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Backyard Ideas – Grill Islands

Have you been considering an outdoor kitchen, but don’t want to use all your backyard space for a kitchen?  A great alternative is a grill island.  Grill islands come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials.  You can save money and time by installing an outdoor grill-island instead of a full-blown outdoor kitchen.

The various island shapes you can choose from include:  L-shaped, U-shaped, circular, and long or short rectangle shaped.  They also come in a variety of design themes such as tropical, modern or rustic.  You can choose from materials like stone, brick, limestone, and granite.

You will need to select from the variety of built-in grills on the market.  The key to selecting a good grill is making sure you get the highest BTUs.  There are many options available such as the hybrid grill which allows you to cook with gas, propane, wood and charcoal.  There are also grills that come with additional features such as rotisseries, warmers, and infrared heating.

Considering that grill islands are only counter height, there are only two types of refrigerators that will fit in it.  You can use a mini-fridge or a refrigerator drawer.  Be sure you get a mini-frig with an ice maker or if you go with the drawers, you can get an ice-maker drawer as well.

These will be the major decisions you’ll need to make about installing a backyard grill island.  To make your outdoor experience better and more convenient, focus on the grill and the refrigerator.  Be sure you select a grill that can cook your food correctly.  Also, be sure to consider what you will be putting in your refrigerator to ensure you choose the option that will fit what you need.  There’s nothing worse than having to run inside for every little thing you need because you don’t have it at your fingertips.

There are many other options that you can elect to add to your grill island such as, whether to add a roof over it, add a television or stereo system, etc.  Grill islands are great alternatives to building an outdoor kitchen.  They come as small or as big as you need and are pretty much ready to go.  If you decide you’re not going to put a roof on your island, be sure to select a material that can withstand the elements.

You can be as creative as you like with your grill island:  The possibilities are endless.


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