April William Backyard November 21st, 2018 - 02:07:46
The planning stages of your outdoor kitchen. The first step of building an outdoor kitchen is to decide on what pieces of equipment you plan on installing before running the plumbing or laying the first brick of this island. The Watson family decided on a gas grill with double access, doors, a fridge and a sink with a single access door, the Watsons elected not to go with the vent hood though they may install one down the road. We always recommend you consider a vent hood if you're building your outdoor kitchen under a roof, to keep as much smoke as possible away from your guests to get a good visual on how your kitchen will look and ensure what you choose will fit in your space. Our BBQ guys this is a great thing to have in your back pocket to show your contractor when it comes to visualizing the final project and the Watsons case.
We recommended that they went with a structure that was 8 feet wide and 36 inches high, along with the standard measurements of 30 inches deep, allowing for proper lid clearance to this noncombustible. Hardiplank wall safety tip here for combustible back walls, always check your grills owner's manual for proper clearance. Once the design was settled, the next step was to have licensed. Professionals run the utilities on this island. They had the water drain and plumbing for the sink ran to the left side, the gas plumbing to the middle right underneath where the grill would go and their electricity was run on the right side where they would put their fridge. They also decided on an outlet up above the countertop on the right side to accommodate the rotisserie motor for the gas grill, look at how well they lined up with where the walls were ultimately built. This is due to good planning once the utilities were in place. They could now start building the island.
The Watsons chose brick walls with a granite countertop. This is a common choice for noncombustible building materials when the brick masons are building the walls of the island, it is very important that they do so to the exact specs of the equipment you choose. In addition to referencing the manufacturer's cutout dimensions, it's good practice to have all of your equipment at the job site so that your installer can be 100 % certain of his cuts on this island. They laid the brick wall, leaving a cutout for the single access door under the sink, a double access door under the grill and the opening for the fridge. If you plan on installing a fridge, always make sure to follow your fridge manufacturer's cutout requirements to ensure proper ventilation, we always recommend an outdoor rated fridge with front venting. The Watsons had a refrigerator already that they'll use for now, but we'll consider an outdoor rated model down the road when planning the cutout for the grill.
It is imperative to do so. With the exact thickness of your countertop in mind, you don't want to measure from the top of the brick wall. You want to measure from the top of the countertop to ensure your grill rest at the proper height another thing to keep in mind guys a lot of grill manufacturers list a cutout height measurement that allows for the gap beneath the grill for combustion, air. Alright, the granite guys are here the Watsons selected, so these guys will glue it directly to the granite and let it sit at the same time that they adhere the rest of the countertop. The countertop only takes about 30 minutes to set so while that happens, this is a good time to double check your measurements for the grill cut out, as the saying goes, measure twice and cut once once, the main cutout is made, don't forget to notch the corners Allowing your grill to sit flush when installed the last thing the stone workers will do here today is drilling the hole for the faucet all right. Looking good, this project is really starting to come together. Well, the water and drain lines are hooked up and ready to go and the gas plumbing is being connected. We always recommend this be done by a licensed professional once all the connections are made. Testing for leaks is an important step.
This is done with a spray bottle filled with soapy water, with the gas turned on. All of the connections are sprayed if no bubbles form. That means the lines are free of leaks. To show you what illegal looks like, we purposely loosen the fitting that you see here now, it's time to set in the grill. A lot of people are surprised to find out that the weight of most built-in grills is supported by the flange. That rests directly on the countertop with no underbracing, because this patio is set up for natural gas. The safety vent panels are installed toward the top of the island for islands. Fueled by propane. The vent panel should be installed as low in the cavity as possible. Now we'll install the access doors, remember access doors like this or a must. They allow you to reach your gas plumbing when needed. If your island is brick like this, one you'll want to use an impact, drill and masonry screws after the frame is installed, secure. The handles to the door and we can move on to mounting the single access door under the sink in addition to providing access to the plumbing these doors allow for some convenient storage space. All that's left to do is to plug in the fridge and slide it into the cutout.