Outdoor Kitchen

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  1. 9anda1f

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    We're to the point of "harvest abundance" overwhelming our smallish galley kitchen ... both in sheer quantity and preservation processing space. The solution seems to be an outdoor kitchen area for all the boiling, drying, cleaning, sorting, and processing activities ... plus a place to prepare summer meals (keeping us from adding heat inside the house).
    Who has an outdoor kitchen? Would love to see some pics or get a description of what you have and how it's working for you as inspiration for ours.
     
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    Great idea!
    I dont have one yet, its been on my to-do list for a while now. Eventually I will get it done.
    My plan hasnt changed all that much since I worked out what I wanted. It probably will as I get to creating my master piece.

    Next to the water tank will be a benchtop with a sink. The tap for this is in the attic- a marine pump action tap that will draw cold water from the tank.
    On the far sideof this away from the water tank is where the pizza oven is going.

    Turn the corner, so to speak, to form a wall between the courtyard and the parking area, is where the fireplace/BBQ is going. THIS hs been changing as to what exactly is going to happen here, but the general idea is a wood fuelled cooking area.

    Slap dab in the middle of all of this is going to be my clothes line sneakily disguised as an umbrella with a permanent small square table built around it. This is going to be built so that it has attachments so extensions can be clicked on for when a longer dinner table is needed to cater for the family or as a work bench.

    I too would love to see what others are using and how they would change or improve things.
     
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    I like your umbrella/clothesline idea! Will the clothes hang under the umbrella, making it a covered clothesline?
     
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    Yes.
    I have pinch this idea from someone else.
    They had permanent metaland wood slat bench seats set around the table, so I'm not too sure they actually used the clothes line to hang their clothes on.I only visited a couple of times and never thought to ask them about it at the time.

    Ages ago I came across a website that was about some Asian country where they did their cooking outside.
    Unfortunately, I cant remember which one or much about it now, but it might be worth looking into seeing as it was how they traditionally did things. It might have been when I was first trying to learn about Kimchi, so that would be Korea.
     
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    We are looking at adding an outdoor kitchen that will be used for washing veggies, preparing and cooking outside in summer, as well as using the sink for cleaning fresh fish caught in our bay.

    We have looked at buying flat pack cabinet carcasses and adding a custom reclaimed wood bench top and doors.
     
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    Thank you Thomas for the link and photos. I love the cob work and hanging grill!
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    Allyann, that's exactly what we're looking for .. a place to process the garden and orchard produce. Fresh caught fish would be exquisite (but difficult here in the semi-desert).
    Will your kitchen be covered? I've some old wooden cabinets we could use and we'll be on the lookout for reclaimed wood as a countertop (thanks for the tip!).
     
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    Yes, we have an area under roof line where our BBQ already sits. My hubby is an ex builder but not a cabinet maker. He has however made a bench for our laundry and finished off our decking using a Kreg tool (like those annoying join-a-jig ads on tv), so it has made us more adventurous, especially using reclaimed wood.
     
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    planning to add an outdoor kitchen here for this coming Christmas season where in we can cook fresh fish cause were on the river side
     
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    Hi geekyice and welcome,
    Look forward to seeing pics of your outdoor kitchen build. Where are you located? Helps to put your posts in context. Thx.
     
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    gandla1f , what have you decided to do for your out door kitchen?
    I lovre the pics you posted but dont really understand the reason behind the cut down oven racks just above the fire.
     
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    Mischief, those pics are from Thomas' website ... not sure of the purpose for the racks.

    Haven't made much progress with the kitchen as we suddenly entered winter with snow and near zero F temperatures. I have received input from my SO that it will need to include some sort of bread oven to keep heat out of the house during summer. As we have no access to clay, it appears there will be some masonry work in my future! ;)
     
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    um... that sounded ominous... suddenly entered winter.
    Did yu wake up one day and ....OMG! we're three feet under?

    Good things take time.
    I'm getting closer to mine, This year its pave the courtyard and hopefully my son in law will help me make the pizza oven over his Chrsitmas break.
     

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