Outdoor Kitchen Sink
How To Transform Your Life And Your
An outdoor kitchen sink is
like the basic black dress or blue suit.
And an outdoor kitchen
really needs is a single accessory -- one
head-turning gem -- a kitchen sink!
It's bliss to wash produce outdoors, fill pots for
boiling water, rinse hands and utensils, and clean up when your done.
This is even truer if you plan to begin and end most days
in your ristorante alfresco!
You'll see lots of small bar sinks
installed in lieu of full size outdoor kitchen sinks, and they
get the job done okay. But for many, bigger and deeper is
Stainless steel rules, but there are plenty of
other materials and mounting styles. And don't forget the
faucet -- you'll need these, too.
The Guide looks
at all of these. Use it to find the splash-happy sink
and outdoor kitchen faucet that's right for
If you don't plan to wash dishes outdoors, you can get
by with just cold water. And you can use a water line from the house
or a garden house.
For hot water, you'll need a line
from the house. Or heat up cold water with a small under-sink water
sink's drain line can be tied to the house's drainage system or a
separate dry well.
you can install a gray-water tank. Then re-purpose the used water
for the landscape plants. Just make sure the soaps are
the sink won't be used that much, you can collect the water
underneath the sink with a bucket.
outdoor sink needs a shut-off valve so you can drain the system
before winter weather sets in.
Stainless steel is durable and readily available in
every shape, size, and price range. But there are lots of other
outdoor sink materials.
Porcelain enamel looks like ceramic, but is more
Stone basins are the most durable, and cooper develops
a beautiful patina with age.
If the sink material can be scratched or chipped, it's
better used under a shelter or roof -- like in a
gazebo or pergola. In an exposed area, be sure the
outdoor kitchen sink material is weather worthy.
Here are some materials you can expect to find in
the different outdoor kitchen sink types.
Stainless Steel - $-$$$
Polished stone - $$$
Solid Surface - $$
Seamless sink & counter can be molded
Lots of colors, shapes, sizes & styles
Resists scratches & dents
Not heat resistant
Scratches can be sanded out
Porcelain Enamel - $$
Concrete - $$-$$$
Copper - $$
Outdoor Kitchen Sink
fit into a hole cut into the counter. And they're easy to
Undermount sinks. Easy to clean, but
difficult to install because they need a perfect, polished-edge
Farmhouse sinks. These are freestanding
basins. They're mounted flush with the front of the cabinet. So
they're easy to reach.
Integrated sinks. These feature
seamless construction, making them an integrated part of the
Vessel sinks. These are small, decorative bowls that sit on top of
the outdoor kitchen counter.
Bar centers. This drop-in sink is a pre-assembled modular unit
that contains a bar sink, a cooler and condiment bin all in
Faucets are made from stainless steel.
A faucet with solid brass insides and ceramic disk
valves lasts longest.
And there is plenty of variety in outdoor kitchen
You can get a faucet with knobs or levers,
single-handle, or double-handled, long neck, short neck, fixed
position or adjustable, and with or without sprayers or soap
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