Outdoor living is the second largest home improvement sector just behind the indoor kitchen. A huge portion of the outdoor living home improvement is the Outdoor Kitchen sector. Because of the boom in this area everyone now claims to be able to build an outdoor kitchen for you. The indoor wood cabinet guy, the mason that built the pathway, the yard guy that cuts your grass and so on, all are now doing outdoor kitchens. They think it is just a simple box made of any materials and they can get a check and move on. Well, not so fast. There are many safety concerns and other issues to consider when building an outdoor kitchen.
1. Materials: Never use combustible materials. I have heard people and even contractors say they are using treated lumber. Treated for what? There is no fire proof treated lumber at Home depot. Two wood will swell and contract causing cracking to counter tops and veneers. If they want to put in an"insulated liner" run for the hills. They cost $600 and up and only slow down the transfer of radiant heat to the wood. Every grill manufacture says only to be installed in non-combustible structure. It null and voids all warranties as well. The savings in cheap lumber is also a loss to you because the contractor makes you buy the expensive liners so they can cheap out on materials.
2. Ventilation: This is the second most important thing you can do to prevent fire or damage to your components. You need to have a free exchange of fresh air into the cabinet. This keep cooler air pulling into the cabinet and that will prevent the radiant heat and damage to things like your refrigerator. With out proper ventilation things such as ice makers, refrigerators will die and grill will over heat causing gaskets to rupture and valves to leak causing fires. A minimum of two vents are needed but more is better. Ask you FLO Grills Gourmet Grill Consultant about this for more information.
3. Prevailing winds: If prevailing winds are coming into the grill from the rear to the front this can cause over heating and damage to the o ring gasket and starters. This will show with the starter not working and is severe cases fire behind the face plate causing discoloration or even complete destruction via fire of the outdoor kitchen.
There are even more considerations to list but the bottom line is that an outdoor kitchen not something that is just an add on to a job but in fact it is a project for a specialized company that understands the risk and how to mitigated them so you can enjoy your outdoor kitchen for years to come worry free.
Contact your FLO Grills local showroom and speak to a Gourmet Grill consultant today!