What is a perfect outdoor kitchen?
Of course, there is no perfect thing in the world, but you can get pretty close by understanding what makes a good outdoor kitchen. The five main reasons to have an outdoor kitchen should help us.
You can cook indoors with a normal range and follow every step to make sure that your food will taste great. But it will never have the same teste as a BBQ, Grill or Smoker. Any of these methods of cooking is an art, and cannot (there isn’t enough space to express how this is important) be indoors.
Following this logic, let’s talk about your set up for cooking.
- Your weapon of choice
Being a grill, a BBQ or a smoker, you will need to compensate the high-temperature cooking harm to your health and to the environment. First, make sure that there is enough air in the space. Many outdoor kitchens are enclosed and have only the air supply of windows and doors, that can be inadequate. One thing that can help a lot is adding a range hood to the design. If you are looking for the best range hoods WE HAVE IT HERE.
Secondary to food, socializing is a big part of having an outdoor kitchen. Another big focus for your kitchen should be entertainment.
Examples we have seen include:
- We are not very big advocates of having a TV in your layout, but that is an idea that you can use.
- Poker, ping-pong or pool tables are amazing and very entertaining.
- Table games are always fun but try to get simple and short ones.
- Music is a MUST if you want to have good parties and gatherings.
- Be creative! Find something that is “you” and has fun with the project.
3- Food Storage
While you are cooking inside, usually the fridge is able to hold all the food you will need, and the reason for that is because you are feeding 5-6 people mostly. If you have an outdoor kitchen, chances are you will be serving a lot more people at once, which means you will need more space to store your food.
There are 4 main storage areas to think about. Frozen food before cooking, food that needs to be cold during the cooking, food that needs to keep warm after you cook and storage for food while you are serving the food. An extra Fridge many times is a must for supplying a place for the first 2 types of storage. A table is enough for the last step but what many people don’t think about is the third type. We suggest you keep slow cookers, microwaves or food warmers around so you can also store those types of food.
4- Contact with Nature
Outdoor cooking brings us closer to nature. It is a different feeling and depending on our surroundings, it can be very special. Try to cook during camping, and not feel a connection to the elements around us. It is amazing but there is a downside to it that will affect your design a lot! Be careful with the elements that can deteriorate your kitchen appliances. At the same time, you can use them to your advantage.
- Think about the materials – Stainless steel is usually the best material because of its durability on rainy, snowy and high-temperature environments.
- The flooring will make a huge difference! Choose it according to your weather pattern. Wood is good for colder places because of the lack of temperature conducting. If you are in hotter spots, stone floors can help you keep a controlled space, and so on.
- Airflow in the kitchen – Greater airflow in the kitchen space can be a strong indicator of the kitchen being fresh.
5- Trying New Things!
It is a good idea to add things that you want to try. Newest trends include brick stoves to make bread, pizza, etc, fire pits for camping food, among other types of cooking. Check our gallery for ideas!