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OT - What to put and not to put in your outdoor kitchen?

HubHub Posts: 853

I'm finally ready to build my dream house on our lakefront property, and I want to build an awesome outdoor kitchen/living area. After much research here and elsewhere, I'm still unsure on a few things. Can you guys with these experiences please help me out with some suggestions?


I'm definitely doing a built in Kamado style grill, built in griddle, pizza oven, sink, fridge, kegerator, fireplace, built in storage and vent hood. The kitchen will be covered but open. I've got a pretty large budget and want to do this right, but I don't want to throw money away.

Should I also do a gas grill? If so, do I need separate vent hoods for the gas grill and the kamado? Should I put the two grills close together and try and cover them with one large vent hood? Should I build in the pizza oven, or go with a counter top version? Is there something else you would add or subtract from your ideal outdoor kitchen/living area?


By the way, here is the view from the outdoor kitchen:


Beautiful and lovely Villa Rica, Georgia

Comments

  • GymGym Posts: 364

    You gotta budget?

  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 19,877

    Wherever you land I would not put SWMBO in your kitchen. 😎

    BTW- Nice view right there. See above.

    Louisville;  "indeterminate Jim" here; L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • HubHub Posts: 853

    Not really. Money isn't the issue. I can afford whatever needs to be there. Instead, it's kind of a "less is more" dilemma for me. On one hand, put as much as you can into it. On the other hand, unnecessary parts of the kitchen could detract from the better parts.

    Beautiful and lovely Villa Rica, Georgia
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 19,142

    Just leave an opening for the Egg vs dropping in a hole.

    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max when they came out (I'm good for now). 

  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,487

    I like having a gasser. Great warming oven or if you have the budget, one with an infrared sear station is awesome. Steaks from the sous vide, sear on the gasser - give the kamado the day off. I like my gasser close to the kamados, great fire proof storage for grids, setters etc...

    The gas powered side burner is ideal to simmer “stuff” and to reduce marinade to use as a dipping sauce.

    Good luck, almost a shame to clutter that million dollar view with “infrastructure’, you gotta do what you gotta do. Enjoy!

    Delta B.C. - Whiskey and steak, because no good story ever started with someone having a salad!
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,313

    Were I to build an outdoor kitchen I would make sure to have plenty of electrical outlets.

    And a microwave. I'd want at least a smaller microwave (builtin not countertop) if only to warm up a cup of coffee now and again.

    And a water heater of some kind. I hate having to wait a minute or two for hot water and the low flow faucets these days make that an agonizing wait. So definitely a small tank or even tankless heater inline with your normal hot water service so you can get at least some hot water pretty quickly. Or maybe just one of those hot water recirculating pump setups you turn on for a few seconds that forces hot water from your main water heater to your faucet.

    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 9,818

    And a built in camera that would automatically take pictures of all of my righteous cooks.

    Austin, TX
  • HeavyGHeavyG Posts: 6,313

    Haha ha ha ha.

    But that would be helpful as that's the only way it'll ever happen. 😎

    Camped out in the (757/804)
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 12,641

    Ping @Thatgrimguy . I don't know what he has planned for his new digs, but the outdoor play area he built for his old place makes me swoon whenever I see pics of it.


    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 13,243

    A damn nice music system...🎸🎼🥁🎷🎹

    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “May the four winds blow you safely home.”
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 19,726

    Natural gas line.

    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • ColbyLangColbyLang Posts: 212

    My outdoor area was “unbudgeted” too, ended up with a 22x39 area that we used frequently. My architect had the egg drawn in. I opted to leave it in a nest so that it’s moveable depending on wind and weather. My gasser went on an exterior/perimeter wall, no hood vent needed. We love our fireplace. Good recessed lights on dimmers, good ceiling fans and twice the amount of electrical is my suggestion!

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