Firing up an outside Bar-B-Que is the best way to announce that you are glad summer is finally here; perhaps you are thinking about building an outdoor kitchen and installing a natural gas BBQ grill so that you can easily host guests and family on those warm and sunny afternoons. Everyone wants the freedom from the heat of the indoor kitchen as they enjoy the breeze outside. Outdoor living today comes in all shapes and sizes; whether you are thinking about the small charcoal grill or a full out culinary experience with a full-time catering crew, there is always something available to fit your yard size, budget, and legal local requirements. You want to make sure that you avoid these common mistakes made by most homeowners:
The wrong grill for your needs: You need to think about how much money you can afford comfortably, the type of cooking you intend to do as well as the size of BBQ grill that will fit in the space that you have when you are shopping for a gas grill. You don’t want to buy an expensive grill that you can hardly afford and have to pay in installments or you have to completely tear down or retrofit your entire outdoor kitchen so that it can fit. If you are planning to build a new outdoor kitchen, you need to determine before you start shopping what amount of space you have for the entire kitchen set up and the grill; for countertop retrofitting, you could get limited by the BBQ grill’s footprint when doing replacements.
Local permit requirements and codes: If you have built a new outdoor kitchen and you are going to be installing a new gas line for your grill, you may be required to acquire a permit from your local government. Failure to acquire such permits could lead to fines and you don’t want to waste your money paying fines. The permits are required by local governments because there will be inspections that will ensure that your project is in compliance with your local building codes. Any project that fails to meet the required threshold can be potentially hazardous to your family, your property and neighbors in addition to the environment especially when you are dealing with anything that can easily explode.
DIY gas connections: Apart from the permit and code restrictions in relation to your outdoor kitchen and gas grill installation, there are chances that you gas company will prefer that you call them so they can turn the gas off and back on unless you are dealing with a real emergency. If you are constructing a new gas line from your house to the outdoor kitchen where the new grills has been installed, the gas may need to be turned off in the entire house. Gas connections need a number of specialized tools, valves, pipes and other supplies; you need a licensed plumber for the work.
About the author: This article is penned by Lora Davis for San Diego BBQ, a company that offers a wide range of BBQ services and new grills from all of the leading American brands.