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How to Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen Year Round

When you invest in an outdoor kitchen oasis for your home, you want to make sure you enjoy it as much as possible. Don't believe the myth that outdoor kitchens are only for warm climates! With technology, design, and engineering constantly improving, you can stay comfortable in your outdoor kitchen year-round. Several components go into a year-round outdoor kitchen. Here's what you need to make those hot August afternoons and crisp December nights enjoyable.

 

Heating & Cooling Sources

No matter where you call home, it's a good idea to include both heating and cooling sources in your outdoor kitchen. Even the warmest areas have cold days, so it's ideal to have the flexibility of options! A ceiling fan, or two, can go a long way for cooling your outdoor kitchen and surrounding areas. Heating sources can include patio heatersoutdoor fireplaces, and outdoor fire pits. For patio heaters, you can opt for a portable heater or a wall-mounted patio heater. All of these patio heaters blend well with your design while staying practical and functional. 

 

The benefit of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits is they can be entertainment for your guests too. Gather your friends and family around your outdoor fire pit for roasting s'mores, good conversation, and relaxation. Your outdoor fireplace and fire pit can fit seamlessly with your overall kitchen design and function too.

 

If you want to go extra with heating and cooling sources, include a swimming pool and jacuzzi. It's not hard to convince you of the benefits of a pool or jacuzzi because these are the ultimate ways to keep everyone comfortable and enjoy the outdoor kitchen space longer. Heating and cooling sources are the most important aspects of a year-round outdoor kitchen.

 

Different Cooking Appliances 

An excellent way to keep your outdoor kitchen functioning year-round is to have various outdoor cooking appliances. This gives you options to cook in different ways as the seasons change! An expert outdoor kitchen design team can include whatever outdoor cooking appliances you want in a cohesive design. As a result, you'll never get bored in your outdoor kitchen!

 

Popular appliances to include are a BBQ grilloutdoor burner and griddlepizza oven, and kamado grill. You can cook a variety of food or even the same food in a variety of ways in a diverse outdoor kitchen. For example, in the summer, the BBQ grill gets a lot of use by grilling hamburgers, steak, and chicken. However, you may find using the kamado grill for a delicious smoked brisket is your go-to in the cooler months. The bottom line, having a variety of cooking options in your outdoor kitchen gives you great use year-round.

 

Refrigeration

No one wants to refill and dig around in an ice chest constantly, so proper refrigeration is vital to an outdoor kitchen! While this tip may be focused on the summer months, it's still important to discuss. To keep the party rolling in your outdoor kitchen, you'll want to keep drinks and cold food items at the perfect chilled temperature. You can have an outdoor refrigerator and icemaker designed into your outdoor kitchen, so it works seamlessly with outdoor living.

 

You can go a step further and include a kegeratorwine cooler, and beverage center too. Then, no matter the drinks you feature, there is a perfect outdoor refrigeration unit available. When outdoor refrigeration is simple to maintain and refill drinks, you and your guests will be much more comfortable enjoying time together.

 

Covered Areas

Whether you want protection from the hot sun or the afternoon rain showers, a covered outdoor kitchen is more comfortable for everyone. Keeping at least a portion of your outdoor kitchen area covered will help your heating and cooling sources work more effectively, plus keep everything under the cover in pristine condition. So, it's entirely possible to use your outdoor kitchen year-round when it's protected from the weather elements!

 

Our free outdoor kitchen design services can guide you on how and where to include covered areas. You may want to consider including seating areas in your covered outdoor kitchen area too. Covered seating areas allow you to experience the best outdoor living, no matter the outside temperature.

 

Start Your Outdoor Kitchen Design Today

Building your outdoor oasis doesn't have to be stressful or overwhelming. Contact our expert team to start the free design process, and we'll help make your year-round outdoor kitchen dreams come true. We can guide you on all the ways to make your specific outdoor area enjoyable throughout the year. Outdoor living is truly the best way to enjoy your family and friends at home, and it all starts with a beautiful, functional outdoor kitchen.

 

 

Read more tips about outdoor kitchens in our learning center, like other must-have items to include. Follow The Outdoor Appliance Store on Facebook and Instagram. 

10 Must-Have Outdoor Kitchen Features

 

Designing your outdoor kitchen is a dream come true for most people. You are bringing to life your desire to have your closest family and friends, or the whole neighborhood, eating good food while having a great time. We offer free outdoor kitchen design services to help you make your vision a reality. Several features are often forgotten from outdoor kitchens that will truly take it to the next level of convenience and entertainment. Don’t leave out these fantastic outdoor kitchen features from your new space!

 

1. Fire Pit

 

No matter where you live, it’s a good idea to include a fire pit or outdoor fireplace in your outdoor kitchen. Whether you only need it a few times a year or rely on its heat more often, it’s a great addition to have for the ambiance, roasting marshmallows, or a quick warm-up after a dip in the pool. 

 

2. Ceiling Fan

 

A ceiling fan is essential during the summer in an outdoor kitchen, but you may not think of it at first. Adding a ceiling fan or portable air cooler will help keep all of your guests comfortable no matter what the hot weather brings. It’s much more convenient than bringing out box fans during every get-together! Our design services can include a ceiling fan in the renderings, so you know exactly what to expect.

 

3. Refrigeration and Ice Maker 

 

We’re including any cold space in this third feature. Sure, you might have a fully functioning refrigerator with an ice maker and freezer in your home. Still, an outdoor refrigerator and freezer will forever change your life in your outdoor kitchen. Don’t forget an ice maker too! If you serve many canned or bottled beverages, it’s a good idea to have a beverage cooler ready to go.

 

4. Storage

 

With space limited in your outdoor kitchen, this might be the first to go in your design plan, but it’s a must-have, in our opinion. When you have dedicated storage in your outdoor kitchen, it keeps your area clutter-free, more convenient, and more enjoyable too. Our kitchen design team members are experts at making every nook and cranny of your dedicated space usable. Check out more outdoor kitchen ideas to get inspired.

 

5. Enclosed Pantry

 

You may not think about adding a pantry to your outdoor kitchen. Indoor kitchens offer beautiful pantry options, so the outdoor kitchens should too! We’re convinced you will spend all your time in your outdoor kitchen, which is why you should include an enclosed pantry to store dry food and snacks.

 

6. Sink

 

Think about after a long summer day barbeque with friends, and you have a pile of dirty dishes. You don’t want to carry all of the containers inside to wash, take several trips, and mess up the indoor kitchen. A sink in your outdoor kitchen allows for quick rinses and handwashes throughout the day, plus makes clean-up easier outside. We can help you incorporate the perfect type of sink for your area and plumbing situation.

 

7. Trash Bin

 

It may sound obvious, but everything stays cleaner and more organized with the trash bin incorporated into your outdoor kitchen design. It stays out of sight, plus away from bugs and animals. Even if you just use a regular trash can, don’t forget to purchase one for your outdoor kitchen solely!

 

8. Outdoor Entertainment 

 

Not everyone forgets about incorporating outdoor entertainment in your outdoor kitchen, because for some people watching the big game is the reason for the outdoor space. Don’t forget about other outdoor entertainment features like speakers. We all want the perfect playlist at an outdoor barbeque, so make it official with premium speakers.

 

9. Kegerator 

 

For all of you beer connoisseurs, you need a kegerator in your outdoor kitchen! Essentially it keeps your favorite beers on tap for everyone to enjoy. We have options that include two types of beer on tap. You can also include a wine cooler to keep your favorite wines at the perfect temperature. Include a beverage center to keep canned and bottled beverages chilled too.

 

10. Additional Cooking Options

 

The last thing that’s often forgotten in outdoor kitchens is additional cooking options. You may think your outdoor kitchen is all set with just a premium grill. Yes, you absolutely need a built-in premium grill for your outdoor kitchen but think of other ways you like to cook for a crowd. We feature options like a smoker, griddle, pizza oven, and more so that you can truly diversify your outdoor cuisine!

 

 

 

Outdoor kitchens are indeed a product of many years of hard work and investment your family will enjoy for generations. Let’s make sure you include everything you need for a convenient, entertaining, and delicious outdoor kitchen. Start your design process today and keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas To Get You Inspired

 

In Florida, we have the great privilege of outdoor living year-round. For many people, that means not just taking their patio furniture outside, but making an entire outdoor kitchen and living space for all their friends and family to enjoy. With many Florida homes having a backyard pool, it makes sense to take the cooking and dining outside too. If you’re looking for outdoor kitchen ideas, keep reading to get your wheels turning for the most beautiful outdoor kitchen.

 

There are several ways to go about designing your outdoor kitchen. It ultimately comes down to what you want in the space and your desired outdoor kitchen location. If you’re looking for extra inspiration and guidance, we offer free design services for your outdoor kitchen. Let’s look at a few scenarios of outdoor kitchen ideas that can give you some inspiration for your own space.

 

Outdoor Kitchen For Small Spaces

 

Don’t throw out the possibility of an outdoor kitchen just because you have a small space! Choosing the right size appliances and maximizing your area can lead to a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen. The top brands in outdoor appliances have evolved to engineering smaller-sized appliances that still provide excellent quality. For example, the Alfresco 30” built-in gas grill gives you all the premium grilling results you expect in a smaller space.

 

Here’s a look at a small outdoor kitchen space we designed and how it looks now. In this space, the homeowner included a built-in grill, vent hood, sink, refrigeration, and cabinet storage. Not to mention it has a stunning design! 

 

 

Outdoor Kitchen With Serving Zones

 

We’ve talked about the importance of countertop space areas for every outdoor kitchen. You can always have more countertops for serving and entertaining if your space allows. If an extended serving zone is important to you, we can achieve this in several ways. You can have a peninsula, island, or bar top to entertain, visit, and serve your guests while cooking outside. 

 

This outdoor kitchen features a peninsula countertop for serving, plus all the outdoor kitchen essentials. We are so pleased with how this outdoor kitchen went from design to the finished product.

 

 

Chef’s Outdoor Kitchen

 

For the true master chef, we have all the perfect ideas and inspiration to make your outdoor kitchen dreams come true. This type of outdoor kitchen will rely heavily on appliances. We don’t just offer grills; we have all the outdoor kitchen components like refrigeration, sinks, beverage centers, pizza ovens, burners, griddles, storage, and more. You’ll find many of those appliances in this beautiful outdoor kitchen, built for a chef.

 

You can cook virtually anything in this outdoor kitchen. It also comes full of outdoor kitchen ideas to make your space exactly what you want. Imagine the variety of cuisine you can cook for your guests on a daily basis!

 

 

Luxury Outdoor Kitchen

 

All of these outdoor kitchen ideas are great, but what if you want it all?! Friends, if you have the dedicated space and the budget, you can build yourself a beautiful, luxury outdoor kitchen. You can ultimately bring the indoor kitchen concept outside with premium features. For a project this big, you’ll need an expert team to help you design, measure, and select appliances. 

 

Here’s a look at one of our most luxurious outdoor kitchen designs. You truly have everything in this outdoor kitchen. It has all the storage to make for a simple transition to outdoor living. This outdoor kitchen also features a built-in grill, side burner, sink, and refrigeration. The large area for the outdoor kitchen allowed for a large island too, perfect for serving and entertaining. Don’t forget the priceless view! Don’t be afraid to go big with your outdoor kitchen in Florida because the opportunities are endless.

 

 

 

We hope this gives you all the inspiration and ideas you need to start the process of your outdoor kitchen. If starting with a blank slate overwhelms you, these outdoor kitchen ideas will help you narrow down what your outdoor space can handle and what’s important to you. Now that you have the ideas in place, it’s time to start the research step. Let our team know exactly what you want in your outdoor kitchen, and we will get back to you with options. From there, your outdoor kitchen dreams will start to come to reality, and before you know it, you will be hosting a crowd of friends and family to celebrate your new outdoor kitchen space.

 

We’ve got even more tips and ideas for outdoor kitchens to help you through every step of design, planning, execution, and care of your outdoor kitchen. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see more outdoor kitchen and appliance inspiration. It’s time to start cooking outside and enjoying the beautiful Florida life.

Propane Vs. Natural Gas Grills

Congratulations, you decided to buy a gas grill instead of a charcoal grill. One major decision out of the way! But now it's time to figure out which type of gas grill is right for you. Propane or natural gas are the two main options. Most gas grills on the market use propane, although natural gas is becoming more and more popular. So, what is the difference between propane and natural gas, and which is better? There are three main things you need to consider:
 

Cost

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy a gas grill, and it is the same thing.
A good gas grill can set you back quite a few dollars. And if you are one of those who thinks your grill-skills will increase the more money you spend, rejoice! There are options out there for more than $10,000. While natural gas grills are more costly to buy than their propane cousins, the fuel is cheaper.
 
Propane gas comes in refillable tanks that run about $30 new, and refills are in the $20 range. You can find these tanks at most hardware stores and gas stations. The tanks are easy to attach and detach. As for the fuel itself, propane gas is roughly two-thirds more expensive than natural gas.
 
If you consider buying a natural gas grill, you will have to do a bit of homework. Natural gas uses a pre-existing gas line to fuel up your grill. Some counties will provide natural gas for free if your home is near a natural gas main. In turn, other areas may not even offer any natural gas services, making a propane gas grill your only option.
 
Are you lucky enough to live in an area that provides it, and if you already have access to a gas line, read no further. Natural gas is the cheaper option for you. Everybody else? We have to factor in the gas connection costs.
 
There are plenty of projects around the house that you can do yourself to save money. But, playing around with natural gas is not one of them. To get your grill going and the burgers sizzling, you will need to call in a favor from a professional gasfitter. A visit like that runs on average between $100- $350. If you live far from the main gas outlet, you might also have to pay for the extra line required.
 
As a general rule of thumb: natural gas will be the cheaper option in the long-run for most amateur grillers. But propane may be the better choice if you are a sporadic griller.

 

Comfort

Taking a propane tank out and getting it filled up is frustrating and takes both time and money. Also, no one wants to find themselves running out of gas mid-cookout. Serving up under-cooked chicken is a sure-fire way to ruin the BBQ party. 
 
But do not despair! It is a problem easy to fix with some planning on your part. Most grills nowadays have a gas gauge that lets you know when you are getting low. Also, go ahead and keep extra refill tanks available for grilling emergencies. Finally, certain stores in your area may even offer propane gas refills as a home-service. A propane guy then comes to your house regularly to fill up your tanks.
 
Then there is the freedom that comes from having your grill power in a portable tank. Are you someone who likes to move the grill around the yard following the sunset? Or are you planning to move soon? If the answer to these questions is a resounding yes, then a propane-fueled grill is the way to go.
 
With a natural gas grill, the setup is the only major inconvenience. Once hooked up to natural gas, you are home-free. The benefit of using natural gas is that you never have to worry about running out of fuel. Never. Your grill is always ready to go, and the fuel is accessible.
 
But alas,  because your fuel comes in a line, it is challenging to move your grill once installed. Therefore, consider your surroundings before choosing the perfect location for future BBQ:s. No one likes to stand beside a flaming hot grill when it's already 90 degrees outside, so pick a shady spot. Also, don't forget to check which way the wind blows. Smoke is a big part of the grilling experience, but it is much less enjoyable when it gets in your hair and clothes.
 

Taste

The convenience and speed of the gas grills outweigh the somewhat better flavor from the use of charcoal. As a result, gas grills are now the number one choice in America. So, will your steak taste better depending on which gas grill you have used? According to the fans, natural gas produces a dry heat, giving the steak a better char and a smoky flavor. In turn, propane-grillers will argue that propane produces a stronger heat, and therefore their steak has a more authentic grill flavor. We at the Outdoor Appliance Store have not noticed any difference in flavor. At all. Our best guess is that it depends more on the marinade than the choice of gas fuel.

 

In Conclusion:

If you still feel unsure about what to choose: Relax! Honestly, there isn't that much of a difference between the two when it comes to grilling. No matter what your neighborly food critic says, it does not affect how your steak tastes. Since both grills come with significant advantages, it is a choice only you have the power to make. Finally, should you change your mind, there is always the option of buying a conversion kit.

So now you have the facts. Do not waste another minute sweating over your decision. Go ahead, buy the grill and start your journey on becoming the next Bobby Flay!

 

 

Keeping Your Outdoor Kitchen Clean

Outdoor kitchens are a great addition to any home or community clubhouse. They create a fun, versatile space to entertain outdoors. In South Florida, we have more beautiful days than we know what to do with. A good barbecue is always a satisfying way to spend an afternoon with friends and family.
 
But it would be silly to ignore the fact that things outside get dirty. It is simply unavoidable. And when we are talking about a kitchen, you want it as clean as possible. Many of the cleaning habits you have for your indoor kitchen are the same for outdoors. But there are special considerations you should keep in mind. The Outdoor Appliance Store is here for your maintenance and cleaning questions. It is important you know the proper technique and products to use. The wrong product can erode the exterior of your appliance. 
 

Maintaining Your Floor 

In your indoor kitchen, you likely sweep and mop often. In an outdoor kitchen, you also need to sweep regularly. Especially if your outdoor kitchen does not have a cover, you can speed this up by using a leaf blower. A leaf blower is also good for removing hard to reach spider webs in covered kitchens. 
 
After you remove loose debris from your kitchen, you need occasional wet washing. Wet washing removes surface dirt that gets ground in. You can wet wash easily with a garden hose and a good nozzle. You do not need a ton of pressure. But the more pressure from your hose, the less likely you are to scrub up the dirt. Once you finish wet washing, you can break out the leaf blower again. Flip it on to blow off excess water. A lot of outdoor kitchen flooring gets slippery when wet. The last thing you need is to slip when cooking. 
 
Always keep your floor material in mind when cleaning. Grease and food stains are bound to happen. But some grease cleaners are acidic. You can not use acidic cleaners on natural stone or concrete floors. For tough stains, use a pressure washer instead. 
 

How to Clean Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel is a common material used for outdoor appliances. It is beautiful and durable. It is perfect for outdoor use. The bad news is that it shows every fingerprint and dust fleck. But do not worry! It is actually pretty easy to clean with the right product and cloth. We recommend using microfiber cloths to wipe down your stainless steel. The real trick is wiping in one direction and using less cleaner than you think you need.
 
There are a lot of options when it comes to cleaning products for stainless steel. We recommend using cleaners made specifically for stainless steel. These products are often polish based. Use them sparingly. Too much polish will lead to dirt and grime sticking to your appliances. You can remove too much polish with water, dish soap, and a soft cloth or sponge. Rinse with clean water and dry to avoid water spots. 
 

Cleaning Your Grill 

Cleaning your grill is a multi-step process. The best way to clean a grill is from top to bottom. Cleaning your grill is more than just scraping off the grates. Different types of grills need different levels of cleaning. 
 
Charcoal grill grates tend to get grimier. They may need more scraping than gas or electric grills. Before scraping, heat up your grill to the max heat and close the lid. Allow the heat to run for about 15 minutes. This loosens the grease and makes cleaning easier. Scrape with a grill brush or even a bit of rolled up tin foil. This process is the same for all types of grills. Make sure to let the grates cool for a few minutes before trying to handle them. 
 
Gas grills have many parts beneath the grates that need attention. The internal parts of your grill need cleaning at least once a month. You can space these cleanings out if you only use your grill occasionally. But it is a good idea to open things up and take a peek at least once a month anyway. This way, you can avoid any massive internal issues. 
 
Under your grates are the flame tamers. These look like long, metal pyramids. Remove them from the grill and scrape with a stainless steel grill brush. You may also use water and dish soap. 
 
Once the grates and the flame tamers are out, the inside walls need an inspection. Look for signs of corrosion and grease build-up. Scrub the inside of your grill with the same grill brush from before. Again, use water and dish soap for stubborn grease. Avoid getting the actual burners wet. 
 
Finally, you need to check your grease trap. At the end of the cleaning, it is probably pretty full. This is why we clean from top to bottom. Empty the grease trap. Make sure all your grill parts are completely dry before replacing them. 
 
Keeping the outside of your grill clean is the easy part. Wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove dust, dirt, or other debris. We also recommend using a grill cover to protect your grill from the elements.
 

Cleaning Products to Avoid 

Avoid chlorine and bleach around stainless steel. Both chlorine and bleach will damage stainless steel. Black staining may occur from bleach or chlorine exposure. This is especially relevant if your outdoor kitchen is near a pool. Keep this in mind when designing your outdoor retreat.
 
Bar Keeper’s Friend is a good product to keep around if your outdoor kitchen is near a pool. In some cases, it fixes damage from chlorine, bleach, or other chemicals. 
 
Bleach is a good product to avoid altogether for your outdoor kitchen. It will also damage your grill. The damage from bleach is often worse than built-up grime, grease, or even rust. Heavy-duty acidic cleaners are also not recommended for tough build-up. Follow the above protocol for tough messes.
 
The Outdoor Appliance Store loves to help you build a beautiful outdoor kitchen. We have a large selection of appliances and grills available. Making sure you have the knowledge to keep your outdoor kitchen looking great is important to us. We hope this blog was a helpful teaching tool. But if you still have more questions, call us toll-free at (844) 305-0125. Our team is available for all your outdoor kitchen needs and questions. Our specialty is outdoor kitchen design and appliances. But our knowledge of maintenance and upkeep is a high priority. 
 
We offer free design help on our website. Our free design services include several amazing perks. You get professional advice, colored 3D renderings, and a custom layout and plan. We are also completely transparent about costs. Our design service also gives you an itemized quote. Your quote details every element of your design. 
 
For all your outdoor kitchen needs, contact us, The Outdoor Appliance Store. We are also available 24/7 via live chat on our website! 

Why Add a Vent Hood to Your Outdoor Kitchen?

 
A vent hood is a common sight in any kitchen. Vent hoods are often seen as a necessary addition to your cooking area. They become less important if you are cooking with an electric range. Unless you end up accidentally burning dinner. When using an electric range, vent hoods are mostly used to disperse heat or break up smoke clouds. But when using gas, they are also essential to getting rid of any extra fumes. If you have ever cooked with gas, you know the smell. A little gas smell is normal. But too much can lead to unwanted health issues. Headaches and dizziness come on fast from too many gas fumes in a small space like an indoor kitchen. 
 
In Florida, many people enjoy outdoor kitchens year-round. By definition, outdoor kitchens are not closed in. This means they sometimes have different venting needs. We were just talking about some of the reasons to have a vent hood in an indoor kitchen. But why add a vent hood to your outdoor kitchen? They have access to natural airflow. Wouldn’t the wind work just as well? In this blog, we will take a look at why adding a vent hood to your outdoor kitchen is a good investment. 
 

Do All Outdoor Kitchens Need a Vent Hood? 

 
Adding a vent hood to your outdoor kitchen may not be at the top of your to-do or even must-have list. When you design your outdoor kitchen, there are many things you may not think of. You are likely thinking a lot about location and ease of use. A patio or a lanai are common places for outdoor kitchens. There are both covered and uncovered lanais and patios. We are here to help you decide if your outdoor kitchen needs a vent hood.  
 
In general, any outdoor space with a roof is better off with a vent hood. This is because of a simple but well-known fact. Any fire creates smoke. Outdoor kitchens use grills to get the job done. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have gas,  electric, pellet, and charcoal grills available for purchase. Charcoal, gas, and pellet grills create smoke. A grill that creates smoke also creates smoke stains in a closed-in patio or lanai. Smoke stains end up being just another chore or expense in the long run. The best way to avoid smoke stains in your outdoor space is with a vent hood. 
 
Uncovered patios and lanais do not need a vent hood. But that does not mean we do not recommend one anyway. How close your outdoor kitchen is to your house is also a factor here. Your outdoor kitchen may be against an outside wall of your home in an unenclosed space. In this scenario, we recommend a vent hood. Even though this area is not enclosed, smoke stains on the walls happen. Long term smoke exposure leaves a visible soot stain. These stains are stubborn and need pressure washing to remove.  
 
An outdoor kitchen far from your home and unenclosed does not need a vent hood. The open air space and the wind is enough to vent this type of outdoor kitchen space. 
 
For a complete list of the vent hoods available for purchase, click here. Do not forget to consider other installation pieces you may need, like a hood liner or a duct cover. But do not worry about those details too much. Our experienced team is here to help you know exactly what you need. 
 

Benefits of Outdoor Vent Hoods

Choosing the Right Vent Hood

Now you have a better idea if your outdoor kitchen needs a vent hood or not. But a lot of consideration goes into choosing the best vent hood for you. Not all vent hoods are equal. The manufacturer booklet that comes with your grill states any specific venting requirements. In general, grills need a powerful fan for proper ventilation. Our team recommends a vent with at least 1200 CFM for most outdoor kitchens. CFM is the measurement of how fast a fan moves. The higher the CFM, the more air movement the fan creates.
 

Other considerations for choosing the right vent hood:

 

Outdoor Kitchens with The Outdoor Appliance Store 

 
In sunny Bonita Springs, Florida, outdoor kitchens are a growing convenience. Understandably so. Grilling is a favorite pastime for many people. And in Florida, we get more days than many to enjoy outside in beautiful weather. Why not turn your grill space into an entire second kitchen? Just remember to think about venting the area. Nothing is worse than a smokey cookout. Avoid smoke issues with an outdoor kitchen vent hood. 
 
When you decide to take the leap and build your outdoor kitchen, keep The Outdoor Appliance Store in mind. We are always available for your outdoor appliance needs. Contact us here. Or pick up the phone and call us toll-free (844) 305-0125 or locally at (239) 221-7759.

7 Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen 

 
Cooking outside has a certain appeal that can not be beaten. Grilling up a good burger or some hot dogs is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. It’s also a great way to bring people together. So why limit your outdoor cooking experience to a grill in the middle of the patio? You can bring the whole kitchen outside with our design team's help at The Outside Appliance Store. We can help you build a full entertainment area with your new kitchen at the center of it all. We can keep it simple or build it up with the top of the line appliances and outdoor seating. Whatever you imagine, we can bring it to life. 
 
The only limit to designing your outdoor kitchen is the space available. Together, we can create an amazing space to enhance your outdoor cooking experience. We have put together a couple of design tips for you here. Read on below for some quick tips to think about as you start to design your outdoor kitchen. If you get stuck, reach out to us for our free design services

1 - Brands Matter

Florida is the Sunshine State, but we get a lot of varied weather here. Powerful thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tons of sun wreak havoc on anything outside. This is why it is important to choose sturdy brands. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we only stock the best quality appliances. But not every model is best suited for your unique situation.
 
For brand comparison, you can google your heart out. Or, you can make it easy on yourself and ask a member of our team. We want to help you pick the best appliance for your needs. We have a deep knowledge of what our products are capable of. 

2 - Keep Size in Mind

You may want a more petite outdoor kitchen to make room for other outdoor activities. In this case, be sure to pick smaller appliances. The larger the appliance, the more room it takes up. This may seem like common sense, but it is really a hot tip. Often, people think more about the quality or appearance of the appliance. Size gets forgotten about or ignored completely until installation day. 
 
That is why we like to remind people to look at the dimensions of their appliances before ordering. We also like to stress the importance of measuring space. Measure it three times if you need to before ordering appliances. Of course, our team will make sure that your design is functional as well as beautiful. And our team believes in the phrase measure twice, cut once. But the more eyes on size, the better. 
 
Also, keep in mind that smaller does not always equal weaker. We have many smaller sized appliances that pack a real punch. Our Alfresco Built-in Counter Top Refrigerator is a great product for saving space in a smaller design. It is perfect for quick access to a few cold drinks while grilling. You can also use it to store pre-cut burger toppings until you are ready to serve!

3 - Don’t Forget About Flooring

Flooring is easy to forget when talking about outdoor kitchens. But it is not something you should overlook! For a full, outdoor kitchen, you will not be leaving the grass as is. You need something below your cook space. Again, durability is important here. You want a flooring that will stand up to the weather as well as grease and gas stains.
 
Cooking is messy. Grilling can be even messier. You need flooring that can stand up to the weight of the kitchen and the stains of cooking. Common outdoor floor materials are brick, concrete, and natural stone. Concrete and natural stone tend to be better for durability in an outdoor kitchen. All three materials are porous. That means that they allow some liquids to pass through. You may want to seal your outdoor flooring to prevent serious stains. Grease that gets into outdoor pavers usually needs pressure washing for removal. 
 
Also, bear in mind the texture of your floor. Is your kitchen near a pool? If so, avoid slick surfaces that will become slippery when wet. 
 

4 - Choose Your Location Wisely 

Outdoor cooking creates smoke. For this reason, it is best to keep your kitchen a little further away from your home. This way, you avoid smoke stains on the outside walls of your home. You also avoid smoke entering your home. If you do not have the room to put some distance between your kitchen and your home, no problem. Just make sure to choose an area that is well ventilated. A strong cross breeze across your outdoor kitchen is ideal. But you can also create the ventilation you need with an outdoor vent hood
 
You should also think about the time of day you will use your outdoor kitchen most. For afternoon sun, place your kitchen on the west. For morning sun, place your kitchen on the east. For constant sun all day, look towards the south. Finally, for the least amount of sun exposure, build your kitchen north facing. 
 

5 - Don’t Forget Storage and Counter Space 

Just like your indoor kitchen, you will want a place outside to set things down. Storage is also important in any kitchen. Think about the kind of meals you plan to prepare outside. Will you be serving a large crowd? Will you need a buffet area? What kind of storage will you need, and where do you want it? What kinds of things are you storing? 
 
All of these questions are valid. Everyone organizes and uses kitchen space differently. That is why it is important to consider every storage need during the design phase. The Outdoor Appliance Store offers many storage options, including a built-in paper towel holder and roll out trash can center
 

6 - Remember Mood and Aesthetic 

What we mean by this is remember to design a kitchen you like looking at. You also have to like being in your kitchen. You should feel comfortable and at home in your outdoor kitchen. Find a way to make the outdoors feel like home. An easy way to do this is add some outdoor furniture, lighting, or a patio heater. You want your outdoor kitchen to be a place where you and your guests can relax.
 
Depending on the size of your outdoor kitchen, you can also add a fire pit. Nothing says relaxation like a fire pit under the stars in your new outdoor kitchen. Not to mention, you can cook up some s’mores without firing up the grill. 
 

7 - Covered or Uncovered? 

There are several months throughout the year where Florida rains come without warning. This is a good reason to decide if you want to build a cover over your kitchen. Umbrellas work just fine in a pinch. They are even great for some quick shade. But for all over sun and rain protection, consider building a structure for your kitchen. 
 
Covered patios sometimes need vent hoods, though. Make sure you keep proper ventilation in mind when covering your outdoor kitchen. 
 
Seven tips not enough? Give our experienced team a call at (844) 305-0125 to get answers to all your questions. The Outdoor Appliance Store is here for all your outdoor kitchen needs! We are available by email, live chat, and phone. 

Prefab Outdoor Kitchens vs Custom Framed Outdoor kitchens

Designing and building or buying your dream outdoor kitchen set-up is easier than ever. With all the options available today it can get overwhelming trying to find the perfect solution that suits your needs. That’s where we come in, as experts in the outdoor kitchen industry we’ve seen just about everything and know how to choose kitchen components you’ll be enjoying for years. Take a look at some of our favorite premium brands that we carry.

Modular Outdoor Kitchens

Prefab outdoor kitchen islands built out of modular components seem to be the most popular outdoor kitchen option over the last couple of years. Most well-known grill brands are now offering their own options for a modular kitchen set-up. These type of outdoor kitchens are a great option for customers looking to save a little money, not wanting to wait for a custom outdoor kitchen build, or maybe short on space. 

Here are a few points to consider if a prefab outdoor kitchen set-up is right for you:

 Less options to choose from. Modular or prefab options offer less freedom for design than custom options but there’s usually enough modular units to build your kitchen in whichever configuration you prefer.

More Economical Choice Than Custom Due to the fact that these are manufactured at volume by our brands, they are usually a more price conscious option than going for a full custom set-up.

Quicker ship time. If you’re looking to get an outdoor kitchen up and running in around a week this will be your best option. Most of our prefab islands are stocked and ready to ship out right away.

Custom Outdoor Kitchens

This option is going to be perfect for someone who knows exactly what they want and doesn’t mind paying for it. A custom-framed outdoor kitchen can be designed for you in-house here at The Outdoor Appliance Store and shipped directly to your home nationwide. To get started on a custom design, check out our free outdoor kitchen design

Benefits of a Framed Outdoor Kitchen:

Getting Exactly What you Want. Most customers going the custom route have a vision of exactly what they want their outdoor kitchen to look like.

Custom Outdoor Kitchen Design. You’ll be able to work directly with our design team to come up with a 3D digital design of what your kitchen will look like. Making sure your satisfied before purchasing equipment.

Quicker ship time. If you’re looking to get an outdoor kitchen up and running in around a week this will be your best option. Most of our prefab islands are stocked and ready to ship out right away.

Building your Ideal Outdoor Kitchen: Key Points in Outdoor Kitchen Design

Outdoor kitchens are more popular than ever before, people are shifting to a more permanent solution for outdoor cooking. Transforming your lanai/patio into an elegant outdoor kitchen area takes precise planning and design experience. Implementing our knowledge and insight, we have put together a useful outdoor kitchen design guide to avoid the most frequent mistakes that can save you money and time down the road. These inside tips are very helpful and will help lead you through the project.

 Area Analysis Of The Outdoor Kitchen Site

  ✔ Does it have convenient access to home utilities; water and gas?

  ✔ Is it close to the indoor kitchen?

  ✔ Is there overhead covering smoke could build-up under?

  ✔ Is it protected from the outdoor elements?

  ✔ Is your area planned a level surface?

Be sure to verify whether or not a permit is required before beginning your outdoor kitchen project. Also, be aware of local codes, including access, penetrable surface requirements, water regulations, and height limitations.

Utility Preparation

The location of where your gas, water, and electric supply – may dictate the best areas for your kitchen and the total cost for your project.

  ✔ Make sure you have accessible electric outlets. We recommend applying independent circuits for the outdoor kitchen with GFI breakers in the electrical panel instead of at each outlet.

Deciding if you want hot and cold water, or just cold. You can cut down on the cost of utilities by running one individual, cold water line to the outdoor kitchen. A cost-effective solution if you still want hot water is by adding filtration and an on-demand water heater under the sink.

  ✔ If you need a gas line run make sure that use a local licensed gas professional.

Areas of the Outdoor Kitchen

 

Hot Areas

   Grills, side burners, pizza ovens, surrounding prep space Dry Areas

  ✔ Counter space to prepare food, with the addition of cabinetry and storage space Wet Areas

  ✔ The sink, worktop surface and any storage space that’s needed for the sink Cold Zones

  ✔ Refrigeration, freezers, and other cold storage

Make sure there is adequate room for all four areas, as well as sufficient worktop space while cooking, prepping, or serving. Be mindful to each operable zone and consider how they will function together for preparation, cooking, serving, and clean up activity. These are the essentials of designing an outdoor kitchen that will be ideal for outdoor cooking and entertaining!

Supporting Countertop Space Areas

Each area in the outdoor kitchen should have counter space planned. It is an essential part of designing and planning your outdoor kitchen! The Outdoor Appliance Store has prepared supporting countertop space area suggestions for different areas of the kitchen.

 

    Grill: 12” on one side and 12” on the other side for a total of 24” of countertop space next to the grill

    Sink: 12” on each side

    Refrigerators: 8” inches next to or above each appliance

    Sideburner: 12” on each side

    Pizza oven: 12” on each side

Appliance Selection

What is your favorite type of cooking and how many people will you be cooking for? The answer to this question will help you decide which type of grill and the size you’ll most likely want to go with.

Here are some examples of the many options available to you:

Grills: Gas Grills offer luxury and convenience. Charcoal grills offer tons of great flavor and more traditional cooking experience. Hybrid Fire Grills are the most versatile, combining gas, wood, and charcoal cooking, on one grill!

 Pizza Ovens: Wood-fire pizza ovens are more traditional, while gas-fired ovens are the modern-day choice and very convenient. These can be built-in or framed with stone, stucco, etc. More convenient, cost-effective options are the counter-top ovens or pizza ovens on a freestanding, mobile cart.

 Refrigeration: Browse our wide variety of options, from standard refrigerators and refrigerated drawers, freezers & freezer drawers, to wine coolers, beverage centers, and ice makers.

Useful tip You can figure out a lot about the quality of an outdoor refrigerator by looking at the manufacturer’s recommendations for heat in the summer, and winter storage.

    • If it recommended that refrigerators should be unplugged when temperatures surpass 90°F, it probably isn’t the best option for your kitchen. Some fridges are made to endure very hot summer weather and still function at optimal performance.

      • Likewise, if the fridge is constructed to be left outdoors during the winter and turned off for the extremely cold months, it is most likely better constructed/designed than a fridge that needs to be stored indoors for the winter. 

 Smokers: For the barbecue lover who takes satisfaction in the slow cooking that has been long established in American barbecue – a charcoal grill smoker is essential!

        • Smokers come in different shapes and sizes, implement different technologies, which include: counterbalance “stick burners”, upright “water smokers”, kamado-style standing smokers, gravity-fed (the moving of a liquid without the use of a pump) charcoal smokers, and electric pellet smokers are just a few of many smoker options available.

✔ Outdoor Stoves: Outdoor stoves are another option compared to a “side burners” which are either attached the grill itself or built-in to a structure next to the grill or other appliances.

        • Single, double, and quadruple cook-tops are now available on the market to compete with the top indoor cooktops. “Wok Burners” are very powerful and another great option for the kitchen.

        • These can accommodate anything from small saucepans for simmering delicate sauces and up to a 100-quart stock pot for boiling large batches of chili or seafood.

 

✔ Outdoor Kitchen Storage: One of the most important pieces of laying out your kitchen, what are you planning for storage in your outdoor kitchen? We offer everything from dry storage pantries to lazy susan spice racks.

✔ Sinks & Faucets: When it comes to outdoor sinks and faucets, your going to want to think about how much entertaining you’re planning on doing.

Do you want a larger bar center sink with storage for ice? Or a smaller sink just for washing dishes outside? We have all sorts of outdoor options; drop-in sinks, under-mount sinks, and pull-down faucets.

Outdoor Vent Hoods: You may not need a vent hood for your outdoor kitchen, but when customers do, the smoke build-up can be pretty bad. It’s best to take a look at this article to determine if you need one. Venting hood guide

Find Your New Outdoor Grill Hood

At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we want to help customers find the very best products for their outdoor kitchens and grilling areas. Apart from the cooking solution, the most important aspect of your backyard area is perhaps the grill vent hood. You don’t want smoke and fumes ruining your dining experience, and with the right outdoor grill hood, you can keep the area clear of annoying odors and haze. We carry only the best products from top brands, including Trade-Wind and HEAT hoods!

    Kitchen Accommodations

    It is a good idea to take into consideration more than just the width of each seat. Additional knee room will change depending on the height of the seat, and the correct amount of clearance at the rear of each seat should also be accounted for.

    Seating Room:

      ✔ Traditional seating width is 12” wide per person.

      ✔ Easily accessible seating width is 24” wide per person.

    Knee Room:

      ✔ Bar height seating with the knee wall set at 42″ high, needs a 12-18″ counter overhang for comfortable knee space.

      ✔ Counter height seating with the counter set at 36″ high, should have a 12-15″ overhang.

      ✔ Table height seating with the counter or table 30″ high, should have at least a 16-18″ overhang for knee space.

      ✔ Accessible seating with the counter or table 30″ high, requires an 18-20″ minimum overhang.

    Clearance need for people coming and going:

      ✔ Allow for at least 24” between the counter edge and the nearest barrier to make plenty of room for seating.

      ✔ Allow for 32-36” for people to walk behind seats

      ✔ For plenty of open space, allow 42-48”

    Outdoor Kitchen Safety Precautions

    Precautions are an important part of designing your outdoor kitchen. We recommend you take the following safety measures:

      Make sure whatever material your patio is made out of has good traction. Avoiding slip and falls is just as important in an outdoor kitchen as it is around a pool.

      Keep at least 9-12” between any hot appliances such as grills, ovens or cooktops. This is recommended to keep the heat away from any nearby combustible materials and especially people.

      Make sure when installing your grill there isn’t anything combustible above it. Every grill manufacturer has guidelines for how far away you should be from anything combustible and it’s very important to follow these!

      The gas shutoff valve should be in a location that’s easily accessible (we recommend being at least a few feet away from any appliance using gas).

      Keep a fire extinguisher handy

      It’s best to have the countertop edges rounded to avoid bumping into a corner (especially if kids are around)

      Make sure the entire kitchen is well lit if you plan on doing any nighttime grilling.

    Grill Vent Hoods: Internal vs External Motor Vent Hoods

     

    When buying different kinds of outdoor kitchen appliances, a lot of people don’t give enough attention to outdoor venting hoods as much as they probably should. If your outdoor kitchen is under a roof, an outdoor vent hood is essential.

    An outdoor vent hood has a mechanical fan that hangs above the gas grill, kamado, or range in your outdoor kitchen. The hood’s main purpose is to capture airborne grease, gas, smoke, heat, etc from the air by ventilating the air. Outdoor vent hood manufacturers have created several types of vent hoods with different functionalities and designs. Most outdoor hoods are only designed to be wall mounted but some can be ceiling mounted, depending on location. These hoods can use either an internal or external blower, referring to the location of the motor for the vent hood. What these hoods both have in common is the motor strength rated in CFM’s (or cubic feet per minute), how much air the hood will move per minute.

    Benefits of having a vent hood in your outdoor kitchen:

      • Beneficial to your health because it prevents any exposure to harmful fumes, smoke etc that your grill puts out.
      • Provides comfort in your outdoor kitchen without any worry of smoking out your guests.
      • Prevents any stucco/siding repairs (the grease and smoke from the grill will turn the wall and ceiling black)
      • Improves outdoor kitchen lighting thanks to the halogen lights that are featured at the bottom of the hoods.
      • Eliminates any overabundance of heat from your outdoor kitchen.

    An Outdoor Hood with an Internal Blower

    The internal blower hoods are typically less expensive than the external blower hoods. They provide excellent performance and bearable sound levels for how powerful these blowers are. It is usually vented through the roof or wall, with the objective of using the least amount of ductwork possible. They are located in the hood itself, so only one electrical connection is needed. The hood, blower motor, filters, fan controls, and lighting will all come in one box. The internal blower is the most cost-effective option for a hood and usually makes the most sense. They are conveniently accessible if you ever need to service them and are very simple to install. If you ever need to install a replacement hood, you most likely will still be able to use the ductwork from the previous hood. The internal blows can be relatively loud but are still very effective and provide excellent performance for years.
    Our most popular and affordable internal blower outdoor hoods are the Zephyr Power Cypress Series, Trade Wind Hoods, and Heat Versa Series. The Zephyr Power Cypress Series and Trade Wind Hoods have an elegant, sleek design with bright halogen lighting accents. The stainless steel bottoms and dishwasher-safe baffle filters make cleaning easy. The Heat Versa Series offers the same high performance but has a more, modern, contemporary look. These outdoor hoods are aesthetically pleasing and offer the convenience to accommodate any outdoor kitchen. Feel free to take a look at these three brands we recommend that use 1200 CFM motors (Heat Versa – 1250 CFM’s). These hoods capture smoke quickly and efficiently. In addition, they are constructed of 304 stainless steel which is essential to durability and longevity in the outdoor elements.

    Our Recommendation

    Venting properly is about knowing the correct hood, duct, and blower to use. The hood should be 4-8” larger than your grill to work correctly. As for the ductwork, the vent outlets on most hoods usually call for an 8 or 10” pipe. When venting, try and use completely straight runs of pipe. If necessary, use as few elbows in the venting as possible, with no more than 3 90-degree elbows. Every elbow in the ducting reduces airflow and the vent hoods efficiency (there should be at least 24” of straight vent between any elbows). The majority of hood brands also offer
    extensions with their hoods for 10-12’ ceilings to cover the pipe. The blower should be no less than 1200 CFM’s (anything less is not outdoor rated and will not capture the smoke adequately). We recommend going with an internal blower because they come standard in most outdoor hoods and are more cost effective. They are also a lot easier to maintain, service, or replace down the road if need be.

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    Building an outdoor kitchen can be an exciting and exhausting process. Making sure that you avoid these mistakes when building your outdoor kitchen can help keep your project running smoothly.

    1. Measuring

    Know exact cut-out dimensions for appliances and cabinetry before making any cutouts.

    This can help avoid costly mistakes such as having to hire a granite fabricator to come out and cut your counter-tops again, or having too large of a cutout for the appliances being purchases.

    In most cases, you should be supplied cut-out dimensions prior to purchase or at the time of purchase. Don’t hesitate to ask for cutout dimensions of any of our products if you can’t find them, these are extremely important for your outdoor kitchen to turn out as planned.

    2. Island Venting

    Make sure your outdoor kitchen island is correctly ventilated with vent panels.

    As a safety precaution, we recommend using multiple island vents for your outdoor kitchen island or at the very least doors and drawers that have vents already incorporated in them. You definitely want to check your gas lines for any leaks prior to using your grill or any other gas appliances, however, through regular use you have the potential for gas to build up in the confined space underneath the island. Ensuring that your island is properly ventilated will help you avoid a potentially hazardous situation in the future.

    3. Counter-space

    Did you plan enough counter space?

    You might have had limited space when deciding how big you can go with your outdoor kitchen island, but aside from those restraints, you need to need to plan for counter-space as well. This might sound like common sense but people tend to try and load up the limited space they have with a grill, side burner, sink, trash chute, etc… and forget that they need some workspace while cooking.

    4. Grill Insulation

    Will you need an insulated jacket

    Is your outdoor kitchen island framed out of anything flammable? If you the answer is yes then you will need an insulated grill jacket. If you’re still unsure if you need one or not, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an online chat.

    5. Outdoor Rated Appliances

    When choosing your outdoor kitchen components make sure that you look for 304-grade stainless steel and UL-rated outdoor refrigeration appliances. This will ensure that your products were built to last in an outdoor environment. Some of the cheaper outdoor refrigerators made by outdoor brands are not, in fact, UL approved which is something to consider when buying.

    6. Appliance Placement

    Appliance placement is a very important aspect of designing an outdoor kitchen. Mainly, you want to separate your gas appliances (anything that will put off heat) from your refrigeration appliances. Having your grill too close to an outdoor refrigerator is just asking for problem.

    7. Premium Brands

    Do Your Due Diligence, Pick Reputable Outdoor Brands

    It can be overwhelming when trying to choose from outdoor kitchen brands for your project. When choosing a brand here are a few points to consider:

    • What country are the products manufactured in?
    • How solid of a warranty do the products have?
    • Is the stainless steel 304 grade?
    • How long has the brand been in business and what reputation does it have? (If a brand new company offers lifetime warranties on all it’s products that won’t mean anything if they go out of business after a year or two).

    Take a look at our Premium Brands page for a better idea of some high-quality outdoor kitchen brands.

    7 Mistakes to Avoid During Outdoor Kitchen Construction

    Building an outdoor kitchen can be an exciting and exhausting process. Making sure that you avoid these mistakes when building your outdoor kitchen can help keep your project running smoothly.

     

    1. Measuring

    Know exact cut-out dimensions for appliances and cabinetry before making any cutouts. This can help avoid costly mistakes such as having to hire a granite fabricator to come out and cut your countertops again, or having too large of a cutout for the appliances being purchases. In most cases, you should be supplied cut-out dimensions prior to purchase or at the time of purchase. Don’t hesitate to ask for cutout dimensions of any of our products if you can’t find them, these are extremely important for your outdoor kitchen to turn out as planned.

    2. Island Venting

    Make sure your outdoor kitchen island is correctly ventilated with vent panels.

    As a safety precaution, we recommend using multiple island vents for your outdoor kitchen island or at the very least doors and drawers that have vents already incorporated in them. You definitely want to check your gas lines for any leaks prior to using your grill or any other gas appliances, however, through regular use you have the potential for gas to build up in the confined space underneath the island. Ensuring that your island is properly ventilated will help you avoid a potentially hazardous situation in the future.

    3. Counter-space

    Did you plan enough counter space?

    You might have had limited space when deciding how big you can go with your outdoor kitchen island, but aside from those restraints, you need to need to plan for counter-space as well. This might sound like common sense but people tend to try and load up the limited space they have with a grill, side burner, sink, trash chute, etc… and forget that they need some workspace while cooking.

    4. Grill Insulation

    Will you need an insulated jacket

    Is your outdoor kitchen island framed out of anything flammable? If you the answer is yes then you will need an insulated grill jacket. If you’re still unsure if you need one or not, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an online chat.

    5. Outdoor Rated Appliances

    When choosing your outdoor kitchen components make sure that you look for 304-grade stainless steel and UL-rated outdoor refrigeration appliances. This will ensure that your products were built to last in an outdoor environment. Some of the cheaper outdoor refrigerators made by outdoor brands are not, in fact, UL approved which is something to consider when buying.

    6. Appliance Placement

    Appliance placement is a very important aspect of designing an outdoor kitchen. Mainly, you want to separate your gas appliances (anything that will put off heat) from your refrigeration appliances. Having your grill too close to an outdoor refrigerator is just asking for problem.

    7. Premium Brands

    Do Your Due Diligence, Pick Reputable Outdoor Brands

    It can be overwhelming when trying to choose from outdoor kitchen brands for your project. When choosing a brand here are a few points to consider:

        • What country are the products manufactured in?
        • How solid of a warranty do the products have?
        • Is the stainless steel 304 grade?
        • How long has the brand been in business and what reputation does it have? (If a brand new company offers lifetime warranties on all it’s products that won’t mean anything if they go out of business after a year or two).

    Take a look at our Premium Brands page for a better idea of some high-quality outdoor kitchen brands.

    How to Clean and Maintain Teak Furniture

    Caring for Teak Furniture

    Teak patio furniture is durable, robust, and able to hold up to the elements outdoors. First and foremost, teak holds its natural oils and rubber extremely well after harvesting which prevents dry-rot and waterproofs the wood from moisture and other elements. Also, because of these natural oils, fungus and insects are repelled from teak which can be a problem in other types of woods.  In some reported cases geologists have found furniture made from teak that thousands of years old and still standing.
    When you purchase new teak patio furniture you have two choices; oil your new patio furniture, or let it develop a silver patina look. If you choose not to oil your new teak patio furniture over time, (in about 8-10 months) your furniture will take on a natural silver/patina look. If this is the look you are going for, then please see simple cleaning instructions below. Many people, however, like the natural honey look of the furniture when initially purchased. If this is the case, please see the second set of instructions below.

    maintaining teak patio furniture

    Cleaning and Maintaining Teak for Silver/Patina look:

    If you decide to go this route, your cleaning and maintenance will be minimal.

    1. Mix a solution of dish soap and water. (you can add a teaspoon of bleach, or grab a cup of water from the pool if there is mildew)
    2. Scrub gently with a soft bristle brush or use a microfiber cloth to clean. Always scrub with the grain.
    3. Rinse with water. Make sure you rinse well and leave no soap residue. You can use a hose, but never a power washer.
    4. For tough stains, sand the wood lightly before cleaning with fine sandpaper.
    5. Let dry for 24 hours.

    That’s it, The wood may lose some of its “grainy” looks, but that is all part of the natural aging process.   Your furniture will take on a silver/patina look during the process. If you have a build up of dirt and grime on your furniture, the cleaning solution can be left on the furniture for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.  

    Cleaning and Maintaining Teak to its Golden Honey State:

    The first five steps are the same as above:  

    1. Mix a solution of dish soap and water (you can add a teaspoon of bleach or a cup of water from the pool if there is Mildew)
    2. Scrub gently with a soft bristle brush or use a microfiber cloth to clean. Always scrub with the grain.
    3. Rinse with water. Make sure you rinse well and leave no soap residue. You can use a hose, but never a power washer.
    4. For tough stains, sand the wood lightly before cleaning with fine sandpaper.
    5. Let dry. (This is especially important before you proceed to the next step.)
    6. Oil the furniture. Linseed oil or tung oil is the most common type used to protect the wood.  Apply with a paintbrush with slow even strokes always painting with the grain. Remove excess oil with a clean damp rag. Continue to apply until the oil can no longer be absorbed and this will vary depending on the age of the wood.  This “oiled” state will remain for 3-6 months and will need to be reapplied because oxidation will occur again and the furniture will take on a silver/patina look again.  
    7. Let dry.
    8. Optional: Apply a resin sealer made specifically for teak that is water-based. This will be applied according to manufacturer’s suggestion. These sealers contain UV protection and will prevent the natural oils found in teak from escaping. This process will only have to be repeated every couple of years. If you really don’t want the furniture to turn gray, this is a very good option.

    Exposing teak to sunlight constantly will speed up the natural patina process, so if this is something you do not like, keep your furniture in a shaded area (or under an umbrella). Even though purchasing teak furniture is initially more expensive than other types of furniture, simple cleaning and maintenance of your teak furniture will give you years of pleasure.

    How To Clean and Maintain Teak Furniture

    Teak patio furniture is durable, robust, and able to hold up to the elements outdoors. First and foremost, teak holds its natural oils and rubber extremely well after harvesting which prevents dry-rot and waterproofs the wood from moisture and other elements. Also, because of these natural oils, fungus and insects are repelled from teak which can be a problem in other types of woods.  In some reported cases geologists have found furniture made from teak that thousands of years old and still standing.
    When you purchase new teak patio furniture you have two choices; oil your new patio furniture, or let it develop a silver patina look. If you choose not to oil your new teak patio furniture over time, (in about 8-10 months) your furniture will take on a natural silver/patina look. If this is the look you are going for, then please see simple cleaning instructions below. Many people, however, like the natural honey look of the furniture when initially purchased. If this is the case, please see the second set of instructions below.

    Cleaning and Maintaining Teak for Silver/Patina look:

    If you decide to go this route, your cleaning and maintenance will be minimal

    • Mix a solution of dish soap and water. (you can add a teaspoon of bleach, or grab a cup of water from the pool if there is mildew)
    • Scrub gently with a soft bristle brush or use a microfiber cloth to clean. Always scrub with the grain.
    • Rinse with water. Make sure you rinse well and leave no soap residue. You can use a hose, but never a power washer.
    • For tough stains, sand the wood lightly before cleaning with fine sandpaper.
    • Let dry for 24 hours.

    Cleaning and Maintaining Teak to its Golden Honey State:

    The first five steps are the same as above:  

    1. Mix a solution of dish soap and water (you can add a teaspoon of bleach or a cup of water from the pool if there is Mildew)
    2. Scrub gently with a soft bristle brush or use a microfiber cloth to clean. Always scrub with the grain.
    3. Rinse with water. Make sure you rinse well and leave no soap residue. You can use a hose, but never a power washer.
    4. For tough stains, sand the wood lightly before cleaning with fine sandpaper.
    5. Let dry. (This is especially important before you proceed to the next step.)
    6. Oil the furniture. Linseed oil or tung oil is the most common type used to protect the wood.  Apply with a paintbrush with slow even strokes always painting with the grain. Remove excess oil with a clean damp rag. Continue to apply until the oil can no longer be absorbed and this will vary depending on the age of the wood.  This “oiled” state will remain for 3-6 months and will need to be reapplied because oxidation will occur again and the furniture will take on a silver/patina look again.  
    7. Let dry.
    8. Optional: Apply a resin sealer made specifically for teak that is water-based. This will be applied according to manufacturer’s suggestion. These sealers contain UV protection and will prevent the natural oils found in teak from escaping. This process will only have to be repeated every couple of years. If you really don’t want the furniture to turn gray, this is a very good option.

    Delta Heat Grill Review

    Delta heat is a company that manufactures grills and appliances in the U.S.A. They specialize in design and engineering. Most of their employees are from Twin Eagles, and if you don’t know the brand, they are a big name at the top of the outdoor appliance game. You can expect that same high-quality engineering when it comes to all of the Delta Heat products; They offer an array from outdoor drawers, trash bins to sinks and side burners. 

    What do Delta Heat Grills have to offer?

    Delta Heat grills have 3 sizes in their premium grill line; 26’’, 36’’, and 38’

    When purchasing your grill, there are a few things you need to make sure of before purchasing:

      • How much space is available in your home?
      • How often and how many people are you usually cooking for? 
      • What type of food are you normally grilling?

    Grill Features

      • It comes with heavy-duty stainless steel cooking grates for restaurant-quality sear marks.
      • Double-lined grill hood (insulation helps with heat retention while cooking).
      • Halogen lights included for no-hassle grilling at night.
      • Adjustable warming rack that can also be used as extra cooking space.
      • Hybrid direct heat and indirect ceramic grilling system.
      • Durable 304 stainless steel construction.
      • Every grill comes with 18 gauge stainless steel U-burners (now covered by a lifetime warranty!).

    Optional Rotisserie and sear zone upgrades available. When investing in a grill, you would want to make sure you are covered by a strong warranty. Delta heat has just recently improved its grill warranty, the stainless steel housing and u-burners are now covered by a limited lifetime warranty (upgraded from 15 years).

    Here’s the full break-down of the updated delta heat warrantySo why choose a Delta Heat grill? If you are in the market for an American-made grill with premium 304 stainless steel components and a robust warranty without the price tag of a top of the line grill, this might be the right choice for you. Bottom line, the Delta Heat brand is one of the best options available on the market for mid-tier options; great warranty, made in the USA, made by one of the leading premium grill manufacturers in the industry.

    Shop All Delta Heat Products.

    How to Build an Outdoor Bar

    Designing your Outdoor Bar

    While not everyone may want an outdoor kitchen if they don’t enjoy grilling. If your looking to entertain family and friend but don’t want to invest money in something you might not use as much as you’d like, an outdoor bar set-up may be a great option for you.
    Whether you’re looking to add on to an outdoor kitchen plan or building a standalone outdoor bar, we’re here to help you understand what you’ll need and how to choose the best brands that will last outdoors for years.

    Outdoor Bar Design

    When putting together your outdoor bar we have everything you could think of to build an outdoor bar that your neighbors will be jealous of. It’s always a good idea to lay out the bar design in a drawing or even use painters tape to get a visual in the actual area where it will be going. 

    Design Constraints:

    Be mindful of how much space you have available (if unsure give us a call: 844-305-0125 and we’ll be glad to walk you through measuring for appliances)
    Electrical and plumbing availability; is your plumbing piped into the area you’d like your outdoor bar? Do you have electrical outlets for appliances?
    Having to get either an electrical line ran to the desired space or plumbing ran to that location is going to significantly increase your project cost.
    If you have a tight budget and want to stick to it give us a call or contact us via live chat, we’ll work with you to make sure that you maximize your budget
    Building Your Outdoor Bar
    Now that you have your planned out your bar, here are some pro tips for building:

    When framing the structure of the bar common materials used are wood, galvanized steel or concrete block. In areas where humidity and moisture are an issue, wood is not recommended. 
    Keep in mind that bar height counters usually range from 40″-42″ in height. 
    Picking out your stools beforehand also helps, this will ensure you build the counter top to the correct height and won’t restrict your options on seating choices. 
    Make sure to have qualified pro’s install plumbing and electrical into the island. The exposed bar could pose an issue with moisture and having a professional install these will keep the bar safe for use. 
    The overhang on the countertop is at least 10-12″ long. This will accommodate someone who is 6′ tall and ensure their knees do not hit the structure. It is not uncommon to have an overhang go as far as 16″ from the structure. 
    Value-minded solutions for outdoor bars
    If your trying to keep costs down for your outdoor bar consider your needs vs. wants. These options also only would require plumbing (sink) and no electrical.

    Sink / Bar Center Combos

    A bar center and ice is truly your only need in an outdoor bar. Storage space for bottles, ice, and running water. Most are 304 Stainless Steel and double wall insulated to keep ice in.

    Built-in Stainless Steel Insulated Ice Bin
    These built-in ice bins can also be used in combination with a standard sink for a solution that might be even more cost-effective than a combination bar center.

    The Full Outdoor Bar Experience

    For those looking for the full outdoor bar experience, we have everything to take your outdoor oasis over the top.

    Outdoor Refrigerators

    Outdoor refrigerators are extremely convenient for both an outdoor kitchen or outdoor bar. Keep grilling ingredients, condiments, and beverages chilled and close by while entertaining outdoors.
    Check out some of our favorite refrigeration brands

    Outdoor Kegerators

    Kegerators are great options to add to an outdoor bar or kitchen, not only because everyone loves having cold beer on tap. When not in use with a keg, you can still use a kegerator as an outdoor refrigerator.

    Outdoor Wine Coolers

    Wine drinkers enjoying a cool night on the patio will love the convenience of an outdoor wine cooler. Similar to the kegerator these can also be used as a standard outdoor refrigerator when not stocked with wine.

    Outdoor Ice Makers

    Have you ever ran out of ice while entertaining guests? Never worry about that with your own outdoor ice machine. We offer ice makers either built-in or freestanding; available in multiple sizes, and different ice types.

    Bar Stools

    Round out your outdoor bar with comfortable outdoor seating.

    Gas Fire Pits

    Create the ultimate cozy atmosphere in your outdoor bar with a gas fire pit.
    Infrared Patio Heater
    Enjoy your outdoor bar year round with some wall-mounted infrared patio heaters to keep everyone warm while enjoying the outdoors.


    If you’ve always wanted an outdoor kitchen, then you’ve probably thought of everything that will be included in the design. You want the perfect grill, the perfect seating, and the perfect ambiance, but when it comes time to shop, you might be at a loss for where to start. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we can help you make your backyard kitchen a reality, and we know you’ll love the selection you find in our catalog!

    The Grill

    The centerpiece of any outdoor kitchen is the grill. Whether you have a built-in or a freestanding grill, you need it to perform flawlessly every time. If you’re cooking for the entire family, or you’re having friends and neighbors over for a barbecue, it’s imperative to have the right grill.

    The Countertops and Cabinets

    It’s important to have plenty of counter space in your backyard kitchen, since you’ll need somewhere to prep and serve food. You’ll also need somewhere to store plates, napkins, and other accessories, and that’s where the proper cabinets come in. Storage space is key, and our catalog has plenty of standard and refrigerated options.

    The Seating

    Once you’ve served up the food and everyone is ready to eat, you’ll need somewhere for everyone to sit. Lawn chairs and folding tables just won’t cut it, and finding the right table and chairs can make a drastic difference. You want everyone to be comfortable, and investing in quality seating is definitely worth it!

    The Kegerator or Wine Cooler

    No backyard barbecue is complete without a refreshing beverage, and while Kool-Aid® is fine for the kids, you want to be able to offer your adult guests a cold beer or chilled glass of white wine. Adding a kegerator or wine cooler to your outdoor kitchen can greatly improve its appeal, and your friends and relatives will love hanging out in your backyard.
    If you’re designing an outdoor kitchen in your mind, or you’ve started putting the design down on paper, why not start looking for the best products? At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we can help you find the perfect options for every aspect of your backyard space.

    We look forward to meeting you!

    Find Your New Outdoor Grill Hood

    At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we want to help customers find the very best products for their outdoor kitchens and grilling areas. Apart from the cooking solution, the most important aspect of your backyard area is perhaps the grill vent hood. You don’t want smoke and fumes ruining your dining experience, and with the right outdoor grill hood, you can keep the area clear of annoying odors and haze. We carry only the best products from top brands, including Trade-Wind and HEAT hoods!

      Trade-Wind BBQ Hoods

      Finding the right outdoor vent hood doesn’t have to be difficult, and with our selection from Trade-Wind, the process will be easier than ever. We have a variety of options, and you can find the size that fits in your backyard kitchen. If you’re not sure which size you need, a member of our team will gladly help you choose the right option. Above all, we want you to end up with the right product that fits perfectly above your grill!

      Heat Vent Hoods

      Finding the right outdoor vent hood doesn’t have to be difficult, and with our selection from Trade-Wind, the process will be easier than ever. We have a variety of options, and you can find the size that fits in your backyard kitchen. If you’re not sure which size you need, a member of our team will gladly help you choose the right option. Above all, we want you to end up with the right product that fits perfectly above your grill!

      Sizing and Placing Your New Vent Hood

      If you already have an outdoor kitchen, and you want to add a vent hood, then it’s important to find the right size. You’ll want to measure the space where the hood will go, taking into account the height, width, and depth with which you have to work. Keep in mind that the depth of the hood will be wider at the bottom than it is at the top, and you’ll need to leave room for the exhaust stack.
      The hood should be at least 4 inches wider than your grill to allow for a 2 inch overhang on either side of the grill, to ensure maximum smoke clearance you may want to go wider. You’ll want to be sure that it’s placed high enough to avoid posing a risk to people as they stand at or walk by the grill. However, you’ll want to make sure that’s positioned low enough so that it pulls all the smoke from the grill up and away from the cooking area. The maximum height that you should hang a hood is 36 inches above your grill, any higher and the smoke will spread out before being vented. If the blowers aren’t able to pull exhaust adequately, you could be left with a smoky and clouded grilling space that’s no fun to use. You could also impact your seating and dining area, and nobody wants to end up smelling like grill smoke when they’re trying to enjoy a relaxing weekend afternoon.

        Backsplash

        As a best practice, we also recommend installing an easy to clean backsplash, such as granite, going from behind your grill up to the vent hood. Smoke from the grill can leave your wall with dark stains if not maintained properly.
        For a more complete guide on venting hoods, take a look at Venting Hood Guide for Outdoor Kitchens

        Cooking at night

        One of the other benefits of a Trade-Wind or HEAT outdoor grill hood is that you can find options that include dimmable halogen lights. This makes grilling at night much easier, as you’ll be able to see more easily as you flip burgers or sear steaks. Your backyard dining and the cooking area likely have its own lights, and your grill may be illuminated as well, but having that additional light can make a huge difference.

        The dimmable lights also help you set the ambiance for those cookouts that take place after the sun has set.
        If you’re shopping for new outdoor grill vent hoods, or you’re building a brand new outdoor kitchen and you want to be sure that a vent hood is included in the design, then look through our online store today.

        We have an amazing selection to choose from, and if you have questions about our products from Trade-Wind or HEAT, or you simply want to know more about the benefits of BBQ hoods, then we’ll be more than happy to help.

        You can contact us by using the form below, or you can give us a call at (844) 305-0125. We’re available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ET, and we’re always ready to help however we can. We’re proud to offer the best in outdoor vent hoods and accessories, and we know that you’ll be able to find everything you need!

        Installing a Kegerator

        Football season is in full swing, and whether you’re a college or professional football fan (or both), there’s nothing you love more on the weekends than sitting down and watching the games. If you live in a climate where the weather cooperates throughout November, then you may even sit down outside and watch the game on your new outdoor TV. However, instead of grabbing a cold beer from your outdoor refrigerator or from the cooler next to you, why not keep your favorite brew on tap with a new outdoor kegerator? At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we want to help you take your gameday to the next level!

        Be The Perfect Host

        If your house has an outdoor TV on the patio, along with a big seating area, chances are your home is the preferred spot for football weekends. Your friends and neighbors come over to watch the game, and you want to have the freshest, coldest beer ready for everyone. With a new kegerator in the outdoor island, you can attach one or two kegs of a local craft beer, or pick up a domestic keg from your local liquor store.

        We have product options that come with casters, so you can move the kegerator wherever you need it (as long as its plug can reach a power source), as well as permanent options that can be installed in your outdoor bar area

        Choosing and Installing Your Kegerator

        If you’re unsure which option is best for your backyard, our expert team is more than happy to help. We can answer questions about specific products, and based on your needs, we can recommend the best kegerator for your home. Once you’ve picked one, we’ll ship it to you, along with installation instructions so that you can easily add it to your outdoor kitchen.

        If you’re building or renovating your backyard entertainment space, now could be the perfect time to add a kegerator! The Outdoor Appliance Store is here to make your football seasons fun for everyone. If you’re always the host, keep cold beer on tap that guests can enjoy while you cook some delicious food on the grill. Everyone will have a burger or brat in one hand, their favorite brew in the other, all while they cheer on their team.

        Look through our online catalog today to find your new kegerator. If you have questions or you’d like more info on a product, feel free to contact us at any time.

        We look forward to helping you!

        Summer Entertaining and Dining

        When the weather warms up and you’re finally able to fire up the grill, you may want to invite everyone in the neighborhood over for a delicious meal. If you’re the host or hostess who loves entertaining during the summer, an outdoor kitchen is a must for your backyard. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have an amazing selection of grills, fire pits, tables, and more, and you can create the perfect space for those outside gatherings.

        Start with the Drinks

        When guests arrive on a hot July day, the first thing they’re going to want is a drink. They may want water, lemonade, or something a little stronger, but whatever the case may be, it’s important to have a beverage center chilled and ready to go. 

        You can have a “build-your-own drink” station where people create their favorite margarita or other mixed drink, and it’s important to check that you have plenty of glassware and ice for each person. 

        It can be best to have the beverages further away from the grill so the heat doesn’t affect the ice or the drink ingredients, plus, it can make for a good progression if guests start at one end of the outdoor kitchen and work their way towards the dinner table.

        Decorate the Table

        Your backyard dining area is an extension of your home, and you want to decorate it like you would the interior of your house.

        Adding a centerpiece to the table can provide that pop of color you want, and you can pick some flowers from your garden or put an interesting piece of art on the table.

        This can be a conversation starter when people sit down for dinner, and can be a good ice-breaker for someone who is sitting across from a person that don’t know too well.

        When decorating the table, make sure to leave enough room for pitchers, serving plates, and toppings. You don’t want to serve Southwest-inspired cuisine and not have room for the salsa and guacamole!

        Creating a Unique Menu

        There’s nothing wrong with the standard grill fare of hamburgers and hot dogs, but if you want to throw a truly unique backyard summer party, you may have to create a unique menu. 

        • Tri-tip beef can be cooked on your pellet grill and then shredded for tacos, and you can complement the main course with some seared vegetables.

        • If you have guests who prefer seafood, check your local deli for fresh fish that can be paired with asparagus and other cooked greens.

        • You’ll of course want to have something for dessert, and the night can end back at the beverage station with some sweet-inspired drinks.

        If you’ve been thinking about your summer party plans for a few months and are ready to organize your first get-together, look through our online catalog today. You can find everything you need to supply your outdoor kitchen, or the equipment required to build the backyard kitchen you’ve always wanted. We know you’ll love our selection of high-quality products!

        Outdoor Kitchens and Child Safety

        One reason you have a backyard is so that your kids can run around, have fun, and burn off some of that pent-up energy when they get home from school. You might have a swingset, a tree house, and other fun things in the yard, but if you have an outdoor kitchen or grill area, you want to be sure that your kids are safe when they’re playing outside. There are several hazards that an outdoor cooking area can present, and it’s important to speak with your children about avoiding these dangers. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we want the entire family to enjoy the backyard!

        Stay Away From The Heat

        Cooking outdoors obviously involves fire, and even if there isn’t an open flame, there is still heat that can cause injury to a small child. Letting your child know that you’re grilling and that they need to keep their hands away from the fire will ensure that they don’t get burned. When you’re not at home and your kids are running around the yard, make sure the propane cabinet is locked and that they can’t access the knobs or temperature controls to turn on your electric or wood pellet grill. 

        Restricting their access to the fuel sources can keep them safe, and it can be beneficial to always have someone supervising them when they’re outside. Kids are smart and can perhaps figure out how to turn on the grill or get to the matches, and having a babysitter or a neighbor keep an eye on them can save them from danger.

        Lock the Cabinets

        If you keep cleaning supplies and other hazardous items outside so that you can clean your outdoor kitchen, make sure the cabinets are locked when you’re not using the supplies. A child may accidentally ingest the chemicals or pour them on themselves, and that can create a very serious situation.

        By locking the cabinets and keeping the key where only you know where it is, you can protect your children from accidental poisoning and injury to themselves and others

        Discourage Play Around the Outdoor Grill

        When you designed your outdoor grill and seating area, you most likely included stone, metal, and other durable materials. These are great for backyard cooking and dining, but they’re not always great for outdoor play.

        • You have grass and sand where your kids can play, but unsupervised children may decide that it’s fun to climb up on the stone half-wall and jump off into the grass.

        • While you want your kids to be adventurous, you don’t want them to sprain their ankles or potentially break a bone, so talking with them about how the grill area is off-limits for play can keep them from seriously hurting themselves.

        Again, this is where supervision is key, as you, your spouse, or a sitter can ensure the kids aren’t playing where they’re not supposed to.

        Take the Tap with You

        A kegerator can be a great addition to your backyard kitchen, but if you have a keg that still has beer in it, make sure you take the tap with you when you’re not using it. If you don’t want your kids, especially those who are teenagers, to taste your favorite brew, simply remove the tap handle when you’re done. You’ll also want to be sure the kegerator door is locked so no one tries to move it and potentially drop the heavy keg on their foot. 

        It’s up to you how and when you teach your kids about responsible drinking, and you may not want your teenagers to have a tasting party when you’re not watching.

        Backyard safety is key for every family, and if you’re thinking of building an outdoor area where you can grill, sit, and enjoy each other’s company, look through our online catalog today. We have everything you need, and we know you’ll love making delicious food for years to come while you watch your kids run around the yard.

        If you have questions about any of our products, or want to know how you can get started on your exterior kitchen, please contact us right away. We’re always ready to help however we can, and look forward to speaking with you!

        A New Outdoor Kitchen For Your Country Home

        Living in the country has many advantages, including more space to spread out and enjoy the outdoors without the sound of traffic and neighbors.

        Your time outside might be spent taking care of livestock, planting and harvesting crops, and doing other chores, but the one thing you love most of all is cooking on your grill.

        You may have a deck or patio where you currently have your propane or pellet grill, but how wonderful would it be to have a complete outdoor kitchen?

        If you have the space, you could design a backyard area where you will spend countless hours during the summer.

        What Kind of Weather Do You Have?

        When designing your outdoor prep and cooking space, it’s important to consider what type of weather you experience at your country home. Does it rain a lot and is there a chance for strong winds and/or hail? You want your counters and coverings to be durable, and you may want to design your space so that it is protected from the elements. You may have a windbreak that shelters the back of your house from strong gusts, and positioning your kitchen properly can keep it safe from damage.

        If you hire a professional to install your counters, grill, and other components, be sure to talk with them about what type of materials will be best. You may want a combination of stone, metal, and plastic, and knowing that your structure will withstand the next thunderstorm will give you the peace of mind you desire.

        The materials you choose will of course play a major part in the look and feel of your cooking area, and you’ll want to make sure you’re not sacrificing durability for function and comfort.

        Function and comfort are obviously important, but if you compromise a part of the structure so that it’s easier to use, it may not make it through inclement weather.

        Picking The Appliances

        The appliances you choose are the most integral part of your outdoor kitchen, and you’ll want everything from the grill to the refrigerator to last for many years. You’ll find a number of outstanding options in our store, and depending on how much space you have, we can recommend the best choice for each appliance.

        You may have a wraparound countertop that spans two sides of your new outdoor area, and you may want the fridge or ice maker in one counter, and the pellet or gas grill in the other.

        We also have dry storage doors and drawers that make it easier to keep those food staples safe and dry when they’re outside. However, if you live in the country, it’s important to always keep in mind that food left outdoors can attract unwanted guests such as raccoons or bears.

        Making The Space Your Own

        You may design your exterior cooking area to match your country house, and it may have stone, stucco, and stainless steel, but what’s most important is that you make the space your own.

        Think about how you will use the space and how it will function when you have the entire extended family out for a barbecue/family reunion. Will there be enough seating for everyone? Does the decor match your unique personality?

        We can help you find the grills, islands, and other components that make up the kitchen, but what the space becomes is entirely up to you.

        We know that when it’s finished, you’ll use your outdoor kitchen as often as you can.

        Watch The Game On The Patio

        If you’re a sports fan, you’re always looking for new and better ways to watch your favorite team in action. You may have added a new couch or easy chair to your living room, and along with your wet bar, you have everything you need for every game.

        However, have you thought about how you could take the comfort of your living room or entertainment area outside and watch the game on your deck or patio? At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have outdoor TVs and other accessories that can extend your game-watching activities beyond your back door.

        The Big Screen You’ve Always Wanted

        You may have always wanted a big screen for your home theater area, but your living room may not allow for anything larger than 32 to 40 inches. Your home may also be designed where a big screen TV would look out of place.

         

        By putting a TV outdoors, you can get the 55- to 65-inch screen you’ve always wanted and not have to worry about taking up too much wall space! Our selection of SunBrite TVs include water-resistant, durable appliances that can withstand wind and weather.

        You’ll obviously only be out there when the weather is cooperative, but you’ll love having the peace of mind that your TV is protected. Each television comes with a detachable speaker module, a dust cover, and a weatherproof remote control.

        Food and Beverage

        You’ll most likely pair your game-watching time with grilling, and there’s nothing better while you’re cooking delicious food or watching your team secure the win than a cold beverage. An outdoor refrigerator can transform your deck or patio into the perfect space, and soda, beer, and other drinks will never be far away. If you’re designing a complete outdoor kitchen, be sure to look through our inventory of fridges, kegerators, wine coolers, and more.

        Outdoor Seating

        Your outdoor seating probably isn’t as comfortable as your living room sofa, but if you’re going to be watching the playoffs outside, you’ll want to be sure your seating is as comfy as can be.

        We have a number of chair and bench options, as well as tables where you can set your food and drink so it doesn’t spill while you celebrate the winning touchdown. If you’re integrating a bar into your outdoor space, we have barstools and chairs that are perfect for seating.

        Inviting People Over

        Once you’ve installed your outdoor TV, stocked your new refrigerator, and set up the seating arrangement, you can invite friends and family over for the next game.

        You may have had to limit the number of people who came to watch the game when you were confined to the inside of the house, but now that you’ve brought the entertainment area outside, you can invite more people! 

        Everyone will be able to see the screen, and people can get up and move around without disturbing everyone else.

        If you’re thinking off putting a TV on your patio, or you want to update your grilling area with a new refrigerator, browse our online store today!

        Why Add an Outdoor Kitchen?

        If you love to entertain, you want to make sure your home has everything it needs so that guests can be comfortable. Your living room has cozy furniture, your dining room is well lit, but what about your backyard? If you have friends and neighbors over during the summer months, you want to be able to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather. At The Outdoor Appliance Store, we have a number of outdoor kitchen options that will make your backyard a more comfortable and functional space.

        Gourmet Grilling

        You may love to grill, but your current setup only includes a small propane grill and perhaps a makeshift cart or counter. An outdoor kitchen island can revolutionize how you cook in your backyard, and you can have your grill, counter, sink, and beverage station all in one convenient area.

        If you’re a beer connoisseur, adding a kegerator can help you keep your favorite brew on tap all summer long.

        We have several backyard kitchen options, including islands with a Memphis Elite pellet grill, Fire Magic Beverage Center, Twin Eagles Ice Maker, and more!

        An Extended Living Space

        If you’ve transformed your patio or deck into an extended living space, why not extend your cooking space as well? Instead of preparing and cooking everything in your indoor kitchen, you can bring everything outside and make delicious meals on those summer weekends.

        The family wants to be outside anyway, and you can store your perishable ingredients in your outdoor fridge, instead of carrying things to and from the house.

        Increase Your Home’s Value

        Many home-buyers today are looking for that extra value in their prospective houses. An outdoor cooking, entertaining, and dining area could be the factor that makes them choose your home over the one down the street.

        Stainless steel appliances are always enticing, and the investment you make now could increase your home’s value when you’re ready to sell. Built-in backyard BBQs can be a main selling point!

        Customized Design

        When building your new outdoor space, you’ll be able to design and customize it however you’d like.

        Perhaps you’ve just put down a new brick patio and built a new overhang or pergola in your backyard, and you’re ready to start on the kitchen area.

        A clean slate can be the best place to start, and with our options, you can choose appliances that fit your designated space and create the optimal prep and cooking area. No matter what your design is, you’ll find the best outdoor products in our store!

         

        If you’ve considered adding an outdoor kitchen to your backyard, or you’d simply like to know more about our inventory of islands, appliances, and more, please contact us today.

        We’ve worked with customers all across the country, and can recommend the ideal products for your specific needs. Look through our online catalog to get an idea of what we have to offer, or contact us online today with your questions.

        We look forward to hearing from you!

        Venting Hood Guide for Outdoor Kitchens

        Choosing a vent hood for your outdoor kitchen is different from choosing an indoor hood. Experts specifically design these hoods to withstand the heat and moisture of the outdoors. Use our guide to help you choose an outdoor vent hood that’s perfect for your lifestyle, adds style to your home, and takes care of all that smoke that may build up over your grill.

        What should I look for?

        Outdoor vent hoods come with various specifications, from internal blower speed to CFM’s. It isn’t always easy to make sense of all the jargon, so we’ve created some guidelines to help you choose the perfect item.


          Size Matters

          To catch the smoke on a breezy day, choose a vent hood that is larger than your grilling surface. This will prevent smoke from building up and escaping around the vent hood. Most grill manufacturers suggest a minimum size. You can stick to their specification, but avoid choosing a smaller hood than the manufacturer recommends. If you can’t find a manufacturer recommendation, our experts suggest choosing a vent hood that is four to eight inches larger than the grill surface.


          What are CFM’s?

          CFM’s measure how much air a fan moves. It’s important to choose a powerful fan for your outdoor kitchen because it has to overcome wind speed and the smoke produced by your grill. Hoods with a higher number of CFM’s have a more powerful fan. We recommend a hood with a minimum of 1200 CFM’s, but you won’t regret selecting something more powerful for an outdoor kitchen.


          Internal blower speedy

          Many ventilators offer adjustable speeds for the internal blowers, so your vent hood accommodates various conditions, wind speeds, and smoke levels. Look for this feature if you have variable winds or want more flexibility with your ventilation system. This feature isn’t required, but it might be helpful depending on your individual preferences.

          Roof cap and airflow

          Before you buy a vent hood, decide whether you’ll use a roof top vent or an outside wall to let the smoke escape. If you’re not sure which is best for your set up, talk to an expert about your options. Roof top vents are usually a more direct way to allow air to escape, but an outside wall might be a better option for your outdoor kitchen.


          Positioning of the hood

          We recommend about 36” from the base of the counter to the base of the hood. You don’t want it too high or it won’t capture the smoke.  If it is too low, you will be bumping your head.


          Vent Sizes

          If you’re cooking outside, the vent size is very important. If it’s too small, it won’t catch enough smoke. Choose a vent that is at least 10″. For larger grills, you might want to look for dual vents or other features that increase the total vent size.

          Rooftop vent or outside wall?

          We recommend about 36” from the base of the counter to the base of the hood. You don’t want it too high or it won’t capture the smoke.  If it is too low, you will be bumping your head.


          Warranty issues

          It’s important to consult a professional when installing your outdoor kitchen. Excessive heat from an outdoor kitchen could cause premature wear and fade on your shingles. Improper venting may void the warranty on your roof, so be sure your vent follows the guidelines above.

        If you need help choosing the vent hood that’s best for your outdoor kitchen, our experts are here to help. Contact us and talk to a professional about your outdoor kitchen today! We’re always ready to help you make decisions that will create the perfect outdoor kitchen for your home.

        Choosing the Right Appliances for your Outdoor Kitchen

        Finding the right appliances for your outdoor kitchen can sometimes be a challenge. Quality and pricing, of course, are important factors to consider, but also, you have to take a look at your space and figure out what you have room for and what is important to you.

        If your dream kitchen includes a pizza oven, then try to come up with a plan that includes it. If power burners and ice makers are your thing, then definitely make sure to include them in your planning.

        When you include the right appliances,  you’ll be well on your way to designing an incredible outdoor living area of your own. Soon you’ll have everything you need to create incredible al fresco meals without ever going back inside to prep a side dish. We’ve put together a list of some of the options out there available to you. 

        Create Your Outdoor Kitchen

        Finding the right appliances for your outdoor kitchen can sometimes be a challenge. Quality and pricing, of course, are important factors to consider, but also, you have to take a look at your space and figure out what you have room for and what is important to you.

        If your dream kitchen includes a pizza oven, then try to come up with a plan that includes it. If power burners and ice makers are your thing, then definitely make sure to include them in your planning. 

        When you include the right appliances,  you’ll be well on your way to designing an incredible outdoor living area of your own. Soon you’ll have everything you need to create incredible al fresco meals without ever going back inside to prep a side dish. We’ve put together a list of some of the options out there available to you.  

        Choosing The Perfect Grill

        Finding the perfect grill for your space is the best way to get started.

        You’ll design the rest of your outdoor kitchen around this essential cooking space, and you’ll start enjoying your outdoor space as soon as it is installed and ready to go. 

        For anyone building an outdoor kitchen, a built-in grill creates a seamless look. The best built-in grills of 2018 have sleek, stylish designs and come in a variety of price ranges to suit your individual needs.  

        Built in grills today can come with several different options. Gas, charcoal, and pellet built in grills are a few of the options available out there.    

        Size, obviously is extremely important. The most popular built-in size for a grill is the 30 – 32 inch range. Built in grills range from 24-26 inches all the way up to 58-62 inch sizes.  The size of the grill should be dependent on how many people you are cooking for.  

        Built-In Grills For your Outdoor Island

        Creating your outdoor kitchen space

        Whether you want a few extra accessories to complete your grilling space, or plan to outfit your entire outdoor kitchen, consider these options for more cooking space, easy access to everything you need, and specialized equipment for amazing meals.

        Expand your grilling options with outdoor side burners

        If you hate the smell of pan-seared fish that lingers in your home, take it outside with an outdoor side burner. These gas burners are perfect for anything you’d normally cook on an indoor stove top.

        They’re also great for making side dishes and appetizers without using up your grilling space. Start with a single side burner, add double burners for more space, or add a griddle for more versatile options.

        Find the best side burners for your outdoor kitchen here.

        Step it up with a power burner

        For efficient stir-frying and sauce reduction, the power burner is an excellent choice. Choose one with porcelain cast iron or stainless steel grates, and make sure it has a cover to protect it from the elements. Complete the perfect outdoor meal with a power burner.

        Outfit your space with an outdoor refrigerator or wine fridge

        Keep everything at your fingertips with an outdoor refrigerator. Don’t waste time running in and out of the house for ingredients. Choose a refrigerator designed for outdoor use. Their powerful compressors adjust to temperature fluctuations and keep your food at the perfect temperature.  If you like to drink wine (who doesn’t) an outdoor wine fridge can be a nice addition.

        Stay cool with an outdoor ice maker

        Keep the cold drinks flowing with an outdoor ice maker. Try one of these outdoor coolers, ice chests, or ice makers for the perfect summer evening.

        Don’t forget the vent hood!

        Keep smoke and heat away with a vent hood over your grill. Choose a hood that’s 4-8″ larger than your grill for top performance.

        Complete your kitchen with an outdoor sink

        Your kitchen is complete with an outdoor sink. Look for a stainless steel sink with a faucet designed for outdoor use.

        Warming drawers feed a crowd

        Don’t sweat it if you’re waiting on a side dish or need to make several batches of something for a crowd. Warming drawers are the perfect solution! Choose one with full temperature control for amazing results.

        Impress your friends with a pizza oven

        There’s nothing more fun than an outdoor pizza oven. Get the perfect thin crust and let everyone choose their own toppings with your fun outdoor pizza oven.

        Other possible “Must-Haves”

        Outdoor Kegerators, Cookers, Fryers, Steam Baskets, Infrared Burners, Sear Zones, Cooler Drawers, Dishwashers, etc, etc can all add to the pleasure of creating your own outdoor area.  A huge selection of accessories are available to the consumer in today’s outdoor world of cooking.

        With these great appliances, you’ll always be ready to cook the perfect meal outdoors. Make delicious meals and entertain guests with your new outdoor kitchen.

        The Recipe for a Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

        A well designed commercial kitchen will be broken down into stations or zones. This is common in kitchen design because it promotes a synchronized flow in the kitchen.

        With the correct layout for your outdoor kitchen you should be able to have everything within arms reach, depending on which station you are at in your outdoor kitchen.  

        Components that should be considered when planning your outdoor kitchen:

          • Where do you want your outdoor kitchen?
          • How many people will you usually be entertaining?
          • Will your outdoor kitchen be undercover or exposed? If undercover, it may be necessary to install a vent hood.
          • Available utilities in the area you choose e.g. water, gas, elec, etc.
          • Position of the outdoor kitchen vs. house, backyard view, pool, etc.
          • Orientation to sunset
          • Prevailing wind direction, especially important if your home is on the water (avoid positioning grill with backside to wind)
          • Seating should be positioned in an accessible area
          • Material for island construction (insulating jacket required for combustible cabinets)
          • Outdoor refrigeration or food safe cooler to minimize trips in and out


        Having all these considerations and questions answered will leave you ready to begin creating the outdoor kitchen of your dreams!

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