Outdoor kitchens are built in a slightly different way than indoor ones. For one, outdoor kitchens must be able to withstand not only the heat generated when cooking but also the variable weather conditions outside. In this article, we explore the 4 most basic outdoor kitchen frames upon which the best and sturdiest outdoor kitchens are built upon.
If you’re aiming for longevity, steel frames provide it easily. Stainless steel frames are impervious to rust, and highly tolerant to heat and cold. Its strength can rival industrial kitchens and most steel frames are fabricated for the outdoors. These frames can also be customized to fit your outdoor area and kitchen equipment.
The most common and inexpensive frame for your outdoor kitchen, a concrete block base is also amenable to any kind of weather. It’s also highly customizable, however, your kitchen design must be set in stone before the construction begins. If you’re choosing this type of frame, the strength of the build will depend on the expertise of the mason so make sure to hire a certified and experienced contractor.
It is the most elegant style of an outdoor kitchen but is also the most time-consuming. Most brick outdoor kitchens also need a concrete base. While it may require more labor for both the concrete and bricklaying phases, the base becomes stronger. This base complements homes with a brick exterior.
Before you think wood might be the flimsiest out of these four building materials, the right wood applied with treatment can easily hold up for a long time. A cement backer board covers the wooden frame before the exterior panels are attached.
Whichever frame you choose, any of these are highly customizable to fit the outdoor kitchen layout and space you have. The key to a well-built outdoor kitchen is the level of skill and expertise worked into it, thus make sure that your contractor has the skills and experience.