Create the perfect outdoor kitchen with the latest outdoor appliances.
From pizza ovens and barbecues to wood-fired ovens, there are so many outdoor appliances available these days. But what is the right choice for you?
First, let’s talk about the practicalities. The most challenging part is working out the electrics and the plumbing. “Your outdoor kitchen is best placed adjacent to the house, as it’s much easier to connect the electricity and water supplies,” advises Thomas Goodman, construction expert at MyJobQuote.
“All outlets will need to be installed by a qualified electrician and positioned safely away from any nearby water sources. Weatherproof outlets will ensure your outdoor kitchen is as safe as possible,” continues Thomas.
“Lastly, it’s important not to overload the circuits, as this can create a fire hazard. Make sure all electrical items are rated for outdoor use. Electrical circuits should be the right size and must be installed by a registered electrician.”
Outdoor appliances: ovens
Let’s be honest, no one wants to be stuck indoors cooking away on a hot summer’s day, right? Luckily, there are several types of outdoor ovens that make cooking al fresco a total joy.
“Installing an outdoor oven can be a complex process and should be done by a professional,” advises Jody Crichton at AOS Outdoor Kitchens. “It’s important to ensure the oven is placed on a stable foundation and that the chimney is properly installed. Maintenance typically includes cleaning the oven after each use and checking the chimney periodically for blockages.”
Types of ovens
So, what options are out there?
Wood-fired ovens: These are typically made of brick, stone or clay and are great for cooking pizza, bread, and other dishes that require high temperatures, which gives food a unique flavour and texture. The drawbacks include needing large amounts of wood and the time it takes to heat up and cool down.
Gas ovens: These designs are fuelled by propane or natural gas and offer a more convenient alternative to wood-fired ovens. They heat up quickly and can be controlled with precision, making them ideal for cooking a variety of dishes. Pros include the ease of use and quick heating times. However, you also need a gas line and they lack the unique flavour that wood-fired ovens provide.
Pellet ovens: Fuelled by wood pellets, these designs offer a compromise between wood and gas-fired ovens. They offer the unique flavour of wood-fired solutions and the convenience of a gas oven. Pros include the ability to cook at high temperatures plus the convenience of automated temperature control. Cons include the need for electricity to power the automated temperature control and the cost of wood pellets.
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