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8 Steps to Building the Ultimate DIY Outdoor Kitchen

There’s nothing quite like cooking outdoors! Adding an outdoor kitchen to your house is a great way to not only keep fumes, smoke, and mess outside, but also creates a lovely family gathering place. It costs a fortune to get someone to build one for you, so why not build an outdoor kitchen yourself?

8 Steps to Building Your DIY Outdoor Kitchen


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1. Materials for Your Outdoor Kitchen

The first step is to look at the materials – are they combustible or non-combustible? Combustible materials have the potential to catch fire. If you’re using combustible materials like wood in your design, you’ll need to install protection to prevent fire.

For your grill, you’ll need to install a grill jacket to keep it cool and prevent it from setting the surrounding materials on fire. Non-combustible materials, like bricks or stone, tend to be safer around hot appliances.

2. Ventilation

Ventilation is a necessity in an outdoor kitchen. You may think: “It’s outdoors, it’s always ventilated”, but that’s not necessarily the case. Gas can still build up and cause injury to you, your kitchen, and even your house if it ignites.

Ventilation is different for natural gas and propane. Natural gas rises so you need to have ventilation up high. Propane gas is heavy, so you need your vents as low as possible.


3. Design Your Zones

Having your zones set up correctly is important for a well-functioning outdoor kitchen. You don’t want your cooking zone (hot) right next to your cooling zone (cold) for example. Think about how it would best work for you. Have your cutting zone right next to the sink so it’s easy to wash your hands and clean vegetables. Place a bin near there to toss the rubbish in.

Place cooking appliances you often use together near each other, like your grill and your wok burner, so it’s easy to check up on both at the same time.

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