Spring is on the horizon, and families are looking forward to playing, relaxing, and eating outside. Many homeowners have also decided that they love to cook outside. Designing an outdoor kitchen can be both rewarding and challenging, so keep reading for help in choosing appliances for your new outdoor kitchen.
Budget and Space
Budget and the available space are the two most important factors when looking for appliances you’re considering for an outdoor kitchen. Determine how much space there is, and don’t overcrowd the space with appliances. There should be ample counter space for plates, platters, and meal preparation. Also, keep in mind that you should have between four and six inches of space between each appliance. You can also try installing an outdoor fire pit to bring even more aesthetic beauty to your family and friends’ outdoor cooking engagements.
The Grill: The Most Important Appliance
Grills come in all shapes and sizes. A 30-32″ grill is great for a family of four and occasional get-togethers. However, for larger families or homeowners who entertain frequently, a 42″ grill would be better. Be sure to choose a quality grill since it is the centerpiece of the outdoor kitchen.
As an alternative to a gas grill, consider a Ceramic Kamado grill, such as The Big Green Egg. These have incredible heat retention and they can work as a smoker, a grill, or an oven. For a homeowner who likes to cook, these add variety and fun to the outdoor kitchen.
Gas and propane grills are convenient, but they won’t give the depth of smoky flavor that a good charcoal grill will provide. If you love the taste of homemade barbecue, you might need to consider getting a charcoal or pellet grill. While these may take a little more work and time to cook with, they will provide amazing flavor.
Keeping It Cool: Refrigeration
Included in this category are refrigerators, ice makers, kegerators, wine coolers, ice bins, and cocktail stations. Because outdoor kitchens are usually used when it is warm outside, it is important to have beverages to keep people cool. Some refrigerators have freezers as well, which is great for keeping ice and ice cream frozen and ready for use. A kegerator is fun for big football parties and barbecue get-togethers.
Storage and Organization
Storage components, such as sinks, doors, drawers, combo units, pantries, and trash drawers, are important additions for making kitchens useful and convenient. Combo units are popular to use under grills since they save space. When choosing a sink, it is important to think about the expense of adding plumbing to the cost of the kitchen.
Buy Only Outdoor Appliances
Regardless of which appliances are chosen, only buy appliances that were made to be used outside. While they may cost a bit more, they are specially designed to resist corrosion, oxidation, and scratches. Using indoor appliances will quickly wear out and it will cost more, in the long run, to keep replacing them.
Consider the Power Source
Outdoor appliances usually use electricity or gas. You may also have the option of choosing either propane or natural gas. Zoning requirements can limit choices, so be sure to do some research before making any final decisions.
Outdoor kitchens can completely change the way you eat and relax in the summer. Do your best to research carefully and shop for the best fitting appliances for your outdoor kitchen.