Outdoor Kitchen / July 11, 2018 / Parnella Lejeune.
It used to be that outdoor entertaining conjured up the familiar image of the picnic lunch at the park. You only needed a picnic basket thermos paper plates and plastic utensils. Or if you wanted to be able to host an outdoor luncheon or dinner you would toss some items on a barbecue pit out in the backyard and flip burgers and hotdogs. Cooking on a grill is a great way to entertain outdoors. However it is a nuisance to have to go back and forth from the kitchen to the patio. That is way outdoor kitchens have become more and more popular.
Continuing on the largescale side of things youre also going to want to consider having a smoker. Smokers being mainly and outdoor cooking element can find their home perfectly among the amenities of your outdoor kitchen. Viking produces outdoor smokers in both freestanding and portable varieties to fit your needs. Consistent and tenacious stainless steel on your smoker will match that of your grill nicely adding a bit of coherency to your kitchen. Many of Vikings smokers include Gravity Fed Charcoal technology and an Elliptical Airflow System allowing you to smoke like a professional.
This technique unfamiliar to the average homeowner incorporates a on grade foundation that will cut your structural costs in half. Your outdoor kitchen and grill can be set on a slabongrade foundation as opposed to a typical footing. Slabongrade means the shape is dug into the ground gravel is set at the bottom and concrete is poured level with the hole and reinforced by steel. This technique works in conjunction with metal framed structures metal framed structures weigh significantly less than masonry structures and are designed to handle the countertop weight. This simple system removes the need for a deeply dug footing and concrete block cutting back structural costs by 50 percent.
It is hoped that you have enjoyed this brief and thoughtprovoking questionnaire to help you along your path in designing your dream outdoor kitchen space.The next article in this series will take this questionnaire a step further in terms of really nailing down some of the more detailed space planning aspects of your outdoor kitchen project such as kitchen shape location water availability etc. This is sure to be an equally informative and enjoyable article.