Choosing the Right Appliances - The Summerset Outdoor Kitchen Planning Series
As with indoor kitchens, the essential features in outdoor kitchens are the appliances, and the most important outdoor appliance is the grill. Yet, many more optional devices are available for a more fully functional space depending on how the kitchen is used. The options are limited only by space and budget, from pizza oven to side burners, refrigerators to sinks, and even dishwashers to deep fryers.
Choosing Your Appliances
All outdoor appliances need to be durable to make it through rain, sun, and even freezing temperatures. All outdoor appliances are recommended to be constructed of at least #304-grade stainless steel, which works great for all weather conditions, is very durable, and requires low maintenance. Try not to mix and match appliances and built-in units where possible because each manufacturer uses specific stainless whose differences can be noticeable when side-by-side.
Popular Outdoor Kitchen Appliances Options
Probably the second most useful outdoor appliance, a separate side burner allows for preparing sauces and side dishes while grilling. A separate side burner is ideal rather than one incorporated into the grill because it is more powerful, larger, and allows for custom placement, maximizing function in the cooking area.
An outdoor sink is invaluable, offering a convenient hand washing station, a place to prep fruits and vegetables, and a place to clean utensils. Varying in size, a sink is a very sought-after feature, often increasing home value. Outdoor sinks will need a water supply and drainage, adequately installed and winterized for colder climates.
Gas ovens, electric ovens, warming drawers, and custom installed pizza ovens add another level of functionality to the outdoor space, increasing a chef's menu options. Outdoor ovens are an excellent option for cooks that don't want to be stuck behind a grill, so they can set a timer and enjoy their company.
For covered outdoor spaces, ventilation must be considered and planned to manage smoke, soot, and food particles from the grill. As with indoor kitchens, vent hoods provide the necessary ventilation to keep the guests and space from becoming overly dirty and unwelcoming. Consider a remote fan powerful enough for the distance, rather than one located in the hood, filling the room with noise.
Convenient for entertaining, refrigerators keep drinks, ingredients, and condiments cold and fresh. Icemakers and wine refrigerators are also popular choices.
Although less common, an outdoor dishwasher is an excellent idea for those that dislike dragging dishes in and out of their home for washing and storing. As with sinks, these will require plumbing, increasing their cost.
Final Points on Choosing Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances
Consider what you use in your daily indoor kitchen when selecting appliances for the outdoor space and your lifestyle. You want to create a comfortable cooking space for what you want to do and flow intuitively with your cooking style.
If properly installed, all of the major appliance manufacturers provide warranties on their products. Read through them when looking at different models, and keep in mind that outdoor appliances require more upkeep than their indoor counterparts.
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