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Outdoor kitchen island

I have been wanting an outdoor kitchen for a long time. Was going to have one built when the patio extension was built this summer - something pretty basic, an island with enclosed storage and a sink, since i wanted the eggs to stay mobile. I balked at the cost, so thought of building one myself out of exterior grade metal stud, hardibacker, stone, with a granite countertop. That would have been pricey too especially in terms of time and labor put in. I hunted around on craiglist for a steel table with sink which would have taken care of most of my needs, except the storage part. No luck. 

I then stumbled upon the Stenstorp kitchen island at  IKEA. its an indoor item with an oak top, solid wood frame, and only 1 piece of particle board! I like that it has metal shelves for some storage, and the back half is open, so it accommodates the water and electrical stubs in the patio.

This is where @RRP came in. The top came lightly oiled, so I figured I needed to finish it with spar urethane so that it could weather the elements. I pm'ed Ron, and he patiently guided me through the process, so a big shout to him! After many hours of sanding, and waiting for the multiple coats of spar urethane to dry, I was finally ready to put it all together. 


It has a nice large work area. I have some granite tiles that I'll set down on one end for placing hot pans, etc. May use covered rubbermaid type container for things like gloves, some eggcessories, etc. May drop a bar sink in the countertop at some point. Cost was less than what i would have paid for just the steel doors/drawers for a custom built island. We'll see how long it lasts. 

#1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.


  • dlk7dlk7 Posts: 1,045
    I love it - your patio looks like it was invaded by the transformers!!!  Your mobile eggs rock!

    Two XL BGEs - So Happy!!!!

    Waunakee, WI

  • Yeah ... you have two R2D2's on your patio Reminds me of Star Wars!
    My PitMaster IQ120 FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!! Current BGE arsenal: XL & MiniMax
  • dlk7 said:
    I love it - your patio looks like it was invaded by the transformers!!!  Your mobile eggs rock!

    Keeping it Weird in the ATX
    2 Large BGE
    1 MiniMax BGE
    1 Karubecue C60 (aka-"The Dishwasher")
    More accessories than TFJ knows about and one more purchase from mandatory counciling
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,789
    Yeah I'm itching to put wheels on the island.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,041
    Good pull Cen Tex. Caliking is the new Dr. Who.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,612
    That looks like crap. I'll tell you what I told my German waitress. ..well, if that's the best you can do.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,612
    Lols jk broski. ..looks great. My second large will have the wheels like that.
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 699
    Did you make the cart for your large? That is supremely cool. Heck, all of it is.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,767
    Thanks for the tip of the hat, but you did the work, my friend! Glad I could help!
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 8,789
    edited January 2014
    Haterz gonna hate! :)

    @GQuiz - I bought the large on sale without the nest, so i had to build something for it. At the time, I thought I would eventually make a table for it, so put together the EggCrate over a weekend. Now I like it enough that I'm going to leave it that way - I like the mobility. I needed the pneumatic wheels because my pool deck is flagstone too, and the smaller wheels of a nest wouldn't  roll very well on it.

    @RRP - Thanks again for your help. I would have missed multiple details had you not been involved. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
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