I bought a house that has a built in outdoor kitchen. The setup is nice, but not quite the way I would have done it, and I'm trying to make it my own setup without having to do too much demolition and rebuilding.
Above is a picture of my existing setup, and another one further back to give an idea of the space (sorry for glare). The TEC Sterling was there already, and doesn't work. It doesn't start, the grates need to be replaced, and the insides generally look like the grill was abused by the previous homeowner. Also, I've always been happy with Weber gas grills, so my plan is to take it out and replace it with a Weber. My existing Weber can't fit in there, but the new model has moved the burner controls to the front so those side tables can be removed - I was planning on taking out the TEC, removing the doors beneath it, and simply wheeling the new Weber (sans side tables) into place under the vent, which will be just about a perfect fit.
My plan was to then have a cutout made to the left of the gas grill (where the side burner currently is, see below for a pic of a similar cutout), and put a Big Green Egg there. The problem with this plan, as one of my friends who has a BGE pointed out, is that my cooking area is covered and my friend says his BGE produces quite a bit of smoke. So I'm worried with the BGE there up against the wall and not under the hood, I might have smoke issues. Thoughts/comments on this from those of you who have your BGE under a covered area? I'm not so much worried about discoloration from smoke as I am smoking people out if we're sitting under there (going to add a bigger table once my standalone Weber is gone). If I were to put the BGE under the hood, which would be ideal, I don't really have enough space left for the gas grill.
Below is a pic of a BGE incorporated into the built in as I had intented to (wish this was my outdoor kitchen):
Does anyone have thoughs on a potential solution?
One thought I have would be to just get the compact BGE table with castors http://www.biggreenegg.com/tables.html
. I could place it over towards the open side of the kitchen, and since my new gas grill under the vent will also be on casters I could pull it out and put the BGE under the hood for applications that will involve a lot of smoke. The only problem with this is the compact table at 41" is too wide for the ~30" space, so would have to be modified (I assume it comes unassembled and cutting down the pieces before assembly is possible to make a 24.5 x 30" table?). This solution wouldn't be as space efficient as having the BGE incorporated into the built in counter, but would solve the smoke issue.
Sorry for the lengthy post, but felt it was necessary to explain. If I was building from scratch this would be much easier to come up with a perfect solution, but this is what I have to work with.
If you moved into a house with this existing setup and wanted both a gas grill and a BGE, how would you do it?