module for bigger appliances. These modules come with DIY instructions and mistakes can be easily remedied so you won’t have to worry about not doing it perfect the first time.

Apart from this, modules don’t come designed with fancy countertops and are not lined with pleasant walls. Most of them come in wood or stainless steel. This doesn’t say that you can’t use the module right away after assembly; of course, the module can perfectly function on its own and is not that bad to look at, but if you are going for a theme, you can easily customize it with the counters and wall linings you like.

Get something that instantly changes the way your countertop looks such as the:

 

Instant Granite Peel and Stick Black Granite Film

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Instant Granite Black Granite Counter Top Film 36" x 144" Self Adhesive Vinyl Laminate Counter Top Contact Paper Faux Peel and Stick Self Application
  • RENOVATE YOUR HOME WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK: Instant Granite countertop vinyl is the perfect complement for your DIY upgrade. Instant Granite countertop vinyl can be used to protect or update countertops in a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, workshop, or wet-bar.
  • EASY INSTALL, COMES WITH INSTALLATION TOOL AND INSTRUCTIONS: all Instant Granite vinyl film come with a no Bubble backing, making installation easier than other products. Easy removal without leaving residue.The base material for Instant Granite is a high-quality, calendered PVC vinyl and is fade resistant, easy to clean with most household cleaners, easily removable and will not damage counters.
  • AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO EXPENSIVE QUARTZ, GRANITE AND MARBLE: everyInstant Granitepattern is created from actual pieces of granite or marble! Our team has spent countless hours creating designs that consumers want most.

 

Some companies who manufacture kitchen kits will gladly take customization requests while some also offer unfinished kits that you can finish however you like. As stated before, only a simple DIY know-how will do the trick.

 

What should you look for in a modular outdoor kitchen?

What you would like your module to have depends on how big the module will be to fit all the appliances you want for your outdoor kitchen. For example, a grilling modular outdoor kitchen will just require you to have three to four modules: For the grill, sink, refrigerator, and prep table.

You may add a drawer that may not necessarily come with the module kit such as the:

 

Swiss Grill 3-Drawer Module with Lock Hinge Drawers

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MCP Island Grills Modular 3 Piece Island Electric and Propane or Natural Gas BBQ Outdoor Grill Kitchen, with Wine Refrigerator, Sink, Rotisserie, Black Marble Top and Free Protective Canvas Cover
  • 304 Stainless Steel, High Quality Black Marble Top, 8 Zone BBQ Grill, Rotisserie, 62L Wine Cooler/Refrigerator and Modular Sink Section.
  • Grill comes in Propane and will need to be converted to Natural Gas (if needed), 12,000 BTU Rotisserie Burner, 72,000 BTU BBQ Burners, Electronic Ignition, Rotisserie comes with 36" skewer and motor.
  • Large 692 Square Inch Grill Cooking Surface and 272 Square Inch Warming Rack, Full Size Protective Canvas Cover Included Free.

 

You may want an outdoor kitchen kit that comes with separate stainless steel modules for grilling, storing, cooling, washing, baking, and warming. It may also have a bar area and seating for family and friends. This type of modular outdoor kitchen kit is big and will require more space as it would function as a full-fledged kitchen.

You also need to choose the desired shape of your modular outdoor kitchen. A straight modular kitchen is advised for a small setup while an L-Shaped or U-Shaped is advised for a big setup.

Modules also come with sizes, as mentioned before; you need to know how big your appliance is for it to fit. For grills, it is usually five feet for a 40-inch grill, four feet for 30-36-inch grill and three feet for 24” grill. Modules for side burners, drawers, refrigerators, sinks, and bar centers are around two to three feet.

Also make sure that everything is prepared for your modular outdoor kitchen. Some factors to consider are the location, space, and plumbing, gas, and electricity provisions. Accessories to add to your kitchen should also come to mind such as an exhaust like the:

 

Broan Three Speed Power Pack

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Broan PM390 Power Pack Range Hood Insert, Silver
  • 6-Inch round duct connector/back draft damper. Designed to fit flush with the bottom of a cabinet or custom hood installation. Also designed to be used with Broan's "Box" or "T" design custom liners.
  • Max Sones/100 CFM 1.5. Rated Voltage : 120 V
  • HVI rated 500 CFM, operates at 9.0 sones

 

Why should you invest in a modular outdoor kitchen?

If you aren’t convinced yet as to why you should go for a modular outdoor kitchen, we have listed some points that show the benefits of this type of kitchen setup.

  1. It requires little to no kitchen design and planning. Since you don’t have to plan and design, you don’t have to build too. Everything is pre-built for you.
  2. It installs fast. You can request for it to be installed by the company where you bought it or if you have DIY skills, you can install it on your own using the manual that comes with the kit.
  3. It saves you labor costs. Instead of using the money to pay for labor, you can use the extra cash in revamping the look of the modules. Purchase countertop covers and walls made of stone to make your kitchen more elegant-looking.
  4. It can be used immediately. Constructing a modular outdoor kitchen may take only a few hours when compared to building a customized outdoor kitchen that may take weeks.
  5. It can be taken with you when you move. Building another outdoor kitchen in your new home will incur extra costs. If you move quite a lot, it is best to invest in a modular kitchen that you can take with you instead of having built-in every time you move into a new house.

 

Conclusion

Choosing prefabricated modular outdoor kitchens save you time and energy because the work is already done for you compared to building a custom-designed outdoor kitchen. However, this is not to say that modules can’t be customized; you may design your outdoor kitchen the way you want.

Choose from granite, tile or stucco for the walls and countertops, and add matching chairs and cabinets. Your imagination is the limit. Basically, a modular outdoor kitchen just makes everything easier as all aspects of the island is already built.

What are the best Outdoor Kitchen Grills?

One of the main necessities of a household, comparable to television (almost), is an outdoor kitchen grill. Why? It is because grilling is a popular cooking choice by American families because it is fun, fast, and creates delicious dishes.

This activity brings friends and families closer together and gives people more time to socialize while keeping their bellies full and satisfied. Parties and social gatherings are not complete without barbecue. Many holidays in America are celebrated with grilling.

It is also cheap and fuss-free. While inviting guests over to dinner may be popular, nothing beats good old backyard barbecue. People love more the smoky and carefree backyard ambiance rather than the stiff, formal dinner.

Because everyone should own an outdoor kitchen grill, we have rounded up the types of grills out there and what each kind brings to the table. To make your search easier and faster, we have also listed products that you may include in your next shopping list.

 

What are the types of outdoor kitchen grills?

Many would consider outdoor kitchen grills to be the same – they all barbecue great mouthwatering hotdogs and burgers. While that is true, grills differ greatly, not just by price, but also by type and materials. Before your purchase what’s right for your needs and budget, you need to be in-depth with the advantages and disadvantages of these types of grills.

  1. Gas Grill – Quite the most popular among backyard grills. This is mostly used because homes are connected to natural gas from their utility provider, which they can just connect to their grills. Bottled propane, which is easy to acquire, is also used to fire up this type of grill. However, if you have already access to natural gas, it is more convenient and cheaper to use that than refilling propane tanks.

Pros: Best used by people who want to immediately start the grill and don’t want the mess caused by the use of charcoal. It doesn’t require too much maintenance unlike a charcoal grill that you have to clean every after use.

Cons: This type of grill is more expensive than its charcoal counterpart. If you are also a big fan of having a smoke flavor added to your hotdog and burger, you won’t get much of that by using this. You may be able to get a tiny hint of smoke flavor but compared to the smoky goodness a charcoal grill may bring, it is nothing. If the smoke flavor doesn’t bother you, and you like your burgers fast, then this grill is for you. Take note however, that because this type of grill comes expensive, the parts for replacement (if it comes to that) are expensive as well.

 

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared Gas Grill with Side Burner and Cabinet

Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 300 2-Burner Cabinet Liquid Propane Gas Grill
  • 300 square inches of primary cooking over porcelain-coated grates
  • 120 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
  • Two top-ported tube burners for lasting performance and better temperature control

 

Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill

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Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE
  • Portable propane grill ideal for tailgating, picnicking, and camping
  • Delivers 20,000 BTUs of heat across 285 square inches of grilling surface
  • Swaptop interchangeable cooktops allow you to switch grill grates out for griddle and stove grates (sold separately)

 

  1. Charcoal Grill – This type of grill use charcoal briquettes for fuel and firepower. As previously mentioned, people use this type of grill because it gives out that authentic smoky flavor and aroma to the food, especially when grilled using natural wood. Not only is the grill cheaper than the gas grill, charcoal is also cheap making it the best choice for barbecuing on a budget.

Pros: People who love the added strong smoky flavor will love this grill. It is also great for searing meat because charcoal burns at a higher temperature than gas. It is also great for cooking indirectly. Meaning you can have one side roasting, while the other side can be for heating. Gas grills give universal heat on its entire surface.

Cons: Meat cooked over charcoal takes a while to cook. Not only that, it takes a bit of time just to prepare the charcoal and fire it up, unlike a gas grill that only takes a minute to heat. Prepare at least 45 minutes for starting the coals and heating the grill and another 15 minutes or more to cook the meat thoroughly (it takes more depending on the thickness of the meat).

 

Char-Griller Pro Deluxe Charcoal Grill

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Char-Griller 2828 Pro Deluxe Charcoal Grill
  • 580 square inches of primary cooking space, warming rack 270 square inches for a total of 850 square inches
  • Cast iron cooking grates in four lift-able sections for access to coals
  • Easy dump ash pan and adjustable charcoal grates

 

Weber One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill

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Weber 441001 Original Kettle 18-Inch Charcoal Grill
  • Kettle grill with 240 square inches of total cooking space
  • 18-1/2-inch-diameter plated-steel cooking grate; rust-resistant vents
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with glass-reinforced nylon handles

 

  1. Electric Grill – This type of grill uses electricity and heated grill plates to cook meat. It requires no fire and comes with indoor and outdoor varieties. Take note, this type of grill doesn’t come close to what a gas or charcoal grill do.

Pros: People who live in the city or condominiums that have strict fire regulations, especially by using gas or charcoal grills. It also saves you a lot of space because of its small size and portability.

Cons: Meat cooked through an electric grill doesn’t taste as good compared to charcoal and gas grill. The smoky flavor is totally gone.

 

George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Grill

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George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver, GGR50B
  • 15+ Servings - It's tailgate time! The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface lets you make over 15 servings for large groups of people
  • George Tough Nonstick Coating - There's a lot to love about this nonstick coating; it's durable, easy to clean, and removes the need for butter and oil
  • Indoor/Outdoor Removable Stand - Don't let the weather keep you from the glory of grilling; the easy-to-remove stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time

 

Meco Deluxe Electric Cart Grill

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Easy Street Electric Cart Grill with two folding, composite-wood side tables and wire shelf
  • 200 square inches of cooking space
  • Three-position cooking element. With three heating positions, this grill is capable of (1) cre ating a zone of even heat for traditional grilling, (2) creating a versatile zone of different temperatures for c ooking medium, rare and well-done simultaneously and (3) converting to a fully vertical position for rotiss erie grilling (rotisserie sold separately).
  • This grill's rolling cart makes it convenient to transport, and its wire shelf helps keep your grilling materials together.

 

What are the factors to consider when buying an outdoor kitchen grill?

Price – Gas grills are more expensive than charcoal grills. This is the same for repair and maintenance; gas grills may require more expensive parts replacement than a traditional charcoal grill. Both grills may range from $100 – $1,000 or more. Pick a grill that not only suits your budget but also doesn’t sacrifice quality.

Size – Measure grills by their cooking area. A small grill has room for 10 to 15 hamburgers, while the largest ones can fit 30 or more. Consider the number of guests you invite and how frequent you host barbecue parties.

Material – Stainless steel gas grills last longer, especially in areas where the grills are exposed to rain and snow. Also make sure that the grills are made of durable and heavy steel.

 

Conclusion

Whatever outdoor kitchen grill you have picked, don’t forget to have fun grilling and barbecuing with your family and friends. It doesn’t matter if you own the most expensive or the cheapest as long as you find the grill that works for you. Also, make sure that your grill not only cooks the best hotdogs, burgers, and steaks, but also safe and easy to use. Happy grilling!

What to consider when selecting your Outdoor Kitchen Sink?

There is really not much difference between indoor and outdoor sinks; both function the same way and are mostly made of the same materials i.e. stainless steel. What makes them different is how they are treated and the environment they face. Outdoor sinks may also be a bit pricier because of the plumbing system, especially if it is non-existent outdoors.

Prices also tend to increase when you pick the thicker materials for your outdoor sink; one that can withstand the changing weathers. Keep in mind that thicker and higher quality steel will last longer and perform better. Indoor and outdoor sinks may function the same way but you will want something that will last amid risks of corrosion and staining.

To give you an idea of what to consider when selecting your outdoor kitchen sink, we have rounded the factors that may help you in picking the right one for your outdoor kitchen.

 

What are the factors to consider when getting an outdoor sink?

Material – Although stainless steel is the popular bet of many homeowners because of its endurance and longevity, some choose to go out of this comfort zone to try other ones, mostly for the sake of look and appeal. They pick the fancy ones like a hand-hammered copper and ceramic.

These types of materials can be presented in a glitzy manner, with carvings and designs that really make the sink pop in the kitchen. For some that choose usefulness over looks, their choice is the stainless steel.

Thickness – Price increases as the material goes thicker. When it comes to steel, such as the stainless, the lower the gauge, the more substantial the metal. However, like the fancy copper and ceramic, thicker metal is more or less a matter of cosmetic rather than function.

But of course, users will see the difference; thicker materials such as 16-gauge bowls last longer and can hold heavy pots and pans. Lower cost 20-gauge sinks are quite noisy when you place items in it. To save some money, have your 20-gauge sink sprayed with an undercoating of sound-dampening substance

Size and Style – The size and the style depend on the design of the outdoor kitchen and how much space you are going to allot for your sink. Some examples of styles are Undermount (installed below the counter), Drop-In (fitted on the counter), Rectangle (the traditional sink), and Double (features double bowls fitted together). Undermount allows for more space for food prep compared to the drop-in. This is because the edges of the drop in are extended on the counter. Shapes to choose from include zero radius (undermount), round, oval, square, and the traditional rectangle.

Price – To give you an idea of how much sinks cost, we have listed below sample products and their corresponding prices.

 

Single bowl stainless steel Vostia Top-Mount Stainless Steel Single Bowl 20-Gauge Sink

Vostia Top-Mount Stainless Steel Single 25x22x10 Single Bowl Kitchen 20 Gauge Sink
  • High quality, thick 20 gauge with 10" Basin
  • Top mount installation allows sink to become a focal point of the kitchen
  • Single bowl design for easy functionality

 

Double bowl stainless steel – MR Direct Equal Double Bowl Stainless Steel Sink

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3218A 18-Gauge Undermount Equal Double Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink
  • BALANCED STYLING -- Wide curved corners sweep through both deep, equal-size bowls and combine to create a balanced, contemporary appearance
  • EXCEPTIONAL DURABILITY -- Constructed of premium-quality, 304-grade stainless steel at the industry-standard 18-gauge thickness
  • NOISE CESSATION -- The tinny sounds of running water or echo of dropped dishware is muffled by sound-dampening pads applied to its underside

 

Zero-radius undermount – Vigo 16-Gauge Undermount Stainless Steel Single Bowl Sink

VIGO VG3219C 32 inch Kitchen Sink Undermount 16 Gauge Single Bowl Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink, Commercial Grade Sink with SoundAbsorb Technology
  • SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP: This innovative 32" handmade undermount sink has fully undercoated walls with a unique sound-eliminating technology. A rubber composite is coated on the exterior of the sink preventing condensation. Enduring stainless steel composition ensures resistance to superficial damage like dents or scratches and is guaranteed not to rust.
  • MODERN APPEAL: This stainless steel kitchen sink is a modern take on the concept of the traditional farmhouse design. Constructed wholly of premium 304 Series stainless steel with a commercial-grade premium satin finish that's smooth to the touch.
  • SPACE: A deep sink basin creates additional room to fit large pots and pans. This sink is designed to maximize standard sink usability. The combination of optimal space and durability allow for a variety usage purposes.

 

Copper Sink – MR Direct Double Offset Copper Sink

911 Offset Double Bowl Copper Apron Sink, Sink Only
  • NOSTALGIC STYLING - Call it apron or farmhouse, this sink flaunts a bold decorated front, a full bowl, and a prep bowl; all hand-crafted by artisans from 99% pure copper
  • LIVING FINISH - The surface of this basin breathes in a constant reaction with the atmosphere and generates an ever-changing patina; a finish which adds old-world character to the copper's appearance
  • NOISE CESSATION - The tinny sounds of running water or echo of dropped dishware is muffled by sound-dampening pads applied to its underside

 

Ceramic Sink – Kohler Langlade Smart Divide Undercounter Kitchen Sink

KOHLER K-6626-6U-0 Langlade Smart Divide Undercounter Kitchen Sink, White
  • Smart Divide features a lower bowl divider that increases workspace and versatility.
  • Constructed of KOHLER Cast Iron.
  • Interior dimensions: 15 In. L x 18-3/8 In. W (left basin), 15 In. L x 18-3/8 In. W (right basin)

 

Installation – Buying the sink itself may not necessarily be the most expensive part of the sink; it is actually the installation and tying it into your home’s plumbing system. Hot and cold water lines must be run from the house and should be thoroughly insulated to protect it from the winter weathers that may cause freezing.

Same thing for the drainage; it must be routed to the wastewater system. Prices vary depending on the distance of the sink to the house, and likewise, the distance to the sewer system. Prepare at least $1,000 to pay your plumber.

Maintenance – Since your sink is installed outdoors, typically, it requires much more cleaning and maintenance compared to its indoor counterpart. Stainless can discolor if debris is left behind. This is the same for copper and ceramic, which can stain and sustain dirt if not properly covered.

A good cover doesn’t cost much but it will protect the sink from rain, snow, and dirt. It is also recommended to shut off the water supply and drain the lines during winter months to prevent freezing and bursting of pipes.

Faucets – Just like your careful selection of sinks, you should also consider getting a faucet that can withstand being exposed under the changing climate. Look for faucets made of solid brass instead of plastic or chromed metal.

Prices for faucet can be as low as $30 for chromed metal and go as high as $400 for a high-arching faucet complete with showerhead. A good brass faucet with showerhead, which is in the mid-range price, is the:

 

Pfister Ashfield Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Soap Dispenser

Pfister Ashfield 1-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Soap Dispenser, Brushed Nickel
  • Meets ADA/ANSI A117.1 requirements, ensuring accessibility to all disabled persons
  • Product complies with NSF/ANSI 372 and conforms with lead content requirements for "lead-free" plumbing as defined by California, Vermont, Maryland, and Louisiana state laws and the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • 1, 2, 3, or 4-Hole installation with optional deckplate

 

Why is stainless steel the recommended sink for outdoor kitchens?

  • Affordable: High-end stainless steel options are really no different to its lower priced counterparts. You can get high quality 16-18 gauge sinks that are quiet and thick enough to hold heavy items at a fraction of a price.
  • Durable: Stainless steel sinks won’t crack, chip, fade, or stain with proper care.
  • Rustproof: Stainless steel metal has corrosion resistance and it gives out a nice glow. For your sink to continually have that nice sheen you should take care of it. Maintaining it is easy; you don’t need harsh chemical substances to clean it. Only a simple household cleanser and tower will do.
  • Longevity and recyclability: Stainless steel is proven to give optimal performance for years. It may also be recycled as it doesn’t degrade or lose any of its properties in the recycling process. It’s a good green option.

 

Conclusion

You don’t have to spend too much when buying your outdoor kitchen sink because there are tons of choices in the market that promises longevity and top performance. Although some models come cheap, it doesn’t mean that they won’t function well, especially if you have picked a stainless steel one.

Just make it a point to try and care and protect for your sink, especially since it is installed outdoors, under the harsh weathers. Sinks that are not maintained and cared for, no matter how cheap or expensive, will not last.

What to look for in an Outdoor Kitchen Grill?

Although surrounded by many outdoor appliances, the grill is the heart of your outdoor kitchen. Barbecuing and searing meats are the most popular activity done in an outdoor kitchen because it is not only fast, it also serves delicious and juicy grilled meat.

Americans love grilling and they had made it a part of their lives; weekend gatherings with family and friends, birthday celebrations, and holidays, are not complete without grilling.

We have listed some ideas that will help you paint a concrete picture of what you need and what you want. Based on these factors, you may be able to decide on what kind of grill best suits you.

 

What are the factors to consider before getting an outdoor kitchen grill?

If you don’t own a grill or you are planning to upgrade, take some time to put many factors into consideration. A good grill is a big investment; therefore, make sure that you are really getting what you pay for.

Don’t rush to buy a grill; since it is considered as the most important feature of your outdoor kitchen, you really have to take into consideration whether or not you need to invest a big chunk of your budget.

Material – The main body of the grill can be made from cast aluminum, sheet metal, cast iron, stainless steel, or in the case of the Kamado Grill, ceramic. The preferred material for the gas and charcoal grills, especially for outdoor kitchens, is the stainless steel. This type of material is the most expensive out of the others mentioned but lasts longer.

Stainless Steel would most likely endure the changing climates with ease, as it doesn’t corrode. Before buying the grill, check if all components are made of stainless steel, such as the frames. Some parts are made of painted steel frames that can rust. Be wary.

Accessories – Also known as the other features that come with the outdoor kitchen grill. Do you want your grill to come with a side burner, smoker box, rotisserie burner, and metal cabinets underneath? The question is, do you need any of these features? Remember, additions cost money. Only purchase something that you need.

Size – How many burger and hotdogs do you plan to cook? Do you need something big that cooks up to 40 burgers at a time or grill a big turkey? If you will only cook a few pieces of chicken breasts, hotdogs, and steak for less than ten people, then you probably don’t need to buy a big one.

Location and Ventilation – Do you have a small space that you can’t afford to have your grill installed for fear that smoke and exhaust would clump in one area? Then maybe you should consider having the grill on wheels to move it whenever needed. If you have an outdoor kitchen and have a dedicated space for your grill, then make sure that it is located strategically: away from the cold and the wet areas.

Longevity – Although the thickness and thinness and the type of material plays a role on how long your grill can last, it all boils down to how well you take good care of your grill. Even if you have the best grill out there, it will rust and fall apart if left uncovered especially under the harsh outside weathers. Get a proper cover for your grill such as the:

 

Thick Heavy Duty Premium BBQ Grill Cover

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Scala Home Barbeque Grill Cover, Weber, Holland, Jenn Air, Brinkmann and Char Broil, Medium, 58"
  • PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT: Don't leave your expensive barbecue grill and accessories exposed to the elements! Keep your investment protected and cover your patio cart BBQ with a premium grill cover. This elegant grill covering fits most medium size barbecue grills (58 long x 24" deep x 48" high) and is perfect for Weber Spirit Gas Grill models E-310, E-320, SP-310, SP-320 & Weber Genesis Silver B models, as well as other brands like Brinkmann, CharBroil, and Jenn Air.
  • THE PERFECT BLEND OF STYLE & FUNCTION: With its elegant design and extreme durability, this premium quality cart BBQ cover is the most reliable way to protect the grill all year round. Featuring convenient air vents that reduce inside condensation and wind lofting as well as a waterproof, protective backing and guard skirt, this garden BBQ grill cover is a must-have accessory for your favorite grilling equipment.
  • PREMIUM QUALITY FABRIC: Made of heavy duty, water-resistant, 600 denier fabric, this grill cover promises to last. Able to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, this grill protector will keep your cart BBQ clean until your next barbecue and safe from the rain, sun, and wind.

 

What are the types of outdoor kitchen grill?

There are different types of grills that will suit your needs, preferences, and budget. Below, we have listed and briefly discussed each kind so you may get a better grasp of what can each type do.

 

Gas Grill

People pick gas grill for convenience. It ignites at a push of a button or at a turn of a knob. Heat can be easily controlled without having to constantly stroke the fire lest the meat might burn. Generally, gas grills are more expensive and are more difficult to install. You need a line for your gas utility if you want to use natural gas. Otherwise, you can stick with refillable bottled propane. Frequent trips to the propane store may be costly so it is better to invest in a natural gas line. Maintenance may be a bit of an issue; you need to take good care of this type of grill because replacement of parts may be expensive. A good example of a gas grill is the:

 

Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living BTU-2-Burner Propane Gas Grill

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Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless Premium Grills, 2 Burner, Liquid Propane Gas
  • 2 burners @ 15,000BTU each
  • TOTAL BTU is 30,000
  • Primary cooking area is 350 square inches

 

Charcoal Grill

Barbecue enthusiasts pick this type of grill because it gives out an additional smoky flavor to the meat. Since charcoal burns hotter than gas grills, searing meat is possible. However, unlike the gas grill, you have to spend at least 40 minutes just heating the charcoal and maintaining the heat before you may start to grill. You also have to continually stoke the fire while cooking and clean the mess of ashes afterwards. The good point is that this type of grill is cheaper and easier to maintain. For an example, check out the:

 

Charbroil 30-Inch Charcoal Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Kettleman Charcoal Grill, 22.5 Inch
  • Charcoal kettle grill with a 360- square inch total cooking surface.
  • 22.5-inch diameter porcelain-coated cooking grate keeps food on top and prevents flare-ups.
  • Hinged lid with mounted temperature gauge for ease of operation and temperature monitoring.

 

Kamado Grill

Although considered as a type of a charcoal grill because it uses charcoal as fuel, the Kamado grill is much different in function and form. It is a traditional Japanese earthen vessel fired up for grilling, baking, and smoking. Usually, the Kamado Grill is made of ceramic and claims to enhance to flavor and smokiness of the meat. The ceramic material provides excellent insulation, efficiency, and ability to hold very high or very low temperature. People with budget to spare splurges on the Kamado Grill because of its versatility; you may smoke and grill meat, and also bake pizza and bread. A good type of:

 

Kamado Grill is the Vision Grills Classic Kamado Charcoal Grill

Vision Grills Classic P Series Kamado Charcoal Grill
  • Cooking grate: 87 sq. in.; stainless steel
  • Overall dimensions: 16L x 16W x 18.5H in. (40-in. width overall with side shelves extended)
  • Heavy duty ceramic construction with glossy, charcoal-gray finish

 

Conclusion

There is nothing like dining outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather with your friends and loved ones. Having an outdoor kitchen grill makes this experience much more wonderful as you can whip up flavorful dishes in the nick of time. Not to mention, you won’t be putting much effort in preparing dishes for everyone and you won’t be left behind in socializing.

You don’t need the most expensive grill in the market; pick whatever suits your preferences and your budget and you’re good to go. So long as you know how to take care of your outdoor kitchen grill, then it will promise to last a lifetime.

What to look for in an outdoor kitchen refrigerator?

Refrigerators are necessary for a household that having one may not suffice especially if a family has an own outdoor kitchen. It is only fitting to get an outdoor kitchen refrigerator even if you are using it only once or twice a week. This is because an outdoor refrigerator makes life easier for the cook. Just imagine if you always have to take frequent trips indoors to get ingredients.

Outdoor kitchen refrigerators is very beneficial for backyard barbecue gatherings. You don’t really have to spend so much on your refrigerator; a small sized one made from stainless steel is more than enough because you only need to store ingredients or meat inside for a day of outdoor cooking.

There are many types of outdoor kitchen refrigerators in the market. The wide array is dizzying. To help you decide on which outdoor refrigerator to pick, we have listed the factors that you should consider before going out on a spree.

 

What are the factors to consider when buying an outdoor kitchen refrigerator?

 

Size

Know how big you plan to build your outdoor kitchen. If it is big, then you may have room for a larger outdoor refrigerator. However, this may not be necessary because as mentioned above, an outdoor refrigerator’s use may last only for a day, depending on how long or how often you have outdoor gatherings.

Most of the time, you only have to take out ingredients for a day of storage and take it back indoors after the party is over. Therefore, a compact stainless steel refrigerator such as the:

 

SPT Compact Refrigerator Stainless Door with Black Sides

SPT 2.5 cu.ft Compact Refrigerator Stainless Door with Black Sides
  • 2.5 cu.ft. net capacity with adjustable thermostat and HCFC free
  • Reversible door with slide out wire shelf for storage versatility
  • Estimated yearly operating cost: $28 based on 10.65 cent per kwh 2007

 

If you are going to have your refrigerator in-built, meaning it will be under the hoods of your counter, you should measure the dimensions of your counter and when you are sure of the floor plan, bring the dimensions with you when you go refrigerator shopping. Keep in mind that the standard height for all kitchen counters is 36 inches. This varies depending on how high you built your outdoor kitchen island.

 

Capacity

Just like the size, check out the refrigerators that fit your dimensions and imagine the amount of meat, other food, and drinks that you will store and if you think it will fit inside. You don’t want to spend too much time rearranging to make food fit. Make sure it has the right capacity; a big one that will have lots of empty spaces will eat up too much electricity.

Also consider the freezer portion of the unit; since most of the outdoor fridge’s content is meat, double check if the refrigerator has enough freezer space. If you want a dedicated freezer for your outdoor kitchen, you may try:

 

Sunpentown Energy Star 2.8 Cubic-Foot Upright Freezer Stainless Steel

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SPT RF-244SS Compact Refrigerator, Stainless, 2.4 Cubic Feet
  • Reversible stainless steel door with black cabinet; Flush back design for space saving
  • Slide-out wire shelf for storage versatility
  • Tall bottle rack

 

Type

There are two types, freestanding outdoor refrigerator or built-in outdoor refrigerator. Freestanding ones are best used if you like to move around your appliances. However, it should be placed far from hot appliances like ovens and barbecue grills. Built-In refrigerators are best used if you want it to seamlessly integrate with your kitchen counter.

However, you might need the help of a professional when installing it. Once installed, it may be difficult to change its location.

 

Style

If you think that there is only one standard style for refrigerators, you are wrong. The most common style, the one that is mostly owned, is the top freezer where frozen foods are kept at eye level. Then there is the bottom freezer, which is becoming a popular style because it tends to be more energy efficient.

Side by side refrigerator is good for people who like to see their frozen goods and refrigerated foods both at eye level. It also comes with a water and ice dispenser. Usually this type of fridge is big and has double doors. Rarely can you find a compact one for outdoors. The con for this type of fridge is that you won’t have wide space for pizza boxes and large items. But who stores big boxes in an outdoor refrigerator, right?

The last type is the drawer style refrigerator. This is recommended if you want your goodies separated per type. For example, meat in one drawer, refrigerated items in the next tier, and drinks at the bottom drawer.

The only downside for this fridge is it can be pricey. It’s efficiency for energy may cover up for that though! For this type of fridge, check out the:

 

Aficionado Built-In Drawer Refrigerator

U-Line U-3024DWRS-00B 24" Under Counter Dual Zone Drawer Refrigerator, Stainless Steel (Certified Refurbished)
  • Ships direct from the U-Line Corporation in Milwaukee, WI
  • Volume of 4.5 cu ft holds up to 90 bottles (12 oz) or 142 cans (12 oz)
  • Temperature range: 34°F - 70°F. Convection cooling system rapidly and efficiently takes items to the set temperature

 

Maintenance

Remember, your refrigerator will be stored outdoors for long periods under the harsh changing weather conditions. It should be ready to face moisture, rain, snow, heat, and cold. Get a refrigerator made with durable materials and one that will not corrode easily. A stainless steel type is the most recommended material because it can withstand weather.

You should also know how to take care of your appliances; even if you have the best stainless steel fridge, it is bound to fall apart without proper maintenance. Like any other appliance, ensure that the ones you will buy come with a warranty. Invest in a good quality one like the:

 

Blaze Outdoor Stainless Steel Compact Refrigerator

Blaze Blz-Ssrf-50D Outdoor Rated Stainless 24 In. Refrigerator 5.2 Cu
  • Automatic defrost reduces maintenance and freezer burn
  • Internal fan and digital thermostat for precise temperature management
  • Interior light makes things easy to find

 

Other accessories for your outdoor kitchen

If you have a wide outdoor kitchen, you may add some sort of a drink or wine station that will really entertain guests. It will be an additional expense, but if you are up with really making your outdoor kitchen extraordinary, then these additions may be worth it. Check out the:

 

Whynter 18-bottle Built-In Wine Refrigerator

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Whynter BWR-18SD 18 Bottle Built-In Wine Refrigerator
  • Measures: 23" Long x 12" Wide x 34.5" High
  • Capacity: 19 standard 750ml wine bottles
  • Tempered double pane gray-smoked glass for enhanced UV protection with security lock and key

 

Conclusion

A heavy-duty compact refrigerator is a necessity for outdoor kitchens. Make sure that you search long and hard and not buy on impulse, lest you might regret your purchase. There are many outdoor kitchen refrigerators that vary in sizes, type, material, and price. Ensure that what you will get will last you a good long while. After all, a refrigerator is a long-term investment.

What are the best outdoor kitchen covers?

Outdoor kitchens need utmost protection from the changing weathers. It should be prepared to face rain, snow, extreme heat and cold. Owners should not be dependent at the thought of their appliances being made of durable stainless steel and other weatherproof materials. Remember, even the most expensive and thick stainless steel can wither under the constant beating of the rain without proper care.

The kitchen island, which is usually made of stone and wood, can survive for long periods of being exposed in heat, moisture, and wetness. But it can only do so for long. Eventually, the parts will start to crumble. Moisture will breed bacteria in the woods, which will slowly but surely cause it to deteriorate. Not to mention, your infested counter can be unsafe for food preparation and cooking.

To convince you why you need an outdoor kitchen cover, we have listed more benefits, factors to consider when getting your cover, and the best ones in the market.

 

Why should you invest in an outdoor kitchen cover?

  • An outdoor kitchen cover protects your outdoor kitchen, appliances, counters, tables, and chairs against dust, sun, rain, and snow.
  • It allows you not to exert effort and waste time cleaning the furniture or equipment. Just remove the cover and your kitchen is ready to use anytime.
  • It protects your equipment and kitchen from corroding and other substances, which in turn, extends the life of your investment.
  • There is no need for you to bring your equipment to the garage or basement during rainy or snowy days. This is important especially if the appliances or equipment are in-built. The outdoor kitchen cover is your best bet in protecting it all year round.
  • Building a full or partial roof overhead for your outdoor kitchen may be the way to go if you have money to spare. However, roof overhead may defeat the purpose of enjoying the beautiful weather outdoors.

Most people pick to have partial roof to protect only the vital areas of the outdoor kitchen but it can be too costly. An outdoor kitchen cover can provide the same kind of protection for a fraction of a price. And you will still be able to have fun under the sun during your barbecue sessions.

 

What to consider when buying an outdoor kitchen cover?

Size – Not all counters are the same. Because of this, it might be difficult for you to find an outdoor kitchen cover that covers everything. You might be able to find several kitchen covers of different sizes to cover the grill, the refrigerator, the oven, the sink, and the counters.

If you want to have a single cover that is able to fit everything, you may consider getting custom outdoor kitchen cover. Given that, you can choose the color and material of your choice as well as options for fastenings. Prepare to shed more because it will be especially customized for you and may require more work.

Material – An outdoor kitchen cover may be made from Sunbrella Canvas, SeaMark Canvas, Marine Grade Vinyl, WeatherMax Canvas, Polyester Canvas, Tyvek, Nylon and other specialty fabrics. These materials are made to last and are especially crafted to face adverse weather conditions.

To make sure that your cover won’t be blown off, find one that comes with quality fasteners such as Velcro straps, Drawstring, Shock cord drawstring or Elastic.

Maintenance – Since it will catch all the dust, dirt, and all other elements, your cover should also be maintained and kept clean. The best way to keep your outdoor kitchen cover looking good is to clean and scrub it with water and soap at least once a month. Sometimes, you can simply just hose it with water. Thorough cleaning may be required at least once a year through an industrial washing machine.

 

What are the best outdoor kitchen covers?

We have listed outdoor kitchen covers that may help end your search. Keep in mind that these are not custom-fitted so make sure to get universal covers.

 

Patio Armor Multi Purpose Cover Oversized

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Duck Covers Essential Patio Chair Cover, Fits Outdoor Patio Chairs 29" Wide
  • PATIO COVERS: Fits patio chairs 29"W x 30"D x 36"H
  • One-year limited warranty
  • For harsher weather conditions, the Duck Covers Elegant or Ultimate patio furniture cover series are recommended

 

This may be the closest you can get at covering an entire outdoor kitchen. Because of its size, it can easily protect your counters and kitchen islands as well as nearby appliance and equipment. It is made from 380GM polyester that feels like canvass.

The heavyweight fabric along with drawstring gives a secure and tight fit. The underside of the fabric is also coated to protect your outdoor kitchen against moisture. You can be sure that your outdoor kitchen is covered from the changing seasons.

 

Classic Accessories Veranda Log Rack Cover

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Classic Accessories Veranda Log Rack Cover, 8-Feet
  • THE CLASSIC ACCESSORIES DIFFERENCE: CA Veranda covers have interior bound seams for strength, high-density stitching for durability, padded handles for comfort, matching webbing for a great look and California Prop 65 compliance for health and safety
  • Guaranteed to fit 8 foot long log racks 96" long x 24" wide x 42" high
  • Three-year limited warranty

 

Meant for covering log racks, this is also good for covering kitchen counters. It has two front access panels that you can use to get something inside the cabinets underneath. Velcro protects these panels for a tight and secure fit. The fabric also has an undercoating for added protection against wetness and moisture and has air vents to avoid condensation underneath.

 

Classic Accessories Veranda Patio Table and Chair Set Cover

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Classic Accessories Veranda Oval/Rectangular Patio Table & Chair Set Cover - Durable and Water Resistant Outdoor Furniture Cover, Pebble, Large, up to 108 Inches Long (70932)
  • THE CLASSIC ACCESSORIES DIFFERENCE: CA Veranda covers have interior bound seams for strength, high-density stitching for durability, padded handles for comfort, matching webbing for a great look and California Prop 65 compliance for health and safety
  • HEAVY DUTY PATIO FURNITURE COVER: Fits rectangular/oval patio tables and 6 standard patio chairs 108"L x 82"W x 23"H
  • OUTDOOR FURNITURE COVER with WARRANTY: Three-year limited warranty

 

This is best to use for your tables and chairs stored outside. It covers a patio table and six chairs. It has an adjustable elastic hem for a sure fit and the gardelle protective fabric system won’t crack in the cold weather.

 

KHOMO Waterproof Heavy Duty BBQ Grill Cover

KHOMO GEAR - SAHARA Series - Waterproof Heavy Duty BBQ Grill Cover - Medium 58 x 24 x 48 - Different Sizes Available - Compatible with Weber (Genesis), Holland, Jenn Air, Brinkmann, Char Broil, Kenmore & More
  • BE READY for anything Mother Nature can throw at you! Protect your Precious BBQ Grill with a KHOMO GEAR BBQ Grill Cover SAHARA Series!
  • PREMIUM GRILL COVER DIMENSIONS: Medium - 58"L x 24"W x 48"H - WIDE COMPATIBILITY - BRANDS: Weber, Holland, Jenn Air, Brinkmann, Char Broil, Kenmore HEAT SOURCE: Gas, Charcoal, Electric, Propane and Wood Grills
  • HEAVY-DUTY, DURABLE MATERIAL: Won't Crack in the Cold! 600D Oxford Polyester Fabric with Water Repellent PVC Coating Will Resist Any Weather Condition

 

This cover is dedicated to protecting the most important part of your outdoor kitchen, the grill. It is compatible with Gas, Charcoal, Electric, Propane and Natural Grills, has Click-close straps for secure placement, air vents and zippered pocket.

The fabric is made from water repellent PVC that will resist any weather conditions. For a secure tight fit, it is equipped with adjustable elastic hem cord with a toggle. The air vents minimize the chance of mold and mildew buildup.

 

Conclusion

Investing in an outdoor kitchen cover is cheap yet it brings so much added protection for your outdoor kitchen. Imagine how much you will save by avoiding frequent maintenance and repair for your counters and appliances. For a price of $100 below, an outdoor kitchen counter is something that you shouldn’t forget or overlook for your prized outdoor kitchen.