Outdoor Kitchen / July 11, 2018 / Parnella Lejeune.
Before you decide to start your outdoor kitchen design there is one main thing you should consider: Will you use it enough? If youre the type of person that only pulls the grill out a few times a year versus the person who pretty much doesnt use the kitchen once grilling season hits an outdoor kitchen might not be worth the extra money. But if you and your family grill often enjoy outdoor dining and entertaining than an outdoor kitchen is a great addition to your home.
For safety purposes always put a vent in the back of your outdoor BBQ structures. Every gas line eventually leaks. Including a vent will allow the gas to escape. If not the gas will sit in the grill until someone comes to turn it on and everyone knows what happens when uncontrolled gas and fire meet. A subtle vent in the back of the grill will allow excess gas in case of a leak to escape into the yard rather than sit in the confined space of the grill waiting for you to blow it up by simply lighting up the grill. Be safe and make sure you have some sort of vent in your outdoor BBQ structure. In other words dont blow up your house.
Once you have your cookware and countertop space figured out dont forget to look at sinks and cupboards as well. More undercounter space will let you keep more utensils grill tools plates and the like outside so you can make less trips back to the kitchen. On the same note you may also want to consider and outdoor sink. Many of them are very easy to install and maintain and they let you wash and dry your dishes right at the site of usage.
If you decide that an outdoor kitchen close to your house or even under a deck is the best option there are actually outdoor ventilation hoods that can help you circulate the air and keep heat from building up on certain parts of your home. Vikings Outdoor Hood even has a heat sensor so it knows when to turn on or off. Not to mention it features the same stainless steel finish as the rest of Vikings appliances giving a sharp and modern look to your kitchen. If youre really brave and are completely building your outdoor kitchen on your own there are plenty of great doityourself articles online that can guide you.