I'm thinking about a small "outdoor kitchen" when I add a screened
porch on the house. I'd like to have a nice gas grill built into a
concrete countertop, ideally with a burner on the side as well. The
plan will also include a ventilation hood.
It appears the built-in models are about 2 times the cost as a
freestanding grill. Can I just buy a nice webber grill and retrofit
it into the space I need?
I have a natural gas line nearby, so I plan to hire an experienced
plumber to connect the system up for me. Yes - I will buy the right
My thought is you are comparing apples and oranges. A good built in grill
is built to last a long time. Yes it is more expensive than the cheap
grills at WalMart.
If you do a comparison of grill prices for Weber, the top end Summit models
that are available built in or free standing are rather close in price.
Take a peek here. This is where I bought my Summit S470 a few weeks ago.
Good prices overall
They have four built in models available and the prices are very competitive
with the freestanding.
On Sun, 31 Jul 2011 13:58:34 -0400, "Ed Pawlowski"
I have a $400 Webber that is 8 years old and doing fine. I was
looking at consumerreports listings and see the grills with an
excellent rating are around $800 - $1000. The ones you are looking at
cost $1500 and up.
Maybe I'm just cheap?
Then you probably won't like some of the prices here
Be sure to marvel at the Fire Magic Echelon Diamond.
The double side burner is extra at $786. The cover goes up and down at the
push of a button. Of course you'd expect that for $7100.
Features for an outside kitchen can vary all over the map.
As for the grill costing more, of the ones I have seen that were intended to
be built into some kind of structure are substantially higher quality.
Maybe it is that they know this will sit outside 24/7/365 and not be rolled
in and out of shelter. I think they also followed the market knowing that
people who could afford to have one mounted could afford a better unit.
My friend has an Outdoor Kitchen brand, and it is really awesome. If I hit
the lottery, I'm getting one.
As for "stuff" in an outdoor kitchen, there are considerations. First, the
weather. It's outside a lot, exposed to the elements, and most everyone
lives where it freezes at least once a winter. So, things like sinks take
special care. And sinks have to drain and have a water supply.
Refrigerators, cabinets, storage, beer kegger, cutting boards, and all that
stuff is best when it can be easily taken in and out for use. A sink can be
rigged easily with a tank and a gravity feed, and just how much does one use
a sink when cooking. So, a small tank, and a small holding tank could be
Places for chilling can be as simple as making a space the shape of a common
ice chest. They now have some cool looking ones at HD that are stainless
top, and would look very nice set into a nook in a island.
Bottom line, it would be easy to make an island with an assemblage of lots
of goodies, and not spend a boatload of money, and have the flexibility of
changing it, or replacing say an ice chest.
I'm going to do this soon. We have been buying dual pane doors to make a
wall as a windbreak, yet keep the view. Overhead will be sail shaped sewn
Sunbrella canvas for shade, and the multiple sails will be staggered
vertically so that air will circulate. I will post photos.
Heart surgery pending?
a small concrete countertop is pretty easy. if you want it polished, the
diamond tooling for that is about $350, but you can get on ebay cheaper
or resell what you do buy after you're done with it. you can get lots of
colors, can mold in a sink, and insert objects before you pour the
concrete for custom inlays.
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