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3 Steps to Finding the Best Outdoor Pizza Oven For Your Home

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THERE IS NOTHING LIKE cooking outdoors, no matter what you are making. For some reason, food always tasted better when you cook it outside, including pizza. Wait, did I just say pizza? Yes, you can now make all of your pizzas outside thanks the latest outdoor pizza ovens. And today, we are going to take a look at exactly what makes a great pizza oven.

You Don't Have to Spend Thousands of Dollars

One thing you need to know upfront when shopping for the best outdoor pizza oven for home use is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one that works well. Of course, if you are going to invest your hard-earned money in an outdoor pizza oven, you need to make sure you are going to be getting the most bang for your buck.

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Today's outdoor pizza ovens come in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. They are electric powered, gas fired, and wood fired. They can be portable or a permanent structure added to your backyard patio or deck. There is a lot more to think about than most people realize when they start shopping for the best outdoor pizza over for their home. Let's start by taking a quick look at things you need to be thinking about.

Things to Consider when Shopping for the Best Outdoor Pizza Oven for Home Use

There are essentially three different fuels being used in outdoor pizza ovens, wood, gas, and electricity. Each has their advantages and disadvantages you should consider carefully before you spend your money.

Type of Fuel

  • Wood – Considered to be the ultimate fuel for cooking pizzas, bread, baked pasta dishes and much more. However, you do have to wait for the bricks to reach proper cooking temperature, it takes a long time to cool down, and there is always ashes to clean up. Yet despite this, wood fired ovens make the best pizza.
  • Gas – Much easier to use than wood, simply light the burners and wait for the oven to reach the right temperature. These ovens take less time to heat up but maintain a relatively steady temperature. The only real disadvantage is that with these outdoor pizza ovens you need to make sure you have enough gas before you get started.
  • Electric – Turn these pizza ovens on at the flick of a switch and be ready to go in minutes. However, there is very little difference in using an electric outdoor pizza oven and baking your pizzas in the kitchen oven. Temperatures are more easily adjusted and you never have to worry about running out of gas or waiting for hours as the wood brings the oven up to temp.

Location

In the world of Hollywood real estate, it's all about location, location, location. As you start your search for the best outdoor pizza oven for home use, consider carefully where you plan to put the oven you buy. Do you plan to have a permanent installation or do you need an oven that can be easily moved when the weather gets bad or you want to go tailgating?

One thing you can count on is that if you choose to go with a wood-fired outdoor pizza oven, once you have it built in place, you are not likely to be moving it around. So be sure you know exactly where you want your oven before you build it or have one built for you.

Kit-Built, Ready to Go, Brick/Clay, Steel, Which Is Best?

There are several options when it comes to choosing the best outdoor pizza oven for home use. You can pay a company to come to your home and built a brick over for you, order a modular kit, or by any one of several types of steel ovens. Each of these is perfectly capable of cooking delicious pizzas for your family and friends.

The Modular Kit

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Typically, these wood-fired ovens are shipped in kit form requiring you to provide the final materials to put them together. They can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks to assemble from the day the kit arrives until you are ready to bake your first pizza. They are very expensive but are considered to the best outdoor pizza ovens for the money. Prices can reach as high as $15,000 or more. They are also the largest outdoor pizza ovens available. Average completed weight is in the neighborhood of 1200 pounds.

The Ready to Go Brick/clay Oven

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Slightly smaller than a modular kit pizza oven, most will only accommodate pizzas up to 32″ in diameter in comparison to 40″ in diameter. But at the same time, they tend to be significantly less expensive starting at around $1,500. They still weigh in the neighborhood of 1200 pounds and are not easily moved around. They are wood fired and need nothing more than a solid level base to sit on and plenty of your favorite wood to bake your favorite pizza pies and other goodies.

Steel Outdoor Pizza Ovens

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Over the last few years, the market for steel pizza ovens has exploded. Not only are they easier to use, they reach operating temperature in no more than 30 minutes. They are much lighter and can be moved around with ease. However, the steel outer casing sheds heat very quickly, making it much harder to keep the temperature hot enough to bake your pizza in 90 seconds or less as you would in a brick oven. However, you can take one of these to your next tailgate party with a generator and serve your friends pizza instead of the usual burgers and dogs.

Let's Take a Look at 7 of the Best Outdoor Pizza Ovens for Home Use

With outdoor pizza ovens rapidly gaining in popularity, it's no wonder there are so many on the market today. Here we look at 7 of the best outdoor pizza ovens for home use, hopefully, this information will help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Wood Fired Ovens

Wood is not only the traditional way to bake a pizza, it adds so much flavor that you simply cannot get from any other type of pizza oven. Here we take a look at two of the most popular outdoor wood-fired pizza ovens.

PRC Outdoor Pizza Oven, Wood Fired, Insulated, w/Brick Arch & Chimney

The next generation of Portuguese brick pizza ovens

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This outdoor pizza oven is hand-built in Portugal and is big enough to fit a 30″ pizza with a 31.5″ cooking surface. The entire oven is made completely from oven bricks, including the floor to ensure more even cooking. This design ensures that while the outside is hot to the touch at 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the inside sits at a perfect 900 degrees Fahrenheit. At 1200 pounds, you need to know exactly where you want to install it as you won't be moving around very much.

Pros Cons
Brick liner and floor Learning curve for getting temp right
Large 31.5″ cooking surface You have to keep rotating the pizza
Fits a standard 6″ U.S. chimney Quite expensive

 

ilFornino Basic Wood Fired Pizza Oven- High-Grade Stainless Steel

Wood and steel come together to bake amazing pizzas

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The interior of this 100% stainless steel domed outdoor pizza oven is insulated with a light-weight insulation blanket that offers superior heat retention. The cooking surface is made from 6 pieces of heat resistant tile sitting on top of 1-inch thick medium density firebricks. There is a built-in thermometer to help you keep the temperature where it needs to be for the best possible results. Inside you will find 980 square inches of cooking surface with room for at least two pizzas to be cooked at the same time.

Pros Cons
Thermometer built-in for monitoring temps Oven floor tiles do not lay even making it hard to slide a pizza peel in if you don't lay them right
Brick lining helps keep temps even Overall build quality looks rough even for an oven that is hand-made
Easy to assemble Welds seem to be poor quality

Gas Fired Ovens

It all started with gas grills and now has moved on to gas fired outdoor pizza ovens. These ovens are faster to heat, make no mess and are portable. They have become increasingly popular, not only for use in the back yard but also at tailgate parties.

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven

Comes up to temp in only 10 minutes and bakes pizza in 5 minutes

Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven

PIZZACRAFT Pizzeria Pronto Outdoor Pizza Oven

Reaching a maximum temperature of 700 degrees Fahrenheit, this outdoor pizza oven can bake your favorite pizza pie in 5 minutes. It is easily portable and perfect for use in the backyard, when camping, or going to the big game. The interlocking cordierite pizza stone features a hollow heat diffusing core to help ensure your pizzas turn out perfectly baked every time. It is instantly ready for a second pizza as soon as the first one is done.

Pros Cons
Ten-minute preheat time Only fits pizzas up to 12-inches in diameter
Five-minute cook time Pizza dough sticks to cooking stones
Easily portable Igniter doesn't always work

 

Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

Ready to go in 15 minutes

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Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven

Countertop cooking is one way to make the most of an outdoor kitchen. This gas fired outdoor pizza oven features a double-layered ceiling from improved heating dynamics. It actually bakes like a brick oven without the fuss and bother.  Goes from cold to ready to bake your pizzas in only 15 minutes. It features a built-in thermometer to help ensure your pizzas are always cooked to perfection. Burners provide 17,000 BTU and can raise the oven temperature to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use 1 lb. propane canisters or larger tanks such as you use for your gas grill.

Pros Cons
Lightweight and easy to move Max capacity two 10″ pizzas
Performs like a brick oven Rusts easily
Can run on any size propane tank Poorly organized assembly manual – hard to follow

 

Blackstone Outdoor Pizza Oven for Outdoor Cooking

Power rotating pizza stone for more even baking

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This outdoor pizza oven is perfect for those who hate having to turn their pizzas to get an even bake. The battery powered motor is powered by a pair of “D” cells. The stone is big enough to handle pizzas up to 16-inches in diameter.  The convection heat helps to heat your pizza evenly and ensure it is perfectly cooked in 2 to 3 minutes every time. Features push button ignition and adjustable temperatures for optimal cooking.

Pros Cons
Easily portable Thrust bearing collar comes loose
Push button ignition Electric motor weak
60,000 BTU Assembly instructions poor

 

Mr. Pizza GOT1509M Pizza Oven and Grill

Hot color, hot pizza, cool looks

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If you are looking for a multi purpose outdoor pizza oven, this one might be just what you are looking for. Not only can you bake a 14-inch pizza in it, but you can also cook burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and more on the porcelain cooking grid. Features a 14,000 BTU stainless steel burner and integrated ignition for fast easy lighting. Comes with a cordierite pizza stone and a 150-sq. in. warming rack. Fully portable for use at home, on the beach, at the game, or virtually anywhere.

Pros Cons
Easily Portable Difficult to assemble
Integrated ignition stainless steel burner May burn crust before toppings are cooked
Cooks a 12″ pizza in about 6 to 8 minutes Does not come with stand

 

Lynx 30 in. Napoli Built-In Pizza Oven Counter Top

Outdoor pizza oven can be built in or used as a countertop model

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This gas fired outdoor This gas fired outdoor pizza oven can be built into your outdoor kitchen or placed on a convenient countertop. It's made from 16-gauge #304 stainless steel to ensure it gives you years of rust-free service and uses a pair of 20,000 BTU infrared burners to bake your pizzas. You can set the temperature all the way up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit and the reversible chimney lets you vent the exhaust out the front or back. Features internal halogen lights and LED backlit controls.

Pros Cons
Two 20,000 BTU Infrared Burners Very Expensive
Heavy-Duty Stainless-Steel Construction Must have a counter or structure to place it in
Heats up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit At $3,999.00 did I mention it was expensive?

 

Other Options

If you really don't want to spend the money to buy an outdoor pizza oven, why not convert your current gas grill using a conversion kit like this one:

 

Kettle Pizza Gas Pro Basic Pizza Oven Kit – KPB-GP

Turn your gas grill into a pizza oven with ease

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Not everyone wants to add a single unit outdoor pizza oven to their patio or deck, others simply don't have the room. The is the perfect option and can be used on virtually any gas grill with enough space on the cooking surface. The kit includes a one-piece stainless-steel cover and a 15″ cordierite pizza stone. The cover has a built-in thermometer to help you keep the temperature stable.

Pros Cons
Can be used on any gas grill Only accepts 15″ pizza stones
Enclosure made of stainless steel Expensive for what you get
Very portable Cooks quickly – pay attention or burn pizza

 

Down to the Last Slice

Trying to figure out which is the best outdoor pizza oven for home use is not an easy job. You need to carefully consider how dedicated you are to baking your pizzas outside before investing in an oven. For those of you who like the idea of a “real wood fired” pizza, then either of the two listed here is ideal. I have the PRC Outdoor Pizza Oven and love making all kinds of pizzas, bread, lasagnas, and more in it. We use it year-round with no problem.

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Ideas

12 Outdoor Kitchen Ideas that Will Help Turn Your Yard into an Entertainers Dream

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DO YOU LOVE TO COOK outdoors but are getting tired of having nothing more than a gas grill to cook on?

Do you get tired of having to keep running in and out of the house to get everything you need to prepare the meal?

What about those meals where you need to make several dishes all at the same time?

If these scenarios sound like you, then a few of the simple outdoor kitchen ideas can give you a great place to entertain. Not only will your family and guests be pleased, but an outdoor kitchen can add significant value to your home.

Choosing the Right Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Your Home

An outdoor kitchen means more than having a fancy brushed stainless steel gas grille out on your deck or patio. It means having the ability to cook a wide range of meals. It also means turning your backyard into a serious outdoor entertainment. An area where you, your family, and countless guests will enjoy the many gastronomic delights you will be preparing.

Getting started is not as easy as you might think, it means creating a workable kitchen that is in the thick of the action. It can help you come up with your perfect design by looking at outdoor kitchen ideas, taking something from each of them and creating the perfect outdoor space to fit your needs.

What you choose to include or exclude from your design should be based on your needs and wants. Rather than what someone else thinks is a good idea. It took me several months of looking at hundreds of designs and items to come up with my design. But in the time since my outdoor kitchen has been finished, I have spent countless hours cooking amazing food. On top of this, I have continued to add to my kitchen since then. My latest addition is a wood-fired pizza oven.

Here are some ideas for your outdoor kitchen that are worth considering:

Overhead Cover or Not?

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Let's start with the basics, like do you want a roof over your work area or not. Most outdoor kitchen ideas offer you the option. The choice is yours and you may want to match your final decision with the weather where you live. For example, a pergola offers shade, but won't keep the rains or snows at bay.

If you want complete shade and protection from the elements, you may want to build a full roof over your kitchen. You may also need to factor in the cost of building the roof in your original estimate.

 

Lighting

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If you think you are likely to be outside cooking after dark, your outdoor kitchen is going to need some type of lighting. The first thing you need to think about is will your outdoor kitchen have electricity running to it. This can affect the type of lighting you can use. LED lights make the best choice no matter whether you have electricity or battery power.

Try to avoid propane lanterns or candles as they add to the risk of fire. Instead, consider a range of both directional and non-directional lighting fixtures to ensure you have plenty of light both where you are cooking and where people may be sitting to eat.

 

An Outdoor Pizza Oven
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While an outdoor pizza oven may not be one of the first pieces of equipment you buy, it can make an amazing addition. These ovens can be purchased as wood fired, electric, or gas fired based on your tastes and the availability of fuel.

They can be used to make an incredible array of dishes, including pizza. But since they can be quite expensive, you might want to leave space to add one later in your final plans.

ZacsGarden – 3 Steps in Finding the Best Outdoor Pizza Oven

 

The Barbecue Grill

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Of all the equipment you are likely to include in your outdoor kitchen ideas, the BBQ grille is probably the most important. Outdoor grilles come in many forms and designs. They can run on propane, natural gas, electric, charcoal, wood, wood pellets, and those that can be used with multiple fuels.

They come in a variety of sizes, numbers of burners, with infrared cooking areas, the list is endless. You have to decide what type of cooking you plan to do before you spend the money on a grille.

Have You Considered Adding a Smoker?

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For those of you who truly love the taste of slow-cooked smoked meat, consider adding a smoker to your outdoor kitchen. Like grills, smokers come in an incredible range of styles and sizes.

They burn wood, charcoal, gas, electric, and more. There is nothing like the taste of freshly smoked meats so you may want to add a smoker into your plans to make the most of your outdoor kitchen.

 

What About a Refrigerator?

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If you are going to become an outside kitchen chef, you should include a refrigerator in your plans. Your choices include basic refrigerators, simple refrigerated drawers, wine chillers, beer kegerators, beverage centers, ice makers, and combination units.

Be sure you buy a fridge that is rated for outdoor use. Otherwise you may end up wasting your money when the rains or snow kill your fridge.

 

What About an Ice Bath Area?

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Whether you need somewhere to keep your condiments chilled before you serve them or a place for your cocktail garnishes, there are several different types of ice tray available.

Some even come with individual “buckets” that are designed to fit inside the main ice tray so that everything stays separated and chilled until you need it.

 

Benchtops/Countertops

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There was a time when the only “countertop” you had when cooking outside was some kind of table. Today's outdoor kitchen ideas include countertops that look just as good as the ones that adorn your indoor kitchen.

They can be made from concrete, Corian®, granite, marble, or any other material that can handle hot pans coming off the grille as well as they can handle rain and snow. Choose a material that is going to look as good five years down the road as it did the day you installed it.

 

Cabinets

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If you are going to build an outdoor kitchen, you are going to need plenty of storage space. The last thing you want to have to do is keep running back and forth to your indoor kitchen for basic supplies.

There are many different styles and designs for cabinetry that can be used for your outdoor kitchen and will stand up to the elements.

 

What About a Sink or Running Water?

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As long as you don't mind running all of the dirty dishes into the kitchen and having to carry water out to your outdoor kitchen, then you don't need running water or a sink.

But, if you prefer to make your outdoor cooking area complete and fully functional, you can run a fresh water line out to your kitchen and install a kitchen sink. You can even add in a small hot water heater if you want hot water on demand.

 

Seating

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Now that you have at least the basics when it comes to outdoor kitchen ideas. You need to have somewhere for everyone to sit when they are eating the gourmet meals you have prepared for them.

You can simply use picnic tables or you could go with tables and chairs. Of course, if you are going to the trouble of building your own outdoor kitchen, why not go all out and build your own tables and seating?

 

Entertainment

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Now that you have the perfect outdoor kitchen put together to cook gourmet meals for your family and friends, have you considered what you are going to do about entertaining them after the meal is over?

Consider adding a fire pit for everyone to sit around or maybe a big LED television or projector that can be used to create outdoor movie nights. At the very least you should consider having an entertainment system with a radio and CD player to keep the party going.

All of this is just the beginning. I have friends whose outdoor kitchens far surpass the ones they have inside their homes. There are so many different “specialty” items you can add to your outdoor kitchen ideas to make your kitchen more suitable for your personal cooking style.

These include items like extra burners, tandoors, recessed blender stations, wet bar inserts, and many, many more.

 

This Is Just the Entree

All of this is just the beginning. The more I look at the many different outdoor kitchen ideas, the more I consider tearing my current kitchen apart and rebuilding it. When it comes to designing your outdoor kitchen, the sky is literally the limit. I would follow my dreams and completely rebuild mine. However, as my wife says, “I have Cadillac dreams on a Pinto budget”. So instead I sneak in a few upgrades here and there. Eventually, I will have the outdoor kitchen of my dreams.

I hope that the information above helps you get the outdoor kitchen of your dreams and that it offers you a good start to building your dream outdoor kitchen.

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How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

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ARE YOU COOKING YOUR FAVORITE outdoor meals on nothing more than a gas grill?

Or maybe you want to build an outdoor kitchen but aren't quite sure where to start?

There is nothing like having an outdoor kitchen equipped with appliances and niceties. What niceties? A wood-fired pizza oven, refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, wine chiller, even a kegerator. This article (including the links in it) will help guide you to the outdoor cooking space of your dreams.

It All Starts with a Concept

Before you get too serious about planning and learning how to build an outdoor kitchen, have you thought about how you plan to use it?

  • Are you a barbecue fanatic?
  • Do you enjoy creating gastronomic delights?
  • Do you want an outdoor kitchen that rivals or exceeds the one in your home?
  • Do you want a roof over your kitchen?

All of this and much more has to go into the initial planning stage. Let's take a look at what goes into planning your perfect outdoor kitchen.

Before you get serious about looking for outdoor kitchen plans or kits, you really need to decide how you plan to use your kitchen, what types of food you want to prepare in it, how many people you might feed, and what if any custom or personal touches you want to add. One good way to get a better idea of where to get started is to spend some time looking at the many different outdoor kitchen designs out there and see if any match your needs.

What about Cost?

Part of learning how to build an outdoor kitchen is determining what your construction budget looks like. Not only will this determine the final size of your kitchen and the equipment you add to it, it can also have a major impact on the materials you use to build it. For example, a wood-framed structure will cost far less than one with a steel frame. Corian® countertops are less expensive than natural marble.

Adding a roof to the kitchen is a great way to keep the rain out and give you enough shade to keep you cool while you are slaving over a hot grill. The list goes on and on, the more you want for your kitchen, the more money you need to budget for your project.

How Big Can I Go?

The best way to determine how big to make your outdoor kitchen is to look at how much space you have to work with and what equipment you plan to build into your new kitchen. You also have to figure in how much money you have to work with. You may also want to decide which is more important to you, a larger kitchen with lower cost appliances or a smaller kitchen loaded up with the best equipment available and those little extra luxuries.

Size can also be determined by the number of people you are likely to be providing your culinary creations too. The last thing you want is to build a kitchen that is too small to feed a larger crowd from. At the same time buying an 8 or 12 burner grill to cook burgers for three would be more than a little overkill.

Which is Better DIY Plans or Prefabricated Kit?

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When it comes to building an outdoor kitchen, you can choose to build it from scratch starting with a set of plans and a pile of parts or you can buy a prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit. There are a few factors you should take into consideration as you make your decision, including:

Cost: most kits cost more than building the same size kitchen from scratch.

Size: at some point, you may find kits don't go as big as you need or want.

Skill: do you have the skill to follow a set of plans to a successful conclusion?

Tools: do you have the tools needed to build the kitchen from scratch and know how to use them proficiently?

Time: kits take less time to assemble than scratch building as most kits come with everything cut to size and marked for ease of identification.

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Materials

There are three common materials in use in today's outdoor kitchen for the basic structure, wood, steel framing, and concrete panels, each of which has their own advantages.

Timber – wood is always very easy to work with and is the least expensive option. However, you need to use pressure treated lumber for the best results, which requires special cutting blades. You must also install a cement backer board around the grill to reduce the risk of fire.

Steel frame – steel framing is very popular, it is more resistant to weather and fire.  You can buy steel frame kits that are ready to be assembled. Some anyone can bolt together, others must be welded together, which requires a skilled welder.

Concrete panels – there are several companies who now offers modular outdoor kitchen kits made from concrete panels. The panels are lightweight and come precut for ease of assembly. You put them together using a special cement. These are less expensive than tradition construction, withstand the weather very well and can hold a lot more weight than steel framing.

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Cabinets for Your Kitchen

No matter what type of kitchen you build, wood, steel frame, concrete panel, you should consider what type of cabinets to put in and how many you might need. With a wood frame, you can build the cabinets directly into the structure. You may also be able to do so with a metal frame or you may need to have custom cabinets made to fit for you, which can be pretty spendy.

Concrete panel structures also require custom built cabinets. The nice thing about building your own cabinets or having them built for you, is that you can have any features you want added to them. This can include spice racks, wine glass racks, plate holders, custom sizes, waterproof doors, interior lighting and more.

Cabinet Doors

Since you are planning to install cabinets, they need doors, so do your appliances. The question is what kind of doors should you use. The most common choice for this is stainless steel. The reasons for this are that stainless steel is impervious to the weather and retains its good looks for many years. Other options such as wood or painted steel may save you money, but only on a short-term basis as they are very much susceptible to damage from the weather.

Countertops

The list of materials used for countertops for your outdoor kitchen is long and glorious, including:

  • Corian® – beautiful, long-lasting, durable, expensive
  • Marble – beautiful, very durable, breaks, very, very expensive
  • Ceramic tile – you get to choose the patterns, takes time to install, must be grouted and resealed frequently, less costly,
  • Granite – natural stone, must be sealed and resealed frequently or it will stain, expensive

All of these materials make an excellent choice, some like ceramic tile you may be able to do by yourself. Others like granite, marble, concrete, and Corian® are usually precut by the seller and only require being put in place on your framework and secured.

Sink and Faucets

The possibilities here are endless, the one thing to keep in mind is that no matter what design you choose, it needs to be made from stainless steel. There are single, double, and triple sinks. Deep, shallow, and combination sinks. Do you want a spray attachment, do you have hot and cold running water? How do you plan to drain the water? These are all things you need to keep in mind as you look at the different sinks on the market.

Appliances for Your Kitchen

When it comes to appliances for your outdoor kitchen, it comes down to, “if you can imagine it, someone probably makes it”, quite literally. From grills and refrigerators to icemakers, wine chillers, kegerators, and outdoor hot water heaters. Here again, look for stainless steel appliances and go for quality more than “features” at first then as your budget allows.

Grills and Smokers

There is an endless array of grills and smokers on the market. Choose by the number of burners, how many square inches of grilling surface you need or want for grills. Also consider a rotisserie, infrared heat sources, side burners, gas or electric. Since your kitchen will be built around the size of the grill, choose the grill first and then worry about the rest.

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You can add a small smoke box to your grill if all you want to do is add a little smoky flavoring to your meats. But, if you are into smoking your own meats, you can buy a wood and charcoal burning smoker, an electric one, or one that runs on propane. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, be sure to look into each before you make your decision.

Fireplace

Since not only are you going to be doing a lot of cooking in your outdoor kitchen, but entertaining as well, consider adding a fireplace to the design. The extra heat will be nice on chilly evenings and add a touch of romance for those special nights. There are numerous designs to choose from, some that burn wood, others that run on propane. Wood is more aesthetically feasible while gas is more reliable.

Lighting

If you plan to cook after the sun goes down, you will need some type lighting. The most common form used in outdoor kitchens is LED lighting. You can use directed lights to highlight specific areas, under cabinet lighting to add light to your workspaces, and area lighting for your guests. The type of lighting you choose also depends on whether or not you plan to run electricity out to your new outdoor kitchen, but then if you plan to add a refrigerator, ice maker, wine chiller, and any one of many other appliances to your kitchen, you will need a source of power.

Equipment

This list is virtually endless, maybe you want a blender for mixing your favorite sauces, cocktails, smoothies, and juices. What about a nice set of stainless-steel grilling tools. In essence, you need to equip your outdoor kitchen with many of the same tools as you have in your main kitchen, they just need to be suited for outdoor use.

Before you start buying equipment for your outdoor kitchen, you need to decide what type of cooking you plan to do, how frequently you plan to cook out there, and of course your budget. You may also want to start out with a small collection and add to it as you go. As always go for quality first and price second and you will be much happier.

Conclusion

Learning how to build an outdoor kitchen is only part of the fun, the rest lies in designing and building it. The most important things to remember are to look at as many different designs as you can. Take pictures of your favorites out to where you want your kitchen to sit and see which one will fit best in the space and suit your needs. You may even find you create your own design using a combination of ideas from several different plans.

The most important thing to remember is that this is supposed to be a fun project. Oh, and don't forget to check with your local authorities for any regulations covering building an outdoor kitchen as well as running water and electricity to it. I hope this gets you started on your way to building the outdoor kitchen of your dreams.  Now get out there and build your kitchen, your family and friends are waiting for you to cook them a gourmet meal.

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