Insight: Designing an outdoor kitchen that can cope with UK weather

InsightFeatures Fri 3rd May 2024 by KBBFocus

Insight: Designing an outdoor kitchen that can cope with UK weather

Insight: Designing an outdoor kitchen that can cope with UK weather

Manuel Lasar and Knud Augustin, co-founders of German gas barbecue specialist Flammkraft, offer their tips for designing an outdoor kitchen that can withstand whatever the British weather throws at it.

Q: The trend for outdoor kitchens seems to be gaining ground in spite of the elements – why?
A: A recent Uswitch study, ranked outdoor kitchens among the UK's top home improvement projects, and the appeal of outdoor kitchen spaces in the UK, despite the unpredictable weather, can be attributed to several factors. Firstly, there's a growing appreciation for outdoor living and entertaining. People enjoy the experience of cooking, dining and socialising in the open air, which complements the British love of nature, gardening and outdoor activities. Also, advancements in outdoor kitchen technology have made it easier to design spaces that are both functional and resistant to the UK's variable conditions. High-quality, weather-resistant materials and appliances ensure that these kitchens can be enjoyed year-round, transforming outdoor spaces into versatile living areas. And we all live in hope of beautiful weather!

Flammkraft's Block D and Block M

Q: What are the key elements to bear in mind?
A: Designing an outdoor kitchen requires careful consideration:
1 – Weather Resistance: Choose materials and appliances that can withstand wind and rain, and intense heat and sunshine. For work surfaces, consider using durable and hygienic porcelain, and cabinetry made from oiled hard wood. And select cooking appliances crafted from high-quality stainless steel.
2 – Functionality: Power and plumbing should be considered from the outset and the layout should promote a practical workflow, incorporating areas for cooking, preparation, and cleaning, as well as comfortable dining spaces.
3 – Lighting: Adequate lighting is essential for both safety and ambience. Include task lighting for cooking areas and softer lighting for dining and relaxation zones.
Storage: Weatherproof storage solutions are crucial for gas bottles, utensils, cooking equipment, and non-perishable items.

Block M outdoor kitchen module

Q: When it comes to appliances, what should designers bear in mind?
A: Prioritise durability, energy efficiency, and versatility in outdoor appliances. Look for products capable of enduring harsh conditions, especially near the sea, without compromising performance. It’s also important to select appliances and accessories that meet the specific cooking needs and preferences of the homeowner, whether that's a high-performance grill or a pizza oven. Flammkraft's Block D offers a professional-style grill that uses less gas compared to other barbecues on the market, thanks to its infra-red gas burners. It can be installed either freestanding or built-in for the ultimate design flexibility, while its dishwasher-safe parts and a spill-proof grilling surface make it easy to clean and maintain. 

Block D Infra-red Gas Grill

For frequent outdoor entertainers, extra worktop or storage might be required. The Flammkraft Block M outdoor kitchen module features a solid 4mm worktop, push-to-open drawers, a kitchen-roll holder, extra-stable stainless-steel containers, oiled oak chopping and serving board, spacious drawers with brushed steel fronts, waste bin and storage and cleaning box. As well as providing additional food prep and storage space, it also makes an excellent outdoor bar!

Q: What are the mistakes to avoid?
A: Key pitfalls include neglecting the impact of weather on materials and appliances, overlooking the importance of a well-thought-out layout, and underestimating the need for adequate ventilation and lighting – especially at night. Additionally, ensuring that the layout facilitates a seamless cooking and dining experience, with safety and functionality in mind, is paramount. 

Pizza accessory with Block D

Q: What are the advantages for designers in choosing Flammkraft products for their projects?
A: Designers benefit from Flammkraft's commitment to quality, innovation, and design excellence. Our products are crafted to withstand the UK's diverse weather, ensuring longevity and performance. Additionally, our range offers a distinctive aesthetic and versatility, fitting seamlessly into various design styles from contemporary to traditional. We provide comprehensive support to designers, from product selection to aftercare, ensuring that every outdoor kitchen project is a success. 

Wok accessory with Block D

Top image: Manuel Lasar, left, and Knud Augustin, right, founders of Flammkraft.

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