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Eco-Friendly Outdoor Cabinet Material

eco-friendly outdoor cabinet material This post was originally published on June21,2018 and updated on June 12, 2020.

Consumers continue to talk – and worry – about the environment – even in their own backyards. The depletion of natural resources and cost to the environment are front and center in many people’s minds, driving some to explore using green products when designing their outdoor cooking and entertainment spaces. An eco-friendly outdoor kitchen design means making important decisions and the materials chosen for the cabinetry top the list.

Cabinetry Materials for the Outdoor Space

Among the options available for outdoor cabinetry materials are a variety of wood species, including cypress, ipe, teak, bamboo and others, as well as polymers, high density polyethylene (HDPE) and stainless steel. Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens are manufactured from the latter and are compatible with many appliances. Stainless steel is an often overlooked sustainable and recyclable material known for a variety of traits including:

  • low maintenance costs
  • long life
  • 100% recyclability
  • fire and corrosion resistance
  • product safety
  • minimal emissions

Related – Benefits of Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

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Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Finish

When you choose to powder coat your Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchen and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens cabinet doors, you are also making an environmentally-friendly choice. Our colors and wood grains are applied to the stainless steel using a powder coat paint finishing process, which is safe for the environment and for the people who work with it. More durable than paint, this solvent-free technology:

  • does not contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • reduces finishing line emissions
  • produces far less harmful waste by-product
  • complies with environmental regulations
  • does not generate airborne pollutants
  • does not pose a significant health risk
  • easy to dispose of since it does not contain hazardous materials

The Best Cabinet Material

Danver/Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens continues to appeal to a variety of lifestyles. Our use of stainless steel coupled with powder coat painting is part of our sustainable manufacturing practices that minimize negative environmental effects. By doing so, we hope our cabinetry for the outdoor space appeals to potential homeowners and tenants who are looking for environmentally friendly products.

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CEU Courses for Outdoor Kitchen Design Help Architects & Designers Expertly Guide Homeowners

As homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, the popularity of outdoor kitchens is on the rise says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D. Hon. AIA. Kitchens have become a hub for the home, and homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.

That was last year’s news. Since then, homeowners have been working with architects and designers more and more to bring these outdoor living spaces to fruition. And, within those spaces, they want well-equipped entertainment areas including outdoor kitchens that offer more than a stand-alone grill.

To ensure you are the expert your clients expect, there are accredited courses available for outdoor kitchen design. For many professional architects, engineers and interior designers, continuing your education to earn CEU credit is a requirement to renew and maintain a license. For others, taking these courses is a core component of career success. Luckily, there are a variety of formats available to access CEU classes. These include webinars, podcasts, websites, presentations, conferences and Lunch ‘N’ Learns. Some are free, some may be discounted.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers two design CEU courses available on the AECDaily website – Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry and Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial and Multi-Family Applications.

The non-brand specific courses address various types of cabinetry available with a focus on stainless steel, kitchen components and outdoor kitchen design principles and considerations. Both continued education courses are accredited by a number of organizations including the AIA, IDCEC, ASID, ASLA, NKBA among others.

Since selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs – including budget, landscape, and climate concerns – can be challenging, Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry explores the design of safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas for residential environments. It presents the various types of cabinetry solutions that are available, with a focus on stainless steel as a positive alternative. Included is a synopsis of outdoor kitchen sustainable design principles and considerations, as well an overview of cooking appliances and available design elements.

The second course, Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial and Multi-Family Applications reviews the trends in outdoor amenity spaces in hospitality, commercial and multifamily developments with a focus on the use of stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen design. Included are discussions on outdoor kitchen components, mobile food and beverage service carts and the post and panel system (PPS) developed for multifamily applications.

Prefer a face-to-face of the above professional development program? Email us at for a Lunch ‘N’ Learn. We’re here to help!

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Does Stainless Steel Rust & What Does it Mean for Your Outdoor Kitchen?

Can stainless steel rust? This is a common question asked by many.

Myth: Stainless steel does not rust.

Myth Busted: Unfortunately, stainless steel is susceptible to rusting.

Here is a little background to help you understand why this myth has created confusion for the metals world.

First, let’s take a look at the difference between active and passive metals. Metals such as iron and steel easily corrode – showing yellow or orange rust – within the natural environment and are called active metals.

The two grades of stainless steel most referenced in relation to outdoor environments are 304 and 316L, also known as marine-grade stainless steel. Their numbers are determined by their alloy composition. Unlike the active metals mentioned above, stainless steel is referred to as passive because it contains other metals including chromium. For a material to be considered stainless steel, at least 10.5% of the make-up must be chromium. Additional alloys typically include nickel, titanium, aluminum, copper, nitrogen, phosphorous, selenium and molybdenum. The key difference between the 304 and the 316L is the addition of molybdenum in the 316L. It is the molybdenum that enhances corrosion resistance in environments rich in salt air and chloride – giving 316L the moniker of “marine grade” stainless steel.

Related –  304 VS 316 Stainless Steel: What’s the Difference?

It is also important to note that stainless steel is not stain proof; it is stain less. As such, regardless of whether you use 304 or 316L exposed stainless-steel cabinetry and appliances requires maintenance. The addition of molybdenum (in marine grade stainless steel) only delays corrosion, it does not stop it.

The chromium contained within stainless steel creates an invisible passive film covering the steel surface and shielding against corrosion. As long as the invisible film – or passive layer – remains intact, the metal remains stain-less and corrosion resistant.
However, three things can break down this film:

  1. Mechanical abrasion – steel pads, wire brushes and scrapers will scratch the steel surface.
  2. Water – depending on where you live, your water can be hard or soft. Hard water may leave spots and, when heated, leave deposits behind. These can break down the passive layer leaving the stainless steel to rust. Be sure to remove deposits from food preparation and service.
  3. Chlorides – are found everywhere including in water, food and table salt. Household and industrial cleaners contain some of the worst chlorides!

There are many types of corrosion that affect stainless steel metals. Corrosion mechanisms fall into five different categories; pitting corrosion, crevice corrosion, galvanic corrosion, stress-corrosion Cracking, and general corrosion.

  • Pitting corrosion happens to stainless steel when it is exposed to environments that contain chlorides.
  • Crevice corrosion is triggered when oxygen levels are low in a crevice.
  • Galvanic corrosion happens when dissimilar metals come into contact with another.
  • Stress corrosion cracking is when tensile stresses combine with environmental conditions.
  • General corrosion happens when the stainless steels pH is less than 1.

So, can stainless steel rust?

The answer: Yes, how quickly is determined by the type of stainless steel the outdoor appliances and cabinets are made of.

By keeping the surfaces free from food and other debris, following these stainless steel cleaning tips for outdoor kitchen cabinets will help maintain your cabinets integrity and reduce the risk of rust and corrosion:

  • Use only alkaline, alkaline-chlorinated or non-chloride cleaners
  • Avoid hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) on your stainless steel
  • Always use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft cloth or plastic scouring pad
  • Avoid steel pads, wire brushes and scrapers
  • Always clean in the direction of the polishing marks by locating the lines or grain and scrub in a motion parallel to them
  • If you do end up using a chlorinated cleaner, be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry it, immediately
  • Air dry your equipment

Remember, our stainless steel products and equipment is not stain-proof, it is stain-less.

Add Powder Coating to Stainless Steel

We recommend powder coating your cabinets, regardless of the grade of stainless you choose, as it offers an additional protective layer. Coating adds many benefits that help to protect your investment from the outdoor environment.

Related – Benefits of Powder Coating Outdoor Kitchens

For any additional questions or advice on a stainless steel outdoor kitchen project, reach out to our in-house design team at 203-626-5625!


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Tips for Outdoor Grilling Year-Round

Tips for Outdoor Grilling Year-Round
Just because the weather is colder, it doesn’t mean you have to stop cooking outside. In fact, cooking outdoors in the chilly season can be fun for you and enjoyable for your family and guests. Here are some winter outdoor cooking tips that will allow you to make the best use of your outdoor kitchen all year long.

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Choose A Perfect Location

We recommend using a gas grill for winter cooking because it requires less prep. It is important to think about all seasons while you are deciding on your outdoor kitchen layout. Especially during the winter you will want your outdoor kitchen to be in a location that is protected from the elements (wind, rain, snow etc.).

In addition, make sure to be mindful of awnings, decks, and anything that could be a fire hazard. If you have an indoor/outdoor room (California room), a BBQ hood to ventilate the space is critical. You may also want to invest in some outdoor heaters so that you and your guests can mingle outside while the food is cooking. (While we don’t recommend grilling in the snow, an outdoor kitchen can be enjoyed year round in more temperate climates such as California, Texas, and Florida. Your guests will most likely appreciate the outdoor heaters.)

Related – Outdoor Kitchens on Decks: What You Need to Know

Plan Ahead

You may also need to allow a few more minutes for your grill to heat up during the winter. When it’s frigid outside, your grill will be starting out colder than usual. For winter grilling, it’s important to remember that each component of your barbecue is cold and parts could be frozen solid. Additionally, you may want to start warming the grill slower than you would during the warmer season. Proper heating of your grill will also prevent foods from sticking to the rack. Our outdoor grill hoods are perfect for year round use and provide a sleek appearance for your outdoor kitchen.

Keep the Lid Closed on Your Grill

During the winter use a timer and keep the lid to your grill closed as much as possible. Opening the lid to check on your food will extend the cooking time as the grill loses heat quickly when it is open. By using a timer and only checking on your food when necessary you can keep the grill hot and your cooking time down.

Use Ceramics

Ceramic cookware is great for heat retention. It will keep your food insulated and at the right temperature. Ceramics are also useful for transporting food from your house to the grill or back inside after you’re done cooking without losing temperature.


For outdoor winter cooking, consider recipes that are simple and easy to make so that you can minimize your time outside in the cold. In addition, take the time to prepare all of your vegetables and meats before you bring them outside to grill to further decrease your time spent outside.

Regardless of the season, the stainless steel outdoor cabinetry from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is designed for year-round use and is made to withstand harsh weather with our powder coat finishes. Especially if you live in areas which snow, make sure to winterize your outdoor kitchen with our tips. This will ensure your outdoor kitchen will last season after season. This allows our outdoor kitchens to maintain their quality and aesthetic for years to come.

Updated May 15, 2020.

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How To Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Winterize Your Outdoor KitchenThis post was originally published on Nov. 13, 2017 and updated on July 7, 2020 to reflect the most recent information.

Winter is coming, and it’s vital that you prepare your stainless steel outdoor kitchen for the cold weather to come. There are several steps you can take to prep for the cold season including shutting off water and power lines, cleaning out outdoor appliances, and clearing your pipes. Keep reading for tips on how to winterize your outdoor kitchen!

Clean Out Your Refrigerator

Most outdoor refrigerators don’t need to be moved indoors for the winter, but they do need to be turned off. Be sure to switch off the power before the temperature outside drops and empty out all refrigerated cabinets. Thoroughly clean the inside and external surfaces with a stainless steel cleaner. In addition, if your fridge is powder coated, using a non-abrasive cleaner will work well.

Remove the front plate and clean behind it with a vacuum in order to remove any dirt or debris. Empty the storage bin on your ice maker, clean it out, and make sure the drain valve is closed.

Shut Off Water Lines & Clear Your Pipes

Any water remaining in the pipes and plumbing of your outdoor kitchen can be tough to handle if it isn’t managed properly ahead of time. When temperatures drop outside, the water in the pipes can freeze, causing the pipes to burst. This can be an expensive and exhausting job to correct and can lead to flooding, making your outdoor living space temporarily unusable.

In order to clear your pipes, all water should be shut off at the valve. Once it is shut off, you can begin draining the lines. Make sure you do not neglect water supply lines connected to refrigerators, ice makers, dishwashers, and sinks. All water should be drained from the supply lines and faucets before winter arrives.

Winterize Your Grill or Cooker

Covering a grill during the winter will allow it to heat up easier if you do any outdoor cooking during the colder months. Additionally, it will help keep the grill clean and dry.

We also recommend a thorough cleaning of your outdoor grill after every summer season in order to keep it in its best condition. Clean the exterior with a citrus-based degreaser followed by stainless steel polish.

Remove all cooking grates, warming racks, and grilling drawers and use a brass brush to clean the tops of the burners. If your grill won’t be used during the winter, be sure to turn off the gas supply. If you have an outdoor pizza oven, empty the crumb tray located at the bottom.

Cabinets & Countertops

During the winter, the stainless steel outdoor cabinets and outdoor countertops will do better with a polish before the freezing temperatures set in. Our cabinets are designed for durability and functionality while providing clean, dry storage throughout the winter months. Just be sure to remove all liquids from the cabinets and drawers so that they don’t freeze. It’s also a good time to clean out the stainless steel cabinets before winter arrives and throw out anything that is expired or no longer needed.

Related – Outdoor Kitchen Cleaning & Maintenance

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens we use powder coat finishes to provide an additional protection to your outdoor kitchens in the backyard, patio, or rooftop to help them withstand extreme weather.

Related – Benefits of Powder Coating Outdoor Kitchens

Our drawers and cabinets are made from durable stainless steel that will get you through any season for years to come. Ready to transform the outdoor space? We help move the indoor kitchen to the outdoor living space.

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Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Ideas

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This post was originally published on November 7, 2017 and updated on March 1, 2021 to reflect the most recent information.
Selecting the components of your new outdoor kitchen is an exciting task, but it can easily become overwhelming. From appliances to exterior cabinetry finishes to roof coverings and more, there is a lot to coordinate. But when it comes to choosing countertops for outdoor kitchens, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top countertop option ideas to give you inspiration for your new outdoor kitchen design.

Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Ideas

Outdoor Countertop Materials

Granite, soapstone, concrete, and tile are typically the most popular materials for outdoor countertops. Each outdoor kitchen or outdoor bar countertop material has its own specific look and benefits, but all countertop options require some level of maintenance. Most outdoor countertops will need periodic sealing. This is a good thing to do on a regular basis, but will not ensure that your outdoor countertops are completely protected against outdoor elements and environmental effects.

Countertop Options for an Outdoor Kitchen

1. Concrete Countertop

Concrete countertops are durable and able to withstand the elements but must be installed correctly to avoid cracking. They tend to fade over time.
Installation: Concrete is prone to breaking and cracking. It’s best to hire a professional who’s knowledgeable in handling and installing concrete.

2. Quartz Countertop

The colors on a quartz outdoor kitchen countertop can fade after long exposure to direct sunlight.
Installation: Consult a landscape engineer or designer. They can assess and give the best available options.

3. Stone Countertop

There are many types of stone countertops. For example, outdoor granite countertops are well known to be durable but tend to be expensive and therefore, may not be feasible for many. Additionally, granite needs to be sealed to prevent weathering.
Installation: Sealing your stone may seem unnecessary but an extra layer for durability is highly recommended.

4. Tile Countertop

Tile is a good choice for style, but this type of outdoor kitchen countertop material is highly susceptible to cracking which will lead to an additional cost to replace them. It can also be challenging to find the exact match if they need to be replaced.
Installation: Talk to your contractor or landscape designer to discuss proper maintenance as this largely depends on the type of climate you live in.

The Best Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Option

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, we recommend Dekton® by Cosentino® for all outdoor kitchen countertops. This new and innovative outdoor kitchen countertop material is a combination of quartz, porcelain and glass formulated into an ultra-compact countertop surface that is non-porous, UV-resistant for color stability in the sunshine, durable, virtually indestructible and impervious to staining. Dekton® is also resistant to frost and thermal shock against heat, allowing it to be used in any outdoor living space and climate. Additionally, these countertops are easy to clean, resistant to scratching, which keeps them looking sleek and allows them to last for a long time.

Dekton® outdoor kitchen countertops come in a wide range of colors and finishes that pair perfectly with the stainless steel cabinets we offer at Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. There are countless options you can choose for creating an optimal and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen space in the backyard. The countertops include the following finishes:

  • Ananke: A deep, black simulation of grained wood, inspired by natural wood.
  • Ariane: A pure white material with a solid finish.
  • Danae: Light beige in color with peach undertones.
  • Domoos: A smooth, solid black countertop man-made from recycled glass and porcelain.
  • Kadum: A smooth, dark brown eco-friendly material with an industrial look similar to metal.
  • Keranium: Similar to Kadum with an industrial finish, but dark green in color.
  • Sirius: A dark matte finish that is sleek, classic, and very durable.
  • Sirocco: Made from a blend of the raw materials and has a grey matte finish, mimicking the look of concrete.
  • Strato: A natural stone composite that is a light brown or taupe color.
  • Zenith: Light in color and very durable with a solid finish.

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Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen Countertop Color Schemes & Combinations

When choosing your kitchen countertop, you’ll want to think of your greater aesthetic and “vibe” you’re going for with your outdoor setting and kitchen. Since your countertops are one of the most widespread and visible elements of your outdoor kitchen, choosing one color or pattern over another can set a definitive tone for the style of your outdoor space.

For example, a white countertop (like Zenith by Dekton®) creates a sleek and modern look to your outdoor kitchen design, ideal for pristine, green, and impressively landscaped backyards. White countertops plus the cool aesthetic of stainless steel cabinets create the most classic outdoor kitchen picture.

Another classic finish for outdoor kitchens is the traditional granite countertop. From cool white to neutral browns, there are numerous options for granite. Or go for an edgy, modern look by choosing a Sirius by Dekton® countertop, paired with traditional stainless steel cabinets.

Perhaps you want to create a rustic look. Consider pairing a deep brown countertop (like Keranium by Dekton®) with our innovative, realistic wood grain powder coat finishes. Your outdoor kitchen will look like it was constructed from nature’s elements!
Visit the Dekton® website for the latest countertop colors.

And when it comes to choosing the outdoor countertop material, there’s no rule that says you have to use just one. Contrasting countertops are becoming increasingly popular. One idea we like is choosing a unique tile for your outdoor kitchen backsplash to contrast against your actual counters. Another favorite option here is choosing different materials for your kitchen countertops (say in an L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen) and your kitchen island.

Contrasting your outdoor kitchen counter material creates an extra level of intentional character and sophistication, and is sure you make your outdoor kitchen stand out. Just remember to be mindful of the durability of the materials, how much counter space you expect to need for food prep, and which color or finish best compliments your outdoor entertaining area. The possibilities are endless and Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens will help you through the process of curating an outdoor kitchen that is ideal for you. Call 203-626-5625 to learn more! We help transform the outdoor space.


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Outdoor Amenities For Your Backyard Entertainment Center

This post was originally posted Oct. 11, 2017 and updated May 15, 2020.
Backyard entertainment setups used to consist of only a barbecue and a picnic table, but homeowners have recently started to create innovative outdoor spaces that rival the indoors of their homes. Outdoor entertainment areas are becoming more luxurious and functional with all-weather seating, innovative lighting, firepits, televisions, pizza ovens, and more.

Is your outdoor entertainment center missing something? Consider these outdoor amenities to spruce up your backyard entertainment area. The more outdoor activities you have in the home, the more fun you will have in the backyard or patio.

Fire Pit

Fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, and patio heaters are all great for warming up at night in an outdoor living space. However, simple patio heaters lack the warm glow of a real flame created by a fire pit or fireplace. A fire will encourage your guests to gather around once the sun has gone down.

TV or Projector

Retractable TVs or projectors are ideal for those who want to combine their love of the outdoors with their love of watching sports or movies.

Pizza Oven

Pizza ovens are a unique way to feed and entertain your guests outdoors that goes beyond a traditional barbecue or cookout. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers pizza oven cabinets large enough to accommodate pizza ovens 400 pounds or heavier and up to 36 inches in width. Our pizza oven cabinet box has adjustable legs and pre-made access holes for plumbing or electrical hookups with removable covers.

Comfortable Seating

Comfortable outdoor seating is a staple for any outdoor entertainment center. You and your guests will get the most out of your experience with the right seating options. Weatherproof chairs and couches are great for accommodating backyard parties, kids, rain, and spilled food or drinks. Comfortable seating is a must-have for your outdoor entertainment space. All outdoor furniture should be weather-resistant, durable, and stain-resistant.

Outdoor Refrigeration / Bar Stations

Having cool beverages available for your guests is an essential part of entertaining outdoors. A bartending station or outdoor refrigerator will provide easy access for your guests and allow you to stay outdoors while you host your backyard party. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens designs bartending and cocktail station base cabinets in a variety of sizes and styles. The base cabinets are available with two doors and several shelving options. In addition, an outdoor kitchen with fridge will bring your party outdoors and keep guests hydrated and happy.

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Hot Tub

A hot tub is a great addition to any backyard entertainment area, as it adds a luxurious water option without the required space and maintenance of a pool. A strategically placed hot tub or jacuzzi will add relaxation and luxury to your outdoor space. When you choose where to install a hot tub, consider easy access to the house, privacy, and whether a shady or sunny area is best.

Outdoor Lighting

Create a special atmosphere in your backyard with lights. Get creative by mixing up the sizes and shapes of lights and candles, spreading them throughout your outdoor space. You may also consider adding lanterns or strings of holiday lights. Long-lasting LED bulbs are ideal for outdoor use. Bright LED lights are perfect for your grill area, creating a warm ambiance and enough light to do your cooking when the sun goes down.

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Additional Amenities for the Outdoor Living Area

You may have an outdoor pool, basketball court, and a tennis court on the rooftop of your building if you are living in an apartment community. With these amenities in your apartment complex, it is almost like a resort. You can have fun in the outdoor living area all year round, depending on your climate.

Related – Creating Your Dream Outdoor Living Room

With the right backyard amenities, your outdoor space will be ideal for hosting events and parties. Consider adding a firepit, outdoor television, pizza oven, weatherproof seating, refrigeration, a hot tub, or atmospheric lighting to your backyard living area to create an inviting space that is perfect for entertaining this summer. Contact the experts today about adding an outdoor kitchen to your home.

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Updated May 15, 2020.

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Benefits of Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to choosing outdoor cabinets material for your new outdoor kitchen, there’s no better choice than stainless steel. More than just a sleek finish, stainless steel provides a host of other benefits that make it a top choice for outdoor cabinets material. Here are the top benefits of stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets.

– Multiple Finish Options
– Supreme Durability
– Easy to Clean and Maintain
– Versatility
– Eco-friendly and Lasting Impact

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Multiple Finish Options

In addition to the supreme durability, stainless steel offers numerous aesthetic options to add, including the popular and flexible powder coat finish. Powder coat finishes are applied to cabinet doors eliminating direct exposure of the stainless steel to the environment.

There are hundreds of options when it comes to customizing the look of stainless steel outdoor cabinets, from realistic wood grain powder coat finishes to textured metals to bright colors. In addition, cabinet door styles include frosted glass with a color panel behind as well as textured inserts to add a unique design element to the traditional stainless steel look. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens also offers exclusive colors to match the Brown Jordan furniture, so your entire outdoor area will look seamless.

Supreme Durability

Since your outdoor kitchen is located in the elements of nature, it’s imperative to choose outdoor kitchen cabinet materials that are durable and able to withstand wear and tear from weather, cooking, everyday use and more. Stainless steel is an ideal choice when it comes to durability of outdoor kitchens. It is more rust resistant than other metal outdoor cabinets and doesn’t warp like wood.

All stainless steels have a high resistance to corrosion – low alloyed grades “resist corrosion in atmospheric conditions; highly alloyed grades can resist corrosion in most acids, alkaline solutions, and chloride bearing environments, even at elevated temperatures and pressures” (ASSDA). So even if you live in a coastal area or a high-humidity climate, stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets will stand up to the challenge.

Easy to Clean and Maintain

Aside from being a spectacular entertaining space and an excellent addition to any home, another one of the draws on installing an outdoor kitchen is the relatively low required maintenance. Although you will still have to do maintenance cleanings as stainless steel is known to capture fingerprints, you won’t have to spend hours cleaning and wiping down your kitchen after each outdoor cooking session.

Related: Does Stainless Steel Rust and What Does it Mean for Your Outdoor Kitchen?

It is recommended to use a stainless steel cleaner on your cabinets to ensure optimal shine and protection. Wiping down cabinets also helps to slow the corrosion process, especially if you live on the coast. Powder coat finishes add additional protection and further reduce maintenance. However, we recommend using a simple 1:1 filtered water and mild soap solution to clean and maintain powder coat finishes.

Furthermore, stainless steel is not only relatively low maintenance but it also keeps the germs at bay. This is part of the reason it’s the top choice in hospitals, kitchens, food and pharmaceutical processing facilities, and more. This is because stainless steel is “non-porous,” which means it resists lingering germs and bacteria better than wood or plastic surfaces.

For more information about outdoor kitchen cleaning and maintenance, visit our blog post.


If you decide later that you want to change the look of your outdoor living area, simples choose a different door style and/or finish. Whether you are transitioning to a beachy look or more modern look for your outdoor living space, your stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets will be the perfect complement. Because of the traditional yet modern look of stainless steel, it is an adaptable material to accompany any design changes you want to make as your outdoor living space evolves.

Stainless steel cabinets also make finding the right appliance or accessory easy, as most options are available with a stainless steel finish. Outdoor bar amenities such as ice drawers and sinks look great in stainless steel. A large stainless warming drawer is perfect for warming other foods while you grill. Stainless steel utensils, serving ware, stools, faucets, and other fixtures will complete the sleek look.

Eco-friendly and Lasting Impact.

Stainless steel is not just a durable and easy to clean with copious outdoor kitchen design options, it is also an environmentally-friendly choice. Stainless steel is entirely recyclable, and with its extreme strength, you won’t have to be redoing or replacing your cabinets often to keep them looking pristine.

This is good for your finances, and also good for the environment. Plus, the limited cleaning upkeep means less use of cleaning supplies, like potentially dangerous chemicals and paper towels, which has a sizeable environmental impact as well.

No matter which finish or design you choose for your stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets, you will end up with a classic look that will last you for years and years to come, and you can feel good about making a choice that’s good for the world around you, as well as your own wallet.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers the most options for outdoor cabinets and stainless steel storage in the industry. Our frameless, European-designed cabinets are constructed with commercial-grade stainless steel. The interior of the cabinets conceals any screws or hardware, creating a polished finish.

The unique easy-alignment design of our stainless steel cabinetry allows them to be installed quicker and more efficiently than wood cabinetry. In addition, our cabinets come with pre-made holes for plumbing and electric for easy hookup. From outdoor wall cabinets to grill cabinets, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens has all of your stainless steel cabinet needs.

Related – Outdoor Kitchen Wall Ideas

When deciding on your outdoor kitchen countertops, we recommend Dekton® by Cosentino®. It is the best outdoor kitchen countertop material available. It comes in a wide range of colors and finishes and pairs amazingly well with our stainless steel kitchen cabinets. We also have eight stainless steel door styles for outdoor kitchens from which to choose.

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Covered Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

This post was originally posted on Oct. 7, 2017 and updated April 20, 2020.

Thinking about how you can take the features and amenities of your indoor kitchen to the outdoors? Transforming your backyard or patio into a luxury outdoor living space is easy with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. Having an outdoor kitchen expands your living space and is an investment that you’re proud of – and once you put all that hard work into building it, you’ll want to show the kitchen design off as much as possible. With seemingly endless features and amenities, you can enjoy an outdoor cooking and entertaining experience with family, friends, and guests that goes beyond just the summer months.

Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Some of the possible outdoor kitchen amenities include a seating area, grilling station, refrigerator, and more. One of the best ways to protect your investment in your outdoor kitchen – ensuring you can use it for many years through multiple seasons – is by installing a covering. A covering for your outdoor kitchen will provide shade from the elements while cooking, eating, and entertaining outdoors. Here are our favorite outdoor kitchen roof ideas to flaunt and protect your outdoor space.

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1. Canopies

While there are multiple covered outdoor kitchen ideas you can choose from, the easiest, most versatile, and least expensive to install is the canopy. Outdoor kitchen canopies can play a double role: they protect diners from the elements, and also can be used to accent the dining area space.

Canopies offer multiple styles and sizes to choose from. For example, a sturdy, sizeable metal canopy can double the size of your outdoor kitchen area and provide a permanence that lasts through areas with unpredictable climates. Or, you can choose a more trendier canopy with striking architectural features to define the room, like this fun example from Houzz.

2. Gazebos

Although often used interchangeably with “pergola,” gazebos are noticeably different in that they always have a round shape. The most traditional type of gazebo is in the form of an octagon with a domed roof that is supported by 8 symmetrical pillared columns. Gazebos are traditionally made of wood, but many manufacturers today build metal gazebos as well. Most metal gazebos are constructed from metal frames with metal roofs, and metal frames with canvas roofs, which take on a tented appearance.

3. Pergolas

Similar to a canopy but with an Italian look and feel, pergolas provide a sophisticated option for covered outdoor kitchen designs. A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained.

As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions. Wood is the classic material for pergolas. Aluminum pergolas are available as well, but they tend to be strongly minimal in design and fit best in a modern backyard or patio environment (unlike the Mediterranean look of the traditional wood).

Other Options

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If you’re looking for much more coverage and protection, or you’re not ready to fully commit to the exposed elements, there are many other options to give you the outdoor kitchen feel without committing to a fully outdoor room. For example, an enclosed or screened-in porch gives you an outdoor view of the backyard and scenery, but provides both a full-coverage and protection for your outdoor kitchen appliances.

A transition room is a great option if you want the comforts of the indoors, but with the outdoor environment feel. One thing to note with these transition rooms is that you will need to include ventilation for your outdoor kitchen. This element needs to be included in the building phase to ensure safety and comfort for you and your guests.

Things To Consider

Besides choosing which style covering you want to install over your stainless steel outdoor kitchen, there are a few other important things to consider.


One aspect you should consider is the electrical needs for your outdoor kitchen covering. A popular trend is to add lighting to not only enhance the design of your roof, but also to allow you to entertain guests in the evening. Or if you live in a hot climate, installing ceiling fans to keep the air moving away from your cooking appliances on summer days.

Additionally, you might consider wiring for a sound system or an outdoor television hookup. Keep in mind that the electricity will come from your house, so make sure you have space for for additional circuits in your panel box. There are many creative ways to cover or disguise wiring to keep your covered outdoor kitchen area looking sleek. And you can’t forget the plumbing. If you have a sink in your outdoor kitchen you will need to keep in mind where you will connect your sink to.

Rain and Snow

It’s important to remember that roofs collect rainwater that will naturally flow downhill. You’ll want to include some sort of guttering system with your outdoor kitchen covering to direct the water away from your house as well as your outdoor appliances.

Related – How To Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen

Benefits of Covered Outdoor Kitchens

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Although outdoor kitchens are functional for many reasons – added space, state of the art cooking facilities, ideal entertaining – spending time outdoors inherently has a few uncontrollable factors. Namely, the weather. Installing some sort of covering for your outdoor kitchen adds an immediate protection layer from the elements.

A well-placed canopy or enclosed porch can protect guests from an unexpected rain shower. A sturdy pergola can provide shade on those perfect, yet cloudless, sunny days and prevent sunburn and heat exhaustion. Outdoor kitchen coverings can also provide some shelter from high winds on especially breezy spring days.

Whether you choose a gazebo, a pergola or an enclosed porch, you can’t go wrong in selecting some sort of coverage for your new outdoor kitchen.

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Outdoor Kitchen Location Tips

When you are going through the steps of installing an outdoor kitchen, you’ll quickly find that deciding where to set it up is one of the most difficult and impactful decisions of the process. Since you have multiple options, it can be hard to figure out exactly where to put it. We’ve come up with a list of things to consider to help you decide!

Be conscious of sun and shade

Summer is prime time for outdoor kitchen use. So, when planning your outdoor kitchen, bank on warm temperatures and lots of sun, and take reactive measures. Placing your outdoor kitchen under existing shade, or planning to add new sources of shade will provide you and your guest’s comfort year-round.

Natural shade from trees and vines is best because they ventilate easily. As an added bonus vines and trees “transpire,” evaporate moisture to cool themselves, creating their own natural misting system.

There are plenty of man-made shade options as well, such as pergolas, or trellises. The growing popularity of transition rooms provides an even more permanent and durable option for your outdoor kitchen.

Leverage your natural space

Do you have a pool or hot tub in your yard? A beautiful garden? When choosing where to add your outdoor kitchen, take note of any existing structures or features that you want to complement. Also be wary of design overlap. The last thing you want is for your outdoor kitchen covering to inadvertently shade your vegetable garden.

In addition, when planning the placement of your outdoor kitchen cabinets, it’s important to consider the relationship between the indoor and outdoor versions, and how they will be used together when cooking or entertaining. If you have a large outdoor space to work with, it may prove prudent to place your outdoor kitchen in closer proximity to your indoor kitchen to create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors.

Consider the View

Another crucial element to consider when you’re placing your outdoor kitchen is your views and sight lines. You can have the most beautiful outdoor kitchen in the world, but when your guests sit down to eat at the table, if they’re facing a brick wall or the old shed in your backyard, that’s what they’re going to remember. So, be sure so consider the view when you’re trying to find the perfect location for your stainless steel outdoor kitchen.

Another key consideration is the location that will provide the most privacy from neighbors. Screening views with trees and shrubbery will provide privacy while also providing a noise buffer for your close neighbors.

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Don’t forget utilities

When planning your outdoor kitchen layouts, keep in mind the best practical placement or installation of the necessary gas, water and electrical supply. Note where your water, gas and electric lines are, and design your kitchen accordingly.

Furthermore, when placing your grill or smoker, think about the natural flow of wind – make sure that smoke from the grill will be carried away from dining and living areas. You should also think about making sure the kitchen area is located a safe distance from doors and entryways to keep foot traffic away from potential hazards.

Additionally, make sure to place all outdoor cooking appliances away from areas where children play or where people play sports. You’ll want to avoid basketballs or soccer balls bouncing over onto a hot grill.

Don’t Shy Away From the Roof

When one thinks “outdoor kitchen,” the tendency is to think of backyards – but that doesn’t have to always be the case. Especially if you have a small or nonexistent lawn space, building your stainless outdoor kitchen on the roof can prove a very viable design option.

If you are choosing this option though, pay special attention to restrictions and codes. They vary by municipality, so check with your town’s building department to find out rules about setbacks, fire safety, and what kind of permits you’ll need to file. We recommend working with a general contractor so you are up to code and all safety requirements are included.

Fit Your Needs

The right spot to place an outdoor kitchen will vary from homeowner to homeowner. You may like the idea of an outdoor cooking area just outside the backdoor to your house or a freestanding pavilion near your pool area.

At the end of the day, there’s no one “right” spot for your outdoor kitchen. But by using these outdoor kitchen location tips, you’ll ensure you make an excellent choice.

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