Outdoor Kitchen / July 23, 2018 / Chapin Boule
Bluestone countertops are certainly durable enough to handle the outdoors especially considering a bluestone countertop may match your dining patio. In style bluestone countertops bring a formality to the look of the outdoor kitchen. Other countertop options include concrete slate tile marble and soapstone. In the end local stone such as bluestone seem to hold the best balance between cost durability and beauty. (Also 2inch bluestone should be used instead of typical 1and a quarterinch. This will provide the countertop with necessary strength and durability for transportation.)
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.
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.