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Old 11-03-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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I'm just doing a little bragging/showing off, because I'm just about done with my outdoor kitchen.

Last night I completed the stone facade, for the most part. I still have to do some of the finish work on the corners and then seal it, but it still feels great to look pretty much complete.

I learned a lot of lessons, by doing many things wrong, but I still feel the end results came out pretty nice.

I built it out of cinder blocks, which I think worked out real well. The only thing I didn't do was the granite counter tops. Man, has granite gone up in price over the last five years.

If anyone has any questions are want to know what NOT to do, I'll be more than happy to share my experiences. I've learned a lot and would have done many things different.
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Old 11-03-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Beautiful. I would love an outdoor kitchen but more for canning than entertaining…but both would work

What is the cut out spot next to the grill? And the knobs by the sink? I think all you might need is a wine cooler for friends

Enjoy it.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Wow, that looks professionally done! Stone facade is the perfect touch. I was wondering about the cut out next to the grill too, maybe for a cooler to hold meat for the grill?
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:25 PM
 
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The cut out by the grill is where I'm going to put a Big Green Egg. I'm not sure what exactly happened wrong. I don't know if I just measured wrong, my math was bad or I just couldn't count right, but at a point of no return, I said to myself, "This looks pretty tall" and measured again. That spot should be about 10" shorter to put the BGE at the right level. Since I'll use the egg for all-day slow cooking and not flipping burgers, it won't matter if it's too tall, but it still bugs me.

Instead of doing the egg cut-out, I did the shelf like that to be versatile in case I get rid of the egg. It could be used to hold a chaffing dish, a big bucket thing with ice for drinks or something like an electric skillet if I'm doing breakfast tacos.

Thanks for the compliments.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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Wow, that is really beautiful. I love the brick facade! Congrats on a job well done!
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Where did you purchase all the stainless steel from? Could you tell me a ballpark figure about cost for it all?...

It looks great!
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Old 11-03-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: CO
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Very impressive!
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:02 AM
 
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Where did you purchase all the stainless steel from? Could you tell me a ballpark figure about cost for it all?...

It looks great!

Each set of doors were $215 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Above the doors are custom pieces that I had fabricated. Since I live in Houston, I go through really hot summers. Inside the doors to the far right is my receiver which powers the in-ceiling speakers, and inside the center doors is a natural gas instant hot water heater for the sink. I decided that it would be best to have some air circulation in those compartments, so I purchased some ultra quiet fans that are hooked to a temperature sensor and come on at about 90 degrees. I drew up a template for the stainless steel piece and took it to a metal company and had them cut, bend and drill it to my specs and then I bolted in the fans and wired it up. Each of those cost me around $200. The metal company I used was dead on with all of their cuts, so it went together with the doors perfectly.

Thanks.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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And the knobs by the sink?
If I understand you, the knob on the back-splash controls the heater that is mounted at the far end (the silver thing).
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