I've been a member / lurker for a while but not a frequent poster. I've been cooking on BGE's for about 10 years now. I have a large, a small and a mini.
I want to share with you my completed outdoor kitchen and some of the various steps of construction.
The design was to be durable, functional and clean looking. I went through many, many variations of the layout and decided on my 2stone Pizza Grill, a small BGE and a Large BGE. There is a 15" wide drawer that pulls out for a garbage can and storage and then two more for coal storage, tools, utensils, etc and a 'fridge.
I just finished it last week and have cooked on it a number of times and it's a joy to work on. I couldn't be happier. One thing I noticed on my first cook which was a paella was how nice it is to have the eggs perfectly leveled for certain things. When the paella pan was filled up with liquid, it stayed perfectly dispersed and more importantly evaporated evenly, ensuring a nice, thick, even soccorat.
This was the first drawing I made this winter, not what I made but a starting point:
a later, computer rendering of a different layout
we sunk a number of tubes past the frost line to make a foundation:
the foundation was plumbed with water, electric and gas, all in boring sleeves. You can see some of the 8x8 limestone in the corner of this pic. The sides and back are limestone.
ok, jump forward quite a bit. Here the limestone block work is more or less done. Also all of the wood frame work for the cabinertry was done too, in marine plywood and sealed. The frame for the concrete countertop is made and they're working away on the counter:
two rolled aluminum angle rings as molds for the eggs
this is a 2x2 stainless angle flange for the pizza grill which sticks above the surface 3/8"
the finished, dried surface two weeks later
more progress, 24" 2 drawer perlick fridge installed
the finished product! Pizza oven installed, capstone installed, cedar cabinetry done.
We're modifiying the grill top so it goes over the flange, all the way down so water won't get in there
not a very good pic, I should get more but this kinda shows how the eggs are mounted. We made two trays out of 3/16" 304 stainless 3" deep. In each tray is a 1" drain in the corner. The cabinets are lined with concrete board, and then stainless angle was screwed to the sides to hold the tray. The small egg tray is a bit high than the larges so the drain from the small one goes in to the large ones and then down a tube, in to the ground.
In the back of unit, we sunk two dozen, 1" stainless rounds that are 8" long and drilled and tapped at one end. These are there to mount whatever off in the future, lights, heaters, awning, etc. I think I'm going to work on the lighting next, right now I just have that machinsts light and want something a little more appropriate.
Anyhew, I'm pysched it's done and love using it!