Outdoor Kitchen / July 10, 2018 / Chapin Boule
Honed finishes being completely flat do not collect spills because the surface can just be wiped clean as opposed to the rough grittier finishes. Honed countertops also benefit greatly if they are sealed. Flamed countertops feature this rough gritty surface as it is heated to extremely high temperatures and cooled rapidly. The flamed countertop achieves a rugged natural look. The rough surface can be somewhat random as a result of the unpredictability of extreme heat making this finish the most natural.
Next you must choose the type of finish for your stone countertop. First of all never use polished stone for an outdoor kitchen countertop. The surface will blind you with reflected sunlight and always look dirty. Allow the natural stone to look natural and it will enhance the style of the outdoor kitchen. Some possible finishes for a natural stone countertop include honed flamed and brushed. A honed natural stone finish features a smooth surface without the horrible reflection of a polished finish.
In summary pick a countertop. Choose a finish as long as its not polished. Use low voltage lighting and electrical outlets to make the outdoor kitchen as functional as the one inside. Stay cool with an umbrella sleeve. Stay warn with a toekick heater. Use 2inch thinstone veneer and a slabongrade foundation to cut costs. Include a glass tile backsplash for a stylish easytoclean surface. Finally always include a vent in the back of your grill so it doesnt blow up. Otherwise you may need these tips all over again.