Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to any home. Much more than just a nice grill, outdoor kitchens can include several other appliances and amenities to make backyard cooking and entertaining during the warm-weather months a lot more convenient and fun. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is sure to add value to your home.
Outdoor Appliances vs. Indoor Appliances
There’s more to creating an outdoor kitchen than setting up standard indoor appliances in your backyard. You should buy appliances specifically designed for outdoor use. For example, your kitchen may include:
- A grill: Every outdoor kitchen should start with a stainless steel grill. Charcoal and gas grills should only be used outdoors and away from your home’s windows where smoke, fumes, and carbon monoxide can dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere.
- A refrigerator: Outdoor refrigerators are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during those hot, humid summer days. In addition, they have waterproof electronics and a rust-resistant exterior to provide safe, durable operation in wet conditions.
- A dishwasher: Outdoor dishwashers can be extremely convenient. If you install a dishwasher as part of your outdoor kitchen, it must be specifically designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions. A stainless steel interior and exterior and weatherproof electronics are a necessity.
- A beer dispenser: While maybe not a “must have” outdoor beer dispensers are a great convenience for large gatherings. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.
Preparing Your Appliances for Winter
Just because you’ve purchased appliances that are designed for outdoor use doesn’t mean they’re impervious to weather—especially during winter months. It’s important that you take steps to winterize your outdoor appliances so they’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around.
Here are 4 tips to help you keep your outdoor appliances safe from the elements this winter:
1. Clean your grill thoroughly after using it for the last time of the season. Disconnect the propane tank if there is one and store it in a cool place in your garage or basement. Use a high-quality grill cover to protect the grill from snow and ice and make sure it’s well attached so it won’t blow away in strong winds.
2. To winterize the outdoor refrigerator, turn off the appliance and unplug it. Clean the inside thoroughly with soap and water. Protect the exterior by applying a coat of stainless steel finish. Avoid using an outside refrigerator cover because they tend to trap moisture inside the refrigerator, which could lead to mold and mildew growth.
3. To winterize the outdoor dishwasher, drain the water lines leading to it. This will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Then, apply a coat of stainless steel finish to protect the exterior. Again, no cover is needed.
4. The beer dispenser is portable so there’s no need to winterize it. Just clean it according to the manufacturers’ instructions and store inside your home or garage.
Whether you’re preparing for your first winter with a new outdoor kitchen, or you’ve had outdoor kitchen appliances for years, these tips can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements. If you’re looking to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. They have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining.
Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.