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Old 07-05-2009, 09:25 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by steve1234 View Post
BBQ- actually a standalone. Took the side trays off, wheels off and slid it into the space
Originally Posted by Knucklez View Post
i have some stupid questions..

how do you select the BBQ so that it fits in the opening you make? are these special for built-in installation? did you buy a BBQ and then just take the top half off? are they standard size so that you can easily replace 5 years from now?

They do sell BQ tops only, but usually just easier to buy one & don't install the bottom cabinet
Then its just a matter of making the opening to fit the BBQ
My BBQ I could take the bottom off
But I need it on wheels
Or I need a 2nd one so I can have one on the deck & one by the pool


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Old 07-05-2009, 10:15 PM   #32
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Hey Knucklez. You actually select your bbq first...and then build the opening to fit. So when I built this one, I drew out the dimensions for the structure, then based on that...came up with the range for width, length, and depth for the grill that would fit that area. With those approx dimensions...I went shopping. Once you've purchased the grill, you create the opening to fit the grill.

All of these types of grills are specifically for built-ins. They come with exact dimensions for the cut-out so that you don't need to guess.

Unfortunately, they are not all standard sizes. If you ever needed to replace the grill you would need to find one that was bigger (of not exactly the same) as your current, so that you could cut a larger hole. Lots of work. HOWEVER...if you buy a top-quality grill and take care of it, you will not need to replace in 5 years.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:49 PM   #33
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oh i see, that's good advice. buy a grill that is meant specifically for built-in application, and wait until you save up enough $ to be able to afford the best one. with the money you save by DIY, more than makes up for it.

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:01 PM   #34
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Nice, that's a neat idea with the BBQ and sink and fridge outside. It really looks nice and inviting. I like the idea of using the tiles for the table top too, it makes for something different and solid.

Only thing how does that fair out in the winter? The sink and fridge especially. Do you need to blow compressed air in the pipes the clear them up of water before winter?

Also if that BBQ ever stops working beyond repair, are they pretty much standard size or would you have to start undoing all the hard work to get it out/new one in? Then again I suppose BBQs are not very complex devices and don't really "stop working". I suppose you can buy replacement parts like burners and what not right?
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Old 07-19-2009, 11:21 PM   #35
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I've never had any problems with my fridge due to the winter....but then....I live in California!

I've seen ads for companies that will come out and service your built in grill if you have any problems. I've never had to do it (knocking on wood) but I've go to think that you'd be able to replace any bad part pretty easily.

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Old 09-18-2009, 09:27 PM   #36
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For those of you interested in a great step by step walkthrough while building an outdoor kitchen area...check out this yard:

This is my buddy Dave's, and he nailed it. Couldn't have done a better job.
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Great job and just what I am looking for. Do you think plywood front would work with stainless steel laminated to it would work instead of cement blocks
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Old 05-25-2014, 10:40 AM   #38
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Now, that is really nice. My Wife & I are wanting to do something very similar. Hopefully the HOA will approve!


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