Plan­ning the Out­door Kitchen

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME OUTDOOR LIVING -

The owner of Ro­man­tic Fire­places & BBQs, Mike Pilon, is also a for­mer kitchen de­signer and of­fers the fol­low­ing tips on plan­ning and equip­ping the out­door kitchen:

An out­door kitchen can be af­ford­able or go to $30,000 and up. Start­ing with the grill, de­cide on re­quired fea­tures and qual­ity of a built-in or stand-alone model. A good one by Ver­mont Cast­ings can run from $1,250 to $2,000. Grills by Peter­son range from $3-5,000 at the mid to up­per level and the best line with higher end heads costs be­tween $8-10,000.

Depend­ing on the area size and life­style needs, de­cide on a straight line or L-shaped de­sign and de­sired fea­tures. If used as a life­style com­po­nent, build a raised seat­ing bar to com­fort­ably en­ter­tain guests while cook­ing, just like in­doors.

All ap­pli­ances and fea­tures should be spe­cially de­signed and man­u­fac­tured for out­door use. Dif­fer­ent sys­tems with a va­ri­ety of ac­ces­sories are avail­able and can be built-in or por­ta­ble prod­ucts. Clever fea­tures in­clude fridges with pull-out draw­ers, dual zone wine cool­ers, keg cool­ers with a tap, sink units and stor­age com­po­nents.

The kitchen struc­ture needs a main­te­nance-free fin­ish like real stone. Stain­less steel and gran­ite sur­faces are less work than ce­ramic tile. Struc­tures can be open to the el­e­ments or cov­ered in a gazebo type set­ting.

Wall or post-mounted and free-stand­ing torches and lanterns are pop­u­lar. The Tem­pest Torch gas lamp starts at $1,600. Fire place units and ta­ble-top fires are also avail­able with eco-friendly and odour­less Ethanol fuel. There is a wide va­ri­ety of por­ta­ble heat­ing units as well as totem torches.

Is­land camp­fires and fire pits in high ta­ble tops are great for en­ter­tain­ing. Nat­u­ral gas and propane fire pits that are smoke and spark-free are al­lowed in back­yards.

— Mike Pilon, Ro­man­tic Fire­places & BBQs

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