Built-in range systems are kitchen appliances that include both an oven and stove and fit snuggly within a defined space, keeping in line with the dimensions of currently existing counters, walls, etc. For those who like the look of clean lines or who have limited space in their kitchens, opting for a built-in range system can be the best solution.
Just as built-in range systems can optimize your kitchen space, so too can built-in outdoor grills serve as a nice addition to outdoor cooking areas. Whether you are thinking about installing an outdoor built-in range unit or are merely looking to replace your current one, having a grill and range system outdoors can enhance any barbeque or party so that you can fully enjoy your backyard, as well as your time with friends and family.
Gas Range or Electric Range Systems
One of the first decisions you will have to make before you start shopping around for a built-in range systems is whether or not you want a gas or electric unit. Each range system has its own associated benefits and disadvantages.
For example, while a gas range allows for better heat control, electric units cook food more evenly and tend to fit more readily into kitchens. If you are still undecided on what type of built-in range to get, talk to appliance experts at your local appliance warehouse. They can ask you specific questions about your kitchen and living situation that may help you figure out which is best for you.
How to Choose a Built-in Range System
Because built-in range systems only work properly and look good when they fit exactly within a given space, you will have to do some initial measuring of the allotted area before you start browsing through various options for your kitchen.
Similarly, to make sure that you invest in a unit that is right for your home and your needs, use the following tips on how to choose a built-in range system:
- Check your kitchen: Check to see if the given space for the range comes equipped with a gas outlet. If it doesnt, then you will need to purchase an electric unit, unless you plan on doing some major, costly renovations. If, however, your kitchen allows for either a gas or electric unit, decide which you prefer.
- Look at additional features: Decide what additional features you want your range system to include. Some helpful features that will cost a bit extra include a self-cleaning mechanism and a convection oven (that circulates air more effectively for more even cooking).
- Pay attention to warranties: Make sure that you understand the warranty. Because you will be spending anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars on your unit, stick to reliable brands that offer good warranties on their products.
How to Construct an Outdoor, Built-In Grill
While choosing a built-in range system for outdoor use follows the same general guidelines as selecting one for your indoor kitchen, some people may want to build their own outdoor grill instead of buying a readymade one. Although building your own outdoor range can take some time, it can also give you a real sense of accomplishment when you finally complete it!
If you are up for the challenge, then starting your outdoor range project will begin with an evaluation of exactly what type of grill you want to build outdoors. Depending on your budget, skills and schedule, you can construct anything from a built-in fire pit system to a basic barbeque to a full-blown, complex range and grilling system.
Because outdoor electricity may not be as readily available, opting to construct a built-in gas range is probably the best idea. Here are some basic step-by-step instructions that can give you a general idea of the process you need to follow to construct your very own outdoor built-in range system:
- Figure out where you want to build your outdoor cooking unit. Choose a place far away enough from other structures (include your house, gazebo, etc) so that you arent in danger of setting anything on fire. Also, be sure that the location you choose is somewhere in which the built-in system can stay for years to come.
- Decide whether or not you want a gas range. Experts recommend using a gas range for outdoor units, as they are far easier to install outdoors than electric ranges.
- Purchase a gas grill kit from your local hardware or home improvement store. If this is your first time building an outdoor range, choose a kit that comes with plans so that you have some expert guidance to help you through this process.
The plans that come in these kits are usually thorough enough to help you finish building your outdoor range unit. If, however, you run across any problems or need some extra help, get in touch with professional grill builders, as they will likely be able to give you the advice you need to complete your project.
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