Getting an outdoor kitchen installed is a big deal. If you’ve been thinking about starting your outdoor kitchen project this year, here are some important questions you may have answered and clarified.
Should an outdoor kitchen be covered?
Yes, it is recommended to have your outdoor kitchen covered. Whether it’s having a patio cover or a weather drape that’s sturdy enough for any harsh weather element, a cover will help protect your outdoor kitchen, appliance, and surfaces from aging and deterioration.
What is a good size for an outdoor kitchen?
A good size for an outdoor kitchen depends on what your outdoor cooking needs are. If it’s for basic grilling, enough space to fit a built-in or freestanding grill and some counterspace will suffice. However, if you want to cook and entertain at the same time, a grill space, countertop, and dining area will need a larger space out of your yard.
Can you use a regular grill in an outdoor kitchen?
Yes, a regular freestanding grill can also be used instead of a built-in grill. Built-in grills are recommended to save space but if your area can accommodate a regular grill, then it can be installed. Some customization can also be done to your grill cover to provide counterspace for both sides of your grill.
Can you grill under a pergola?
While it is possible to grill under a pergola, some precautionary measures must be checked first. See whether the area under the pergola has enough space to allow a grill to be placed in and far away from the posts or beams. The height of the pergola must allow the smoke and heat to escape easily and not reach the beam, rafters, and lattice.
Is it okay to grill inside a screened porch?
It is not recommended to grill inside a screened porch as the screens won’t allow the smoke to escape the enclosed area easily. Smoke and grease stains will also mark your porch and leave traces of the grilling long after the event has concluded. However, if you really are keen on grilling inside your screened porch, a proper ventilation system can siphon the grill smoke outside, preventing any damage to your ceiling and porch. It will cost more though but you’ll get a good grill without ever having to step out of your screened porch.