Outdoor Kitchens

5 Reasons Not to Use Prefabricated Outdoor Kitchens

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Project by Absolute Aluminum

Prefabricated, or “prefab”, outdoor kitchen kits have individual components (grill cabinet, fridge, sink) that are constructed in standard sizes. Another term is a modular outdoor kitchen, with preassembled units that easily fit together by following an instruction manual.

Prefab outdoor kitchens are attractive to the budget-conscious consumer or the DIY homeowner seeking an outdoor kitchen island. They are not designed to be a long-term investment or a permanent fixture in your outdoor living space. They are certainly not a luxurious option if you are seeking a sophisticated and high quality outdoor kitchen.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures luxurious stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinets that are the highest quality. Contrary to prefab outdoor kitchens, longevity and durability are at the forefront of our outdoor kitchen solutions. This article highlights reasons against prefab outdoor kitchens, and why Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens is the best long-term investment.

1. They Don’t Last

The first point is arguably the most important: prefabricated outdoor kitchens simply do not last. They are not manufactured or engineered for longevity; rather, they are meant to be a short-term, budget-friendly solution. This point is especially notable outdoors, as materials tend to degrade faster when exposed to the elements.

Our 304 and 316 stainless steel cabinets are engineered to last for a lifetime with proper maintenance. Our kitchens are a permanent solution and an asset to the value of your home. These features are the main reason that consumers continue to choose our cabinetry instead of the non-permanent prefabricated options.

2. Limited Options

If options are important, then a prefab outdoor kitchen is not a viable solution. They are usually available in preset layouts, sizes, and colors. They are also made to fit a limited range of appliances. It is not a solution for most consumers who want to choose their layout, color, appliances, and more.

Although our cabinetry is considered semi-custom, you are guaranteed to find a solution to suit your needs. Our cabinetry is made to order and is available in hundreds of sizes. We manufacture custom trim kits to house almost every appliance on the market. We have over 50 powder coat finishes, a range of door styles, and handle options to ensure a beautiful finished product.

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3. Low Quality

When discussing the quality of prefab outdoor kitchens, you get what you pay for. The lower cost of prefab kitchens is typically due to low quality materials. In the outdoors, the quality of material is vitally important for the durability of your kitchen. A low quality material will corrode, rot, warp, or rust much more quickly.

Our high quality stainless steel cabinets are the most durable option on the market, especially for the outdoors. Other materials such as HDPE (plastic), brick, wood, and aluminum have drawbacks that make them poor choices for your outdoor kitchen. By not choosing stainless steel, you will be investing in a product that will require replacement or expensive upkeep.

4. Maintenance Minder

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Maintenance is key when protecting any investment. If you are working with low quality materials in the first place, maintenance is surely going to be a nightmare. The outdoor environment can be very uncertain, which can make your upkeep difficult if your materials and construction are subpar. In this way, a lower up-front cost means more maintenance costs down the road.

Our cabinetry is virtually free of maintenance when powder coated. In addition, our powder coats are UV-resistant and outdoor rated to withstand fluctuating temperatures and exposure to sunlight. Rain gaskets, magnets, high quality welds, and close attention to detail are all features that contribute to carefree maintenance.

5. Do-It-Yourself?

DIY homeowners tend to gravitate towards do-it-yourself outdoor kitchens as well. Prefab kitchens are simple to do yourself, as they are made of components that easily slide or screw together. Since the units are standard sizes, the process involves picking the best size and amenities and following the instructions.

While this process seems simple, the possibility for errors is almost endless. You may choose a layout, size, or location that is not functional for an outdoor cooking space. Despite following instructions, it is easy to install an outdoor kitchen improperly. The results are poor function, safety concerns, violating local laws and codes, and a kitchen that is not level.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens has a team of experts to assist you with your kitchen designs every step of the way. Your outdoor kitchen will be designed using the highest quality materials with experienced designers and installers. Our cabinetry arrives preassembled to the job site with professional instructions for a simple and straightforward process.

Prefab or modular outdoor kitchens are a short-term solution for anyone seeking grill islands for their outdoor spaces. While you may be tempted, a Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen is the best investment. We offer quality materials, low maintenance, an array of finishes and styles, and expert consultation for an enjoyable outdoor kitchen space.

If you’re ready for a luxurious and durable long-term outdoor kitchen solution, contact us for a quote today!

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Small Outdoor Kitchen Ideas: Grilling Station

Outdoor kitchens can be designed in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit virtually every location. Even if your outdoor area is restricted in size, you can easily design a functional outdoor kitchen. A small outdoor kitchen can include the necessities for cooking and entertaining and still seamlessly fit your space.

A small outdoor kitchen area is 10 or less feet of cabinetry in an L shape or straight run. Small outdoor kitchens usually function as grilling or bartending stations. Due to size restrictions, they include only the essentials for outdoor cooking and food prep (grill, sink, trash, storage space).

In this article, we explore a grilling station as a popular small outdoor kitchen idea. With Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, you will discover everything you need to design a stainless steel grilling and prep station. Our options for layout, sizes, colors, and cabinetry offer a variety of solutions for a backyard, patio, or balcony.

Outdoor Grilling Station Ideas

Outdoor grilling stations are often found in spaces that are limited in size, such as balconies. They are a great solution if you require a simple and convenient cooking area for a small space. When designing your grilling station, you should keep certain considerations in mind, like placement, cabinetry style, color options, appliances, and amenities.


When deciding on placement for your grilling station, you should keep function, convenience, and safety in mind. For example, it is not advisable to place a grill area against vinyl or wood siding. Proper ventilation is also important in partially or fully enclosed spaces. Consider local codes and laws, as well as personal considerations, in terms of the most convenient place for your outdoor kitchen.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures stainless steel cabinetry in hundreds of sizes in 3” increments. Your grilling station has the option for finished back and end panels for a 360 degree finished look. With seemingly endless configurations, you have the design freedom to place your grilling station virtually anywhere.

Cabinetry Styles

While style is important in any outdoor kitchen, it can be especially vital in small spaces. For a small grilling station, your choice of door style should enhance the simplicity of your aesthetic. Sleek styles and clean lines are best in small spaces to avoid a messy look.

We offer both traditional cabinetry door styles and modern collections like ELEMENTS, created by architect and designer Daniel Germani. ELEMENTS is a modular collection that is popular for balcony settings and grilling stations. It includes popular features for these applications, such as sleek full height door fronts, pass-through cabinets, and integrated handles.

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Color Options

Light colors, metallics, textures, and glossy finishes are great options when you have size constraints. When space limitations are present, these color options can make the space appear larger and less restricted. Although bare stainless steel will have the same effect, we do recommend powder coat to reduce maintenance.

Our selection of powder coat finishes includes a variety of white hues in glossy and satin finishes, metallics, and textures. Colors like White Lite, White Silk, Champagne 304, Plata Focaris 62, and Versailles will reflect light and highlight your design.

Cooking Appliances

A grilling station would not be complete without a grill or other stainless steel appliances. Since grills are available in a multitude of sizes, a common assumption is that the largest grill is necessary. However, you should consider the size that would work best for your needs to avoid wasted space.

ELEMENTS is a popular choice for grilling stations, especially in conjunction with a “social grill” like the Rockwell by Caliber. Social grills are ideal for smaller areas, as the fully retractable lid allows for easier interactions between the chef and guests.

ELEMENTS in “Chili” powder coat with a Rockwell by Caliber social grill

Although we do not manufacture appliances, our cabinetry will house virtually any cooking appliance on the market. Our cabinets will even support the weight of pizza ovens. We manufacture custom trim kits to provide a seamless fit for your grill as well.


Besides for a cooking appliance, a small grilling station should include storage. You can also include wall cabinets for additional storage. For a more functional space, you can add other amenities too. Common additions include a sink and trash, which offer indoor conveniences and comforts to your outdoor space.

We manufacture both sink cabinets and trash cabinets for the amenities that you require in your grilling station. Trash cabinets have an optional extra drawer, which is an easy way to add storage and organization to your space. Wall cabinets increase your storage without adding to your cabinetry run.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

When designing a small grilling station, you will want design flexibility to ensure that it suits your needs and your space. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures stainless steel cabinetry in both 304 and 316 (marine) grades. We offer a variety of cabinetry types (base, wall, grill, sink, trash, and more) to enhance your design.

Our kitchens are beautiful, durable, and require minimal maintenance. They can be customized with powder coat colors, door styles, and handles. For the most functional outdoor cooking station, include a grill or other cooking appliance, sink, trash, and plenty of storage.

Our cabinetry is engineered with a variety of door and drawer configurations for storage and organization. You can keep grilling tools, dinnerware, and silverware neatly tucked away for a clean and organized grilling station.

If you have limited space for an outdoor kitchen, consider a stainless steel grilling station. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of cabinetry types, sizes, colors, and styles to get you started on your project. Our design options will help you create a small outdoor kitchen to fulfill your outdoor cooking requirements. For the best investment, our powder coated stainless steel cabinetry brings both durability and elegance to your backyard, patio, or balcony.

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Design an Outdoor Kitchen with an Island BBQ

Project by Phil Kean Kitchens

One of the most popular outdoor kitchen setups is to include an island, as it offers abundant counter space to prep, cook, and entertain. Including an island BBQ into your design is especially valuable for smaller outdoor spaces because it allows you to easily add extra space without increasing the length of your cabinetry run.  

Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ strives to constantly innovate to shifting trends in the outdoor living market. Far from the stucco islands of the past, our powder coated stainless steel cabinetry gives you the freedom to include an island BBQ in your design with a beautiful, finished look on all sides. Best of all, we offer a variety of solutions to your island BBQ needs and overall outdoor cooking space.

Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen with an Island BBQ

An outdoor kitchen design with an island offers value because of the convenience when prepping, cooking, and socializing. An island offers plenty of workspace on both sides of your cooking appliance, giving you ample room for food prep. For an all-in-one functional space, include other amenities in your island, like a sink, fridge, and storage.

This setup also provides enhanced social and entertainment value. By taking advantage of features like bar seating and an outdoor bartending station, you and your guests can easily socialize while dinner is being prepared and cooked.

Island BBQ Solutions with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

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Project by Sherwood Outdoor Kitchens

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, our 304 and 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry is available in 3” increments to create a variety of island BBQ solutions. You can choose from 60 different powder coat colors for reduced maintenance and added beauty, as well as a selection of door styles and handles. We offer traditional cabinetry boxes, modular kitchens, and our innovative Post and Panel (PPS) skeletal system – each of which can offer solutions for your BBQ island requirements.

To experience truly versatile outdoor cooking, our appliance cabinetry can house virtually every outdoor rated appliance on the market. It can also accommodate appliances and amenities like a sink, trash, fridge, and more to create a fully functional island BBQ.

For a beautiful and seamless island application, finish the ends and sides of your cabinetry with powder coated panels. In addition, we offer extended back panels to accommodate bar seating for your entertaining space.

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Traditional Cabinetry

Most consumers who desire an outdoor kitchen are looking for traditional cabinetry that mirror the function and style of indoor kitchens. As an innovator of stainless steel outdoor kitchens, we continue to engineer our cabinetry to fulfill this need. To that end, everything from our stainless steel cabinetry boxes to our door styles are reflective of your indoor kitchen but with durability in all types of weather conditions.

We offer a wide selection of cabinetry types, like base, sink, appliance, and wall cabinets. Each type of cabinet serves a purpose to the function and convenience of your outdoor kitchen. If you are seeking to include an island in your outdoor kitchen design, our traditional cabinetry boxes are an excellent option to supplement the rest of your kitchen design or as a freestanding solution.

ELEMENTS Collection

If you are looking for a contemporary and modular outdoor kitchen, our ELEMENTS collection is a great solution. ELEMENTS was created in collaboration with international architect and designer, Daniel Germani, as a response to the growing trends in modern outdoor kitchen designs.

ELEMENTS features cabinet boxes that sit on a unique frame and are finished on all sides. This collection includes features like optional pass-through cabinets and full-height door fronts and integrated handles. These features mean it is equally at home as an island or up against a wall.

Post and Panel System (PPS)

Our Post and Panel System (PPS) is an innovative solution to the increasing need for multi-family applications in the outdoors. This system is especially useful when storage is not needed. It features a skeletal frame with panels that are applied on all four sides of a cabinetry run or island.

PPS is often used for a free-standing island BBQ in shared amenity spaces. It is appealing for its streamlined design and panels that can be easily removed and replaced.

An island is a versatile and functional addition to your outdoor kitchen, making it a popular setup for all types of outdoor spaces. It adds convenient workspace next to your cooking appliance and offers entertainment value with bar seating. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a variety of island solutions to meet any of your outdoor cooking and entertaining requirements.

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Should You Cover Your Outdoor Kitchen?

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If you are in the process of designing a luxury outdoor kitchen for your backyard, you may be wondering about additions to protect your investment, such as a covering. A cover over your outdoor kitchen offers benefits by sheltering the kitchen – as well as you and your friends and family – from the weather and the hot sun. Covering your outdoor kitchen minimizes maintenance and makes your kitchen useable in all types of weather.

Despite these benefits, choosing a brand like Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens means that your kitchen does not require a covering. Our powder coated stainless steel cabinets are engineered to remain durable when exposed to all types of weather with minimal maintenance. As such, installing a covering is simply a personal choice based on your needs for outdoor entertaining.

Outdoor Kitchen Covers

Pergolas, canopies, umbrellas, and gazebos are common covers for your outdoor kitchen. They are all structures that offer shelter and some degree of protection over the space. For a more permanent solution, a California or three-season room provides a complete or nearly complete enclosure for your outdoor kitchen.


A canopy is a versatile option. You can choose a canopy that covers your kitchen or the entire outdoor living space for extra protection. Depending on materials, they can be semi-permanent and moveable.


Gazebos can be made of a variety of materials for added durability in the outdoors, such as a wood and metal. An outdoor kitchen gazebo has a roof and support columns to easily cover your entire space.


If you are looking for a cover that is more decorative than protective, an outdoor kitchen pergola is constructed with posts and open lattice. You can add features like ivy for an extra decorative element.


For an inexpensive way to stay out of the sun, an umbrella over your outdoor cooking space is a great option. Best of all, you can remove the umbrella when you do not want or need shade.

California Room

California or three-season rooms provide the most shelter and protection. These rooms are partially or completely enclosed with screen or glass. As such, you get the benefits of being in the outdoors with protection from the elements.

Considerations for a Covered Outdoor Kitchen

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If you decide to cover your outdoor kitchen, the type of covering will inform the size and shape of your kitchen. You may have to restrict the layout shape and size of your kitchen to fit beneath the covering, especially if the covering is already installed.

Rain and Snow

Although a covering is a great option for shelter from rain and snow, these elements may contribute to flooding or weight issues on the roof of your covering. Be sure to direct water away from your kitchen to prevent water-related problems.


Grill ventilation is simple when an outdoor kitchen is exposed to the open air. A covering means that you must take proper steps for ventilation, especially if the kitchen is fully enclosed.

Sun Exposure

For those hot summer days spent outside, sun exposure can be a concern. Consider the best covering options that will allow you to spend time in the shade while cooking outdoors.

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Does an Outdoor Kitchen Need to be Covered?

Most people would agree the potential drawback of spending time outdoors is the weather. A covering on your outdoor kitchen undoubtedly provides benefits, as it can reduce the maintenance needed for your kitchen and protect you and your guests from inclement weather – especially when it is unexpected.

For most other outdoor kitchen brands, a covering is necessary to protect the integrity of the materials, like plastic and brick. However, investing in Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for your cabinetry means your outdoor kitchen does not require a covering. In fact, many of our kitchens remain uncovered and out in the open – on balconies, rooftops, and more.

The integrity of our stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinetry is industry leading, especially when our cabinetry is powder coated in one of our UV resistant finishes. Our cabinetry requires minimal maintenance and will remain durable in virtually every climate when exposed to the weather. To that end, your outdoor kitchen from Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens does not require a covering to stay durable.

Depending on the needs for your space and your climate, installing a covering can reduce maintenance, offer extra protection for peace of mind, and it can add a decorative element to your outdoor living space. By choosing highly durable stainless steel cabinetry, a covering is a personal choice for your outdoor kitchen design and not a requirement to enjoy your space all year long.

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Choosing a Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Door Style

Interior kitchen cabinet doors have traditionally been made of wood and constructed with a range of styles to suit individual design preferences. As with your indoor living space, the designs that you choose in your outdoor space should reflect your cooking and entertaining lifestyle. Your choice of outdoor kitchen door style can add a touch of modern elegance, traditional style, and sophistication to the outdoors.

To keep pace with interest in outdoor kitchens, innovative outdoor living brands have designed outdoor styles that mirror indoor styles using durable materials. Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ offers a variety of stainless steel outdoor kitchen door styles for our traditional cabinetry, as well as modern collections with sleek door fronts and integrated handles.

Door Styles for Traditional Cabinetry

As an innovator of stainless steel outdoor kitchen cabinetry, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens understands the importance of customizing the design of your space. To that end, we offer a variety of door styles and handles for our cabinetry.

Our door styles are manufactured from individual pieces that are powder coated before assembly, ensuring a clean finish. From a sleek, flat panel to intricate, handcrafted designs, any of our stainless steel door styles that you choose can give your outdoor kitchen a signature look. The following door styles are among our most popular selections:


This flat slab door is standard on all our cabinetry. It offers a streamlined, modern look to your outdoor kitchen.

Key West

Our classic Shaker style door with stiles and rails is one of our most popular styles. This style offers a truly timeless look.


Venice is best defined as a modern reflection of a classic style. It is a take on the Shaker style with a thin reveal.

Louver and Beadboard

These two door styles boast a fine attention to detail. They offer an extra touch of sophistication to your space.

Modern Collections

ELEMENTS in “Chili” powder coat

Besides for our traditional cabinetry, we offer two modern collections that we created in collaboration with architect and designer, Daniel Germani: TECNO and ELEMENTS. Both collections feature nested, soft-close drawers; sleek, full-height door fronts; and integrated handles. Each collection can be powder coated in any of our standard finishes. ELEMENTS has the option for multiple colors on the interior, on the handles, and more.

TECNO is a frameless design that pioneered the nested drawer and integrated handle applications. It can accommodate a variety of appliances and amenities, with multiple options for configurations.

ELEMENTS takes a modular and free-standing approach, with a frame and design that is unique to this collection. It is equally functional as an island application or up against a wall. It can offer pass-through cabinets for access from both sides and cabinetry that is suitable for storage and housing appliances.

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Choosing a Door Style

When deciding on your outdoor kitchen design, consider your needs for the space. Your layout, door style, and powder coat selections are great opportunities to reflect your cooking and entertaining lifestyle.

Your selection of door style will depend on factors like your aesthetic, the size of your space, and your lifestyle. The door style can enhance your overall outdoor living design or make your cabinetry a standalone piece in your space.

Our Hampton and Venice door styles, as well as either of our modern collections, are the best choices for an elegant aesthetic. Pair any of these contemporary styles with neutral hue for a classy space or a bold hue for a fun, eclectic space.

The Beadboard and Louver are popular styles in coastal applications, especially paired with whites, blues, and light neutrals. They also offer a touch of sophistication to outdoor living spaces when coupled with rich, deep hues. TECNO and ELEMENTS are especially suitable for outdoor kitchens near the water as well, since the powder coated, integrated handles reduce maintenance.

The Key West is our most versatile door, because it beautiful and functional in virtually every space. It can be tailored to suit a variety of styles, from classic to contemporary. Depending on the powder coat color that you choose, this door can enhance any aesthetic.

In smaller spaces, light colors and metallics can make the area appear larger, while large spaces are extremely versatile with style and finish. With over 60 finishes available, you can design an outdoor kitchen that truly reflects your individual taste.

If you’re uncertain about the color and door style that will work the best in your space, our in-house designers can provide drawings of potential layouts. For more inspiration, our outdoor kitchen gallery highlights a variety of styles, colors, and layouts to help you design your own signature outdoor kitchen.

The door style that you choose is an important feature for the design of your outdoor kitchen. Consider the size of your space, the layout, and the aesthetic to determine the best style. Choose a powder coat finish that complements your aesthetic, and you will have an outdoor kitchen design that perfectly suits your lifestyle.

Contact us today to get started choosing your door style for your new outdoor kitchen project!

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Brick Outdoor Kitchen vs. Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen

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For your next outdoor kitchen project, you will want to consider an attractive and long-lasting material for your cabinetry. Traditionally, materials like brick and stone were commonly used because they are inexpensive, and they are durable in the outdoor space. However, modern solutions have introduced superior materials, like stainless steel, that remain durable over time and require less upkeep.

When choosing the cabinetry material for your next outdoor kitchen project, consider the pros and cons of common materials. In this article, we discuss brick and stainless steel for outdoor kitchens. The stainless steel cabinetry manufactured by Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ is the best choice for creating luxury outdoor kitchens.

Brick Outdoor Kitchens

Brick has been a popular choice for built-in outdoor kitchens because it is inexpensive, fire resistant, and easily customized. Bricks are very porous, however, meaning they are difficult to clean when liquids are spilled during cooking. This material can be painted to reduce porosity, but exposure to the outdoors will mean periodic repainting.

Working with brick also requires professionals, meaning a contractor on site for weeks. If a brick outdoor kitchen project includes appliances, the bricks may have to be cut to house them. Since bricks are prone to cracking and breaking, this material will require replacement and additional time and cost for maintenance. Based on these considerations, brick is not the most suitable material if you are seeking a luxury outdoor kitchen design.

Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchens

Nissequogue, NY

Stainless steel is nonporous, durable, and it will maintain its integrity in the outdoors without cracking or warping. The major drawback is that it is susceptible to rust, stains, and scratches in the outdoor environment without proper maintenance. However, steps can be taken to virtually eliminate these risks. Some proper measures include application of a powder coat finish and keeping components clean and dry with regular maintenance.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures cabinetry using 304 stainless steel or 316 (marine). Our cabinet boxes, as well as doors and drawers, are all manufactured with this material. Powder coating simplifies maintenance and adds an attractive finish to our cabinetry.

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Why is Stainless Steel the Best Material for Outdoor Applications?

When choosing the best material for the outdoors, using stainless steel will offer a better return on investment than using brick. While brick is inexpensive, stainless steel is more durable and requires less maintenance and cost over time. It also allows for popular features like different door styles to customize the look of your outdoor space.

Powder coat reduces maintenance and offers a beautiful and vibrant finish to outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Stainless steel cabinetry is easier to install and takes less time than brick laying as well. Choosing a stainless steel outdoor kitchen manufactured by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers you:

A variety of materials are suitable for outdoor applications. Materials like brick and stone have been traditionally used for outdoor kitchen projects. Stainless steel is a modern solution for the outdoors because of features like durability, attractiveness, and longevity. Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for a signature powder coated stainless steel outdoor kitchen for your backyard, patio, rooftop, and more.

Learn the benefits of stainless steel by choosing it for your next outdoor project!

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Outdoor Kitchen with a Pizza Oven

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Nokomis, FL

A traditional pizza oven is a valuable – and sometimes overlooked – asset to your outdoor kitchen setup. They are beneficial not only for cooking homemade pizza, but for cooking any foods that you can smoke, bake, and roast. Pizza ovens heat up quickly and cook efficiently, making for an enjoyable and delicious cooking experience.

While many outdoor kitchen brands cannot accommodate outdoor pizza ovens due to their size and weight, Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ manufactures stainless steel cabinetry that is engineered to safely accommodate a variety of pizza oven models on the countertop. Read on to discover the benefits and design options for a pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen.

Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen with a Pizza Oven

Including an authentic pizza oven in your outdoor kitchen offers a range of cooking benefits, aside from baking delicious pizza. Pizza ovens are typically heated with wood or gas, allowing for quick and efficient cooking. Cooking with a wood fired pizza oven is especially beneficial, as it is clean burning and gives your food a distinct smoky flavor. Although pizza ovens are typically utilized to cook homemade pizza, they can also be used to cook meats, roast vegetables, and even bake pies.

From your child’s birthday party to a low-key evening with friends, an outdoor pizza oven can provide a range of social and entertaining benefits. Gather your family or friends in your outdoor living space to make homemade pizzas for a special event or to prepare a delicious dinner on any day of the week. Place your pizza oven onto the countertop of your fully-equipped outdoor kitchen with a bartending station, and the entertainment value of your outdoor space will be seemingly endless.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas with a Pizza Oven

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Due to the size and weight of pizza ovens, you will want to be mindful of how to incorporate one into your outdoor kitchen design. They are typically the most functional at the end of a cabinetry run and with a decent amount of workspace on at least one side. Since pizza ovens are multipurpose with their cooking potential, deciding to include one may eliminate the need for other outdoor cooking appliances, which will offer you extra space and versatility in your outdoor kitchen design. Consider other features and amenities that you would like to include as well, such as a bartending station and refrigeration, to complete your outdoor cooking and entertaining space.

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Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

If you are seeking to design a signature outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, look no further than Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens. We offer:

  •   Powder coating for your cabinetry in your choice of over 60 finishes for reduced maintenance in the outdoors.
  •   Cabinetry that is engineered to accommodate even the heaviest pizza ovens (400 lbs. or heavier).
  •   Appliance cabinets that are designed to house virtually every outdoor appliance on the market.
  •   Custom trim kits as well as finished back and end panels for a seamless fit and finish for your cabinets on all sides.
  •   Distribution of a selection of appliances from a handful of manufacturers for one-stop shopping convenience.
  •   Features and amenities to create a complete outdoor living space.
  •   Expert designers who can help you bring your outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven to life.

By choosing Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for your outdoor space, an outdoor pizza oven is no longer off limits due to size and weight. Offering a range of cooking, social, and entertaining benefits, a traditional pizza oven can be effortlessly placed on top of our cabinets with your choice of powder coat color for your cabinets and expert fit and finish. Include a bartending station in your outdoor kitchen setup and you will be well on your way to hosting the ultimate backyard get-togethers with delicious pizza and cocktails!

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Plastic Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets Vs. Stainless Steel

Some of the most important factors when deciding on the material of your outdoor kitchen cabinets are durability, attractiveness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. To put it simply, you want to choose beautiful outdoor kitchen cabinet materials that will last a long time in the outdoors, will be easy to care for, and will provide the best return on investment. In this article, we compare two common outdoor kitchen cabinet materials – plastic and stainless steel – and discuss how stainless steel is the best option. Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ manufactures 304 and 316 grade stainless steel outdoor kitchens that can be powder coated in a variety of colors, offering you a lifetime of effortless maintenance and sophisticated beauty for your outdoor living space.

Plastic Outdoor Kitchen Design

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and other plastics are common for outdoor furniture because plastic does not rust, corrode, or rot in the outdoors. Plastic is also popular in the outdoors because it is available in many colors and does not need to be painted. Although plastic can be used to construct outdoor kitchens, it has several maintenance considerations and integrity concerns when used outdoors and near heat. With HDPE outdoor cabinets, the color can fade due to sunlight exposure, and environmental changes can cause plastic cabinet boxes to warp and crack so they will no longer function as intended. Since plastic will melt when exposed to heat, plastic grill cabinets will require a stainless steel firebox.

Stainless Steel Outdoor Kitchen Design

Although stainless steel can rust due to the iron content, the presence of chromium acts as a rust deterrent. The most common grades of stainless steel for outdoor kitchen cabinetry are 304 and 316 (marine) grades, with 316 offering additional corrosion resistance. When exposed to the outdoors, however, bare stainless steel cabinetry needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly to avoid rust and stains. A highly recommended option is to add a powder coat finish, which will reduce maintenance to a bare minimum and offer a beautiful, long-lasting finish to your outdoor cabinetry. Stainless steel is highly durable overall, as it will not crack, warp, or dent during typical use in the outdoors, making it ideal for use in outdoor kitchens

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Stainless Steel is the Best Option for Outdoor Kitchens

By comparing plastic with stainless steel, you can easily determine which material is preferable for outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Stainless steel cabinetry is durable and will provide the best return on investment. While plastic is relatively inexpensive, the need for replacement in the outdoors means the costs will add up over time. By contrast, the stainless steel cabinets manufactured by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens will maintain structural integrity in the outdoors for the life of your outdoor kitchen area.

Both plastic and powder coated stainless steel cabinets require maintenance in the outdoors, which involves regular cleaning with mild soap and water. While plastic does not need to be painted or repainted, the finish can fade over time when exposed to sunlight. Unlike plastic, the stainless steel cabinetry manufactured by Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens can be powder coated with UV resistant finishes that require very limited maintenance, and the color will not lose integrity when exposed to sunlight and the weather.

Stainless steel is the best material for outdoor kitchen cabinets due to its durability, structural integrity in the outdoors, and limited maintenance requirements when powder coated. Choosing stainless steel cabinets over plastic cabinets will provide the best return on investment, giving you the freedom to enjoy your outdoor living space worry-free for years to come.

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Outdoor Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Outdoor kitchen design has many considerations, from material options, layout, and the functional needs of the outdoor space (e.g., storage, appliance selection). While often not necessary in multifamily projects, outdoor kitchen storage is a top priority for residential outdoor kitchen projects. Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ recognizes that the functional needs of each outdoor kitchen project is unique, which is why we offer versatile storage solutions. To that end, our expert designers can help you achieve an outdoor kitchen that has an ideal amount of storage for the needs of the project.

Outdoor Kitchen Storage Benefits

Outdoor kitchens, when possible, should be designed to function independently from indoor kitchens. Since storage is vital to the cooking and entertaining functions of your outdoor kitchen, it should be a priority in any residential outdoor kitchen project. Including ample amounts of storage space will give you the freedom to store outdoor cooking and eating utensils and supplies in your outdoor kitchen without the need for heading back inside. 

Storage space solutions are also beneficial because having dedicated space for cooking and eating supplies, as well as trash disposal, will keep your outdoor kitchen clean and organized. In the case of outdoor grill and sink cabinets, doors will provide storage options for inside the cabinets, as well as access to maintenance for plumbing, gas lines, and propane tanks.

Outdoor Kitchen Storage Solutions

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Solutions for outdoor kitchen storage are available in various options. Outdoor cabinets with different configurations can achieve any need that you have for storage. In accordance with the size, layout, and needs of your outdoor space, you can choose different configurations and widths of cabinets with full height doors, doors and drawers, or multiple drawers. You can also choose options for shelves to store items and warming drawers beneath the outdoor grill to store freshly cooked food prior to serving.

Other solutions for an outdoor kitchen with storage include wall cabinets and outdoor kitchen islands. Wall cabinets are excellent for storage of dinnerware and glasses. Outdoor kitchen islands are beneficial for both additional storage and providing a usable workspace for food prep. Islands can accommodate grills and other cooking appliances as well, for added convenience.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens manufactures durable 304 or 316 grade stainless steel cabinetry that is both stylish and functional. Our cabinetry can be powder coated in a variety of colors and textures, and we offer a wide selection of door styles and handle styles to complete your aesthetic.

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Our cabinetry is available in hundreds of sizes in 3” increments, with back and end panels for a finished look on all sides. Our base cabinets are available in several configurations, including full height doors, doors and drawers, or multiple drawers. We also manufacture sink and grill cabinets with doors for plumbing and maintenance access, as well as pull-out trash cabinets and wall cabinets. Our appliance cabinets are designed to house virtually every outdoor appliance on the market, with trim kits available for a clean, built-in look for your appliances.

Besides for the standard door, drawer, and shelf combinations, outdoor storage can be achieved with features such as nested outdoor kitchen drawers and pass-through cabinets that can be accessed from both sides of an outdoor kitchen island. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers these innovative solutions for storage and accessibility with our European-inspired TECNO and ELEMENTS collections. Both collections are sleek, modern, and offer plenty of storage solutions to suit your requirements. 

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Outdoor kitchen storage is crucial for a functional cooking and entertaining space. Storage offers many benefits, such as eliminating the need to go back inside for supplies. The options for storage include islands, wall cabinets, shelves, and various door/drawer configurations. In recognition of the importance of storage, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers many types of stainless steel cabinetry to complete the beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen that you have always desired!

Get started designing an outdoor kitchen that includes plenty of storage for your outdoor cooking and entertaining needs. Call the outdoor kitchen design experts at Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for a quote!

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Outdoor Kitchen TV Ideas

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With the increasing desire for outdoor living and entertainment spaces, outdoor-rated accessories are also gaining popularity. Including features in your outdoor living space, such as outdoor-rated TVs and outdoor kitchens, are great options to enhance the outdoor entertaining capabilities of your space. In this article, we discuss how the design options available through Brown Jordan® Outdoor Kitchens™ will give you the freedom to design a beautiful and durable outdoor kitchen along with an outdoor-rated TV.

How to Choose an Outdoor TV

You should choose an outdoor television based on your needs and budget for your outdoor space. Many people opt for a less expensive TV, as it will be cheaper to replace than a costly one. While there are outdoor TVs to fit various budgets, the cost of outdoor TVs is correlated with other factors, such as capability of handling the weather, sunlight exposure, and temperature fluctuations. These factors will also affect where you can place your outdoor TV. For example, some outdoor TVs have a greater range of brightness properties, making them functional even in areas with full sun exposure. More expensive outdoor TVs will have greater flexibility for placement outdoors due to their enhanced resistance to the environment.

Benefits of an Outdoor Kitchen with a TV

The greatest outdoor living experiences will incorporate every element of entertaining and enjoyment of the space, from socializing with guests around the TV to cooking, eating, and drinking. Designing an outdoor kitchen and including an outdoor TV in your space will provide a complete entertainment package for you and your guests. Installing a TV near your outdoor kitchen or outdoor seating area will offer a relaxing space to cook a meal and catch a game or a movie, giving you the freedom to enjoy your outdoor space in much the same way that you would indoors.

Best Layouts for an Outdoor Kitchen with a TV

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The best outdoor kitchen layouts with an outdoor television will be functional for using both the kitchen and viewing the TV. Determining the function of your outdoor TV in your space will guide the placement of your TV relative to your outdoor kitchen and/or seating area. For instance, do you want your TV to be in a usable location for the chef, or do you want to design a relaxing entertainment area for your guests away from your outdoor kitchen? Depending on the size of your outdoor space, you may be able to place your TV in an outdoor dining area for optimal viewing by both the chef and the guests as well.

If your living space includes a separate outdoor living room with seating, you may want to include the TV in your seating area rather than in your outdoor kitchen for a relaxing social atmosphere. If your TV will be included in your backyard kitchen, you will need to be especially mindful of the location, such as placing the TV away from outdoor cooking areas.

You will want to consider factors that will affect viewing of the TV too, such as sunrise, sunset, and if your outdoor space is shaded from the environment. These considerations will be very helpful in determining the best layout for your outdoor kitchen and the best suited outdoor TV model for your space. As always, follow the advice of the manufacturer of your outdoor TV model for best practices on placement to ensure longevity.

Why Choose Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens?

At Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens, we consider all the design elements of your outdoor living space and how each one comes together to create a cohesive whole. The layout and design possibilities available to you will allow you to incorporate any features and amenities that you desire for your backyard, patio, or rooftop.

Choosing Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens for your outdoor kitchen will offer many benefits that will ensure that you have the design freedom to incorporate the outdoor TV of your choosing:

  •   Stainless steel cabinetry that is available in hundreds of sizes, giving you the freedom to design virtually any outdoor kitchen layout that is functional in your space.
  •   Many options for cabinetry types to create virtually any outdoor kitchen design.
  •   Finished side and back panels for a clean look on all sides, allowing you to place your outdoor kitchen away from a wall or other structure if desired.
  •   Seemingly endless configurations, angles, and placement of your outdoor kitchen in your outdoor space.
  •   A variety of powder coat finishes, door styles, and handle designs to create your desired aesthetic for your outdoor TV enclosure.

Incorporating an outdoor kitchen and an outdoor TV in your outdoor living space will enhance the outdoor entertaining capabilities of your space by allowing the chef and/or guests to have a relaxing social atmosphere while outdoor cooking and dining. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers a multitude of design options to effortlessly create the perfect outdoor kitchen that will accommodate the best outdoor TV for your space.

Interested in designing an outdoor kitchen with an outdoor TV in your backyard? Call the experts for a quote on your outdoor kitchen project!

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