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Your Guide for Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

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A growing number of homeowners are bringing their indoor kitchen outside by building fully functioning outdoor kitchens, perfect for parties and barbeques. When choosing outdoor kitchen appliances, look for models specified for outdoor use and rated by Underwriters Laboratories, the largest, independent, non-profit testing laboratory. These appliances are more suitable for the humid and dusty conditions found outside. Make sure they are made from stainless steel. The best appliances have reinforced and protected wiring and electronics to withstand harsh weather conditions.

Before looking for outdoor kitchen appliances, plan accordingly so you have the necessary plumbing and electrical work. Another important aspect is your home’s resale value. If you are spending money on surfaces, appliances and high-end grills, don’t neglect complementary features such as task lighting and dimmers, sinks or dishwashers, comfortable seating and ceiling fans. Spend some time thinking about the things you really need and want without being influenced by something you’ve seen on TV or your neighbors’ houses. Ask yourself what best suits your home’s architecture, landscape, family size, needs, what kinds of foods you will cook outside, kids safety, if you want to wash your hands outside, what do you want to store outside, how close will the outdoor kitchen be to the house, and if it will be an entertainment area. It may also be a good time to consider whether your outdoor kitchen has access to clean water for drinking and consumption; if this is only ensured for the indoors, it might be a good idea to look into drinking water filter systems and choose something that meets your requirements.

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Choosing an Outdoor Refrigerator

Refrigerators are ones of the hardest working appliances in the home, as they function constantly. When places outside, a refrigerator is required to work even harder. Make sure you choose one designed for efficient and reliable outdoor use so it can operate safely when exposed to an unstable environment. It is very important that the refrigerator is weatherproofed, as electricity and water can be very dangerous. Appliances are exposed to moist conditions even when built into an outdoor kitchen island. A freestanding fridge can be places anywhere in the outdoor space, while a built-in units are designed to be integrated into outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Choose a reliable 304 stainless steel model (also called 18/8) with higher resistance to corrosion instead of less-expensive plastic-wrapped steel or 430 stainless. If you have small children, seek models with locking doors.

Outdoor Dishwasher

There are many types of dishwashers from built-in or under-Counter Dishwashers, energy efficient and quiet dishwashers to small portable dishwashers. Outdoor dishwashers can basically do anything that indoor dishwashers do. Make sure the model you choose has a pre-programmed winterization cycle and reinforced wiring and electronics. Before choosing a dishwasher, consider the size of your family and how much you will use it. If you have a big family, choose quiet dishwashers which can accommodate a large load.

If you have a small family, or you won’t use it that much, choose a portable dishwasher. Portable dishwashers can be placed anywhere in the kitchen and can be moved to other locations if necessary, as they are usually on wheels. Instead of being permanently connected to a plumbing source, it can hook up to drainage, power and water sources in anywhere it is used. You can find some great portable dishwashers on

Outdoor Grill

There is nothing better than an outdoor grill in the summertime. Moreover, when it’s cold outside a delicious as freshly grilled steak can keep you warm. Before you buy an outdoor grill, you must know there are three main types: charcoal, gas and pellet. Gas grills can work on natural gas or propane. Natural gas grills require you to have a gas line and usually will cost more for the initial setup but less on the long run. Propane grills can be place anywhere but you will need to buy propane regularly. Pellet grills use small pellets of hardwood for smoking or grilling food, adding a smoky flavor. They are excellent grills, but they may not be the best choice for a novice griller. Charcoal grills provide an authentic barbeque taste, although they can be harder to light and heat up. Over time, they might add more to the cost of your grill.

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