Your new house is put together and your backyard is almost complete. Grass has been laid down and the deck has been stained. But there’s one thing that might take your backyard from being run of the mill to talk of the town, and that’s an outdoor kitchen.
Why you should have an outdoor kitchen
When we say outdoor kitchen, we aren’t just talking about a BBQ (although grills are a big part of it). We’re talking about a full-on space that will allow you to cook meals for your guest and family at maximum efficiency.
How many times have you been in the middle of grilling up some burgers, ran inside to cut up tomatoes, and came back outside to realize your burgers were suddenly overdone? With an outdoor kitchen, you’re able to conveniently stay in one space while you cook the meal and not leave things unsupervised.
There’s a lot of different factors that go into making the perfect outdoor kitchen. Just like the kitchen inside your house, you want the best for your outdoor kitchen. Here are some of the things we suggest for the perfect outdoor kitchen.
The grill options are endless, so picking the perfect grill can be a bit of a daunting process. The grill is the heart of your outdoor kitchen, so you’ll want to pick one that’s made of high-quality materials and is long-lasting, and you certainly won’t complain if it came with a few extra bells and whistles on top.
Our top pick for grills is the Blaze Island . The Blaze Island is the best of options when it comes to outdoor cooking. Instead of being one standalone product, it features multiple Blaze appliances packed together to create the ultimate grilling machine.
It features a 4 burner traditional gas grill that has enough cooking space to cook burgers, hot dogs, and even some kebabs. A side accessory burner for your side dishes (we’ll take baked beans), an outdoor refrigerator for your favorite beverages – featuring a double drawer for storage!
The dynamic duo of your outdoor kitchen will be your grill and your range hood. “But Rustic Kitchen and Bath, I’m already outdoors, what good would a range hood do for me?” Well while you’re outdoors, it doesn’t mean that the fumes from your grill will just disperse in the open air. A range hood helps remove the fumes directly from your grill and away from your outdoor kitchen.
Our current favorite is the ZLINE DuraSnow® Stainless Steel Range Hood with DuraSnow® Shell (8654SN). This range hood is made to be outdoors so you don’t have to worry about it getting rusted from the weather. It features a powerful 1200 CFM motor that has 4 different speed levels, built-in LED lighting, and dishwasher-safe stainless steel baffle filters for easy cleanup.
ZLINE DuraSnow Stainless Steel Range Hood with DuraSnow Shell (8654SN)
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Cabinetry is a must in any outdoor kitchen! We suggest at least a couple of cabinets and shelves for kitchen storage, at the minimum, you’ll need a place to store a trash can, your utensils, plates, and glasses for your food and drink!
Things like a grill and range hood are the most important parts of your outdoor kitchen design, but be sure to think about the atmosphere of the kitchen as well. Be sure to purchase a table with plenty of room, chairs that go along with it, and plenty of outdoor approved lighting (cooking in the dark is not only a challenge, but it’s also pretty dangerous!)
If you’re looking to really make your outdoor space dazzle, consider implementing a fireplace. Fireplaces can really make an area pop, and who doesn’t love spending time around a fireplace with family and friends, a cold drink in hand, and a belly full of delicious food.
One of our most popular fireplaces is the Remii Extra Slim Indoor or Outdoor Electric Built-in Fireplace . The Remmi fireplace is built with high-quality materials, and it’s electric so there’s never a need to worry about smoke or purchasing firewood. It features FIRE & ICE® Flame presentation that lets you pick the color of the fireplace flames, a 2 stage heater, and an optional black steel surround.
Outdoor kitchen mistakes to avoid
There are a few things you should avoid when building an outdoor kitchen. The first is implementing any appliances or hardware that aren’t outdoor approved. The last thing you would want to do is have your outdoor kitchen have unnecessary extra costs after a few rainstorms. Also, be sure to avoid cramming your outdoor kitchen into a small space, you would hate to have your furniture too close to your grill, that’s a disaster just waiting to happen!
We hope this has inspired you into investing in an outdoor kitchen! Remember that Rustic Kitchen & Bath is the best place to buy all your outdoor, as well as indoor kitchen needs. If you need any assistance or have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
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