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Outdoor Kitchens and BBQ Islands Earn Their Keep

Bethany Willems

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Outdoor kitchens are greater than the sum of their parts, and the better those components are, the better your outdoor kitchen will be. From the stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets to the stone or ceramic tile counter tops to the Cal Flame grill or the Fire Magic BBQ island, the key is quality industrial design. Today’s outdoor kitchen equipment manufacturers have united extreme comfort high-level technology, and the merchandisers have streamlined the purchasing and shipping process. The effect: better outdoor kitchens for less money and less bother. You don’t have to compromise anymore.

It wasn’t that long ago those outdoor kitchens were solely the landscaping prize of the wealthy. Not anymore. These days mid-level income homeowners and renters alike are joining in the outdoor kitchen trend, whether they are simply upgrading their old stand-up grills into more legit BBQ islands, or going whole hog on complete outdoor kitchens.

The perfect outdoor cooking area is composed of multiple interconnected appliances, each one operating simultaneously independently and in unison to create a great cooking experience. People who own their own homes, people who rent, people who would call themselves foodies, backyard meat grillers and bonifide chefs all agree, a well-put-together outdoor kitchen brings out your culinary genius and makes all your events more fun.

The sheer quality of the various outdoor kitchen units has left models manufactured even in recent history in the dust. The BBQ grills are intelligent and intuitive, and help the cook to cook. The outdoor kitchen cabinets and sinks are damage resistant and built to last. Even the extra bells and whistles are cleverly designed to maximize enjoyment and minimize hassle.

Contemporary outdoor cooking units are green. They burn cleaner and/or required less energy to operate than older models do, and without sacrificing performance. They are smarter appliances for today’s smarter outdoor cook. And every cook should be an outdoor cook. Food tastes better outside, and the cooking is easier and more fun. Even the clean-up is easier.

On many levels, modern outdoor kitchen components are adding value to the homes where they are installed, from the property value to the value of quality time with loved ones. They are products of superior design, and they are hot, hot, hot.

Access to these items has never been so easy. Sales are up and costs are down because the Internet allows for a complete shopping, purchasing, delivery and installation experience without the meddling middle man or even the inconvenience of traffic. Hence the outdoor kitchen trend, which has got cargo ships filled with BBQ islands and deluxe grills headed to all ports.

It’s a new world, and the cook is no longer locked in the kitchen, away from his or her guests. And there is more space for more guests out on the patio, veranda or deck, in the yard, garden or landscape, guests who are free to interact with the cook while he or she works his or her magic, even to jump in and help out without leaving the party behind. Outdoor kitchens ARE where the party is.

An outdoor kitchen, even a low-end BBQ island , is an investment that earns its keep.


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