With spring approaching, many homeowners are considering their backyard preparations for the warm weather season. If you're thinking about building an outdoor kitchen this spring, you might be considering a built-in gas barbecue installation as part of the design. Before you take the leap and put one in, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. The sooner you consider these elements, the more successful your kitchen development is likely to be.
Make Sure You Choose The Right Grill
Few things are more frustrating than going through the entire construction of your outdoor kitchen only to find out that you've chosen a grill that's either too small or not the right design for what you need.
To avoid this, take some extra time in your planning stages. For example, think about your budget first. Make sure you know how much money you have to put into each component so that you can evaluate your options thoroughly.
In addition, you need to be sure that whatever grill you choose fits in the design properly. You don't want to have to retrofit an already completed part of the kitchen structure to fit a grill that's larger than you'd anticipated.
You'll also want to consider the fuel source. When it comes to gas grills, you can opt for a built-in system that connects directly to a natural gas line, which will eliminate the need for refilling propane tanks or installing a propane storage system on your property. However, it can be more costly to install and a natural gas system will require a larger flame than the propane system.
Finally, once you narrow down the grill options available to you, think about the grates too. While cast iron grates are good for consistent heat and heat retention, they are prone to rusting. Ceramic coated ones aren't as good at retaining heat, and are prone to chipping, but they are easier to clean.
Know Your Local Policies
Any time you're installing something with a live natural gas line, you need to be aware of what the permitting policies are in your area. Make sure you have the right permits for the installation, especially if you have to have a whole new gas line installed. Have everything done by a licensed installer so that you can be sure that all of the lines are installed properly, the connections are tight, and you'll pass any required inspections.
To learn more, contact a business such as Thompson's Gas Inc.