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Don't Let This Happen To You! How to build a safe outdoor kitchen.


OK, the temps are falling and you want to start grilling outdoors. But first you need to build that outdoor kitchen you have been dreaming about. Don't let that dream become a nightmare!

There are many vendors that will quote you a great price but these same vendors will build your outdoor kitchen frame from wood. Please do not build your outdoor kitchen from wood -- see the pictures above. As the grill gets used it removes the water content from the wood frame to a point where the wood starts smoldering or can combust. If your are lucky the wood frame will just smolder and eventually just be so weak that it will no longer be able to support the weight of the grill and just fall in on itself. If you are not so lucky you could end up with a fire on your hands. Again, see the pictures.

OK, you say, no wood, I'm with you. Then what should the outdoor kitchen be built from? Two very acceptable building materials for outdoor kitchens are concrete cinder blocks that are mortared in place and steel framing studs that are encased in Hardie board (basically a cement board). So if you are in the market for an outdoor kitchen, please ask the contractor what he plans to use for building materials and make sure it is not wood. Here are pictures of outdoor kitchens built from cinder blocks and steel framing.


Here are a few other things to consider and that you may want to talk about with your contractor before building:

1) Make sure there is adequate ventilation to let gas and heat escape.
2) Don't install your fridge and your grill next to each other. Both generate heat so the fridge will have a harder time cooling and the grill area will get additional heat.
3) Make sure the appliances you purchase are outdoor rated.
4) Make sure and build in enough usable counter space. In our experience people always underestimate the amount of counter space they are going to need to save a few dollars but then deeply regret not spending those few extra dollars.

In summary, if you are considering building an outdoor kitchen, please do not use wood for the framing material. If you would like us to provide you with a no obligation on-site consultation and free quote to build your outdoor kitchen, then please call us at 1-800-737-3950 or visit us online at