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Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Get You Started

Chapter 5 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Over the last few months, we’ve covered several blog topics to help you get your outdoor kitchen started the right way. From choosing kitchen appliances to establishing your kitchen zones, you should now have almost everything you need. Even though summer is winding down and you may not want to begin building your outdoor kitchen yet, now is the perfect time to start the brainstorming process.

At LanChester Grill & Hearth, our goal is to make this as easy as possible for you and guide you every step of the way. In this final chapter of our outdoor kitchen guide, we provide you with a few visual examples of outdoor kitchen designs that will really jump-start creativity. Continue reading Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Get You Started

Choosing the Right Materials for Your Outdoor Kitchen

outdoor stonework on patio

Chapter 4 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Kitchen placement? Check. Kitchen zones? Check. Outdoor kitchen appliances? Double check. By now, you should be just about ready (or finished!) with your outdoor kitchen design plans. The only thing left to do is the fun part of designing your entertainment area—choosing the materials!

Over the last few chapters in our Outdoor Kitchen Guide series, we’ve walked through several elements and steps that it takes to create an outdoor kitchen. If you’ve been following along, all of the major aspects of your open air kitchen should be just about complete. The final stages of the design process are typically the most enjoyable, but it’s easy to forget that your outdoor kitchen is not the same as your indoor one. That’s why, in this chapter, we’re reviewing a few common materials and whether or not they’re appropriate for your new outdoor entertaining areas.

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Selecting Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Poolside outdoor kitchen

Chapter 3 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

An outdoor kitchen layout can range from a simple grill and countertop setup, to an elaborate kitchen with multiple cooking zones and outdoor refrigeration. If you’ve read through the first two chapters in our ultimate outdoor kitchen guide, you already know how much planning goes into designing your outdoor kitchen space. Now that you have the general layout figured out, it’s time to decide on what appliances you’ll want to install.

In this chapter of our LanChester Grill & Hearth Outdoor Kitchen Guide, we’re highlighting a variety of appliances that we commonly see featured in outdoor kitchens. Continue reading Selecting Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances

Outdoor Kitchen Plans: Figuring Out Kitchen Zones

people eating outdoors

Chapter 2 — Outdoor Kitchen Guide

Your new outdoor kitchen is so close that you can almost taste those perfect grill marks on your next steak. You can’t help but visualize your family playing in the backyard as you cook a hearty meal, enjoying that much-desired outdoor time with them. Yet there’s still one thing missing—where are you going to put everything?

When it comes to outdoor kitchen designs for your new space, there’s a lot to consider. Even if you’ve already decided on the placement of your kitchen and appliances, there’s at least one more aspect that LanChester Grill & Hearth suggests looking at: kitchen zones.

In this second chapter of our outdoor kitchen plans series, we’re sharing the four types of kitchen zones: cooking, prep, plating/serving, and entertaining. Each of these zones can also be classified as either hot, cold, wet, or dry, and they will help keep your outdoor cooking as organized as possible. Continue reading Outdoor Kitchen Plans: Figuring Out Kitchen Zones

Your Outdoor Cooking Station: Determining Place & Purpose

Grilling outdoors

Chapter 1 – Outdoor Kitchens

Having an outdoor cooking station is a luxury that most homeowners and grilling enthusiasts only dream of. Being able to cook, entertain, and store food all in one outdoor area is a useful amenity to anyone looking to increase the value of their home or to improve the amount of quality time that is spent with their family. When you work with LanChester Grill & Hearth to design your outdoor kitchen, that dream can easily become a reality.

Now that you’ve determined you want to make the investment in an outdoor kitchen, there are a lot of seemingly daunting tasks that go along with the decision-making process. In this first chapter of our outdoor kitchen post series, LanChester Grill will walk you through how to hone in on optimizing the function and location of the cooking station in your new outdoor kitchen. Continue reading Your Outdoor Cooking Station: Determining Place & Purpose

How to Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen design process

As summer sizzles closer, daydreams of outdoor entertaining and the smell of grilled foods start to waft through many homeowners’ minds. The cold grip of winter begins to loosen and everyone spends more time outdoors. While a gas or charcoal grill can be great for anyone’s outdoor cooking needs, sometimes the lack of space or bringing food in and out of the kitchen can be a hassle. So the question is…why not bring the kitchen to you instead?

Fortunately, people have been cooking outdoors for centuries—whether it’s over a camp fire, a grill, or in an oven, the timeless tradition of outdoor cooking doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. That’s why we’re beginning a new post series that will walk you through every step and detail of planning for your outdoor kitchen. From placement to design, make sure you stop back to our blog frequently in the coming months to check for the next blog installment in this series. Continue reading How to Design Your Dream Outdoor Kitchen

What is an Infrared Gas Grill and How Does it Work?

Steak on a grill

One of the latest trends in outdoor grilling is the growing popularity of the infrared grill. Once a feature only available on high-end models, infrared technology has gone mainstream, showing up in grills at many price points. But what is an infrared grill and should you be thinking about adding this latest technology to your grilling arsenal?

Today, we take a closer look at infrared grills and help you decide whether this technology is right for you. Continue reading What is an Infrared Gas Grill and How Does it Work?

Discover the Mendota Fireplace Secret

Wide Grace Room Fireplace

Have you grown tired of the mess and hassle of your wood-burning fireplace? Would you love to add the ambiance, comfort, and beauty of a fireplace to just about any room in the house? A gas fireplace could be the solution for you!

Once shunned as fake imitations of the real thing, gas fireplaces have vastly improved in recent years. Gas fireplaces from Mendota are a prime example, combining stylish beauty and clean, efficient heat that we’re proud to recommend to our customers every day.

If you’re ready to ditch the mess and hassle of your wood-burning fireplace or want a fireplace that really makes a statement, it’s time you discover the secret behind one of the best gas fireplace brands in the business. Continue reading Discover the Mendota Fireplace Secret

Fireplace Mantel Ideas You’ll Love

Minimalist wide fireplace

You love your fireplace for the cozy warmth that it brings to your home on cold winter nights, but when was the last time you thought about your fireplace’s facade or mantel and how it can also be a focal point in your decorating scheme?

No matter the overall style of your home – from traditional 1800s farmhouse to mid-century ranch to contemporary suburban family home – there’s a mantel design that will look great. Whether you prefer to highlight artwork, enjoy displaying collections, or appreciate a more minimalist look, your mantel can complement your fireplace, the room it’s in, or your entire home.

Check out some of our favorite ideas here, and also be sure to take a look at a few of our recently completed fireplace projects for even more inspiration! Continue reading Fireplace Mantel Ideas You’ll Love

9 Tips to Keep Your Fireplace Running Efficiently This Winter

Relaxing near the fireplace

Do you love the warm glow of your fireplace on a cold winter night, but wish it could warm your home more efficiently? While most homeowners don’t count on their fireplaces as a primary source of heat, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be nice to turn the main thermostat down a bit and save some money on your heating bills.

Fortunately, there are some great ways to improve your fireplace’s efficiency and keep your home cozier throughout the winter. Here are our best tips for getting the most from your fireplace this winter. Continue reading 9 Tips to Keep Your Fireplace Running Efficiently This Winter