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The Rise of the Year-Round Outdoor Kitchen

An expert guide to creating the ultimate outdoor kitchen


The classic barbeque is a time-honoured tradition – it gets us outside and enjoying the company of our loved ones, and the nostalgic smell of ever-so-slightly charred sausages.

Like many, it’s a custom that has evolved over the years – no longer confined to the summer months or limited to a standard BBQ – we’re now seeing more and more sophisticated outdoor setups extending to sinks, benches, and multi-functional cooking appliances. We’re seeing outdoor kitchens.

The impact of the global pandemic has resulted in a new appreciation for our homes and specifically, cooking restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of our homes, whatever the time of year.

So, how do you create the perfect outdoor kitchen? Ultimately it depends on exactly how you intend to use the space and how much space you have to work with. But whether you’re dreaming of the perfect flame-grilled meats on an Escea cooking fire, or a more modest BBQ there are a few things your outdoor kitchen can’t do without.

Just like an indoor kitchen with just a freestanding oven wouldn’t qualify as a ‘kitchen’ – it needs to be functional, with storage and benches.

The experts at Love Kitchens have put together a list of outdoor kitchen must-haves and nice-to-haves.

– Cooking appliance ie outdoor grill, bbq or smoker
– Prep space or benchtop
– Sink & tap with hot water
– Rubbish bin
– Storage for outdoor utensils, cookware and cleaning accessories
– Functional lighting
– Fuel storage (ie wood, coal or gas)

– Dining table & chairs
– Shelter
– Fridge or built-in ice bucket/drinks cooler
– Supplementary heating ie radiant heaters
– Fresh herb garden or pots
– Speakers

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