October 4, 2021
An outdoor kitchen is one of the best things you can add to your yard. It increases your entertainment space and gives your family an extra set of tools to help prepare amazing meals that you can enjoy together. Though these areas are best for spring and summer use, there’s no reason that you can’t use them during the cooler months and even into the winter. You just need to get the space ready for the colder weather at the same time that you’re turning your attention to your Denver landscaping. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
Pay Attention to the Weather
If you have outdoor plumbing fixtures set up to make your kitchen space more usable, you’ll want to keep an eye on the weather conditions. If the temperatures are going to drop below freezing for several hours at a time, you’ll want to either leave the taps running overnight or shut off the water supply to the outdoor kitchen. This will keep the plumbing from freezing and reduces the risk of ruptured pipes ruining your outdoor kitchen and your home maintenance budget.
Invest in Outdoor Space Heaters
If you’re going to use your outdoor kitchen frequently, the last thing you want to deal with is having to bundle up just to cook your meal. If possible, invest in outdoor heaters to help you keep the kitchen area warm and comfortable while you’re working. Both propane and electric models work well and can stand up to the demands of Colorado weather without issue. Keep in mind that propane heaters may be more efficient in the long run, but they can cost more upfront. Shop around and choose the heaters that work best for your needs and your budget.
Clean Your Appliances
Keeping your appliances clean is tough when you’re using them often, but fall is the perfect time to give them a little extra TLC. Heat your grill to remove any food debris from the grates. Use a stiff-bristled metal brush to scrape away any remaining gunk and follow that up with a natural horsehair brush once the grill grates cool to remove any debris left behind by the metal brush. Remove the grates and use a degreaser to clean out your grill’s basin. This will get rid of debris and reduce the risk of rodents and unwanted pests nesting in your grill during the winter months. Even better, it will make cleaning your grill easier in the future.
Keeping Your Outdoor Kitchen in Good Shape Is Easy
Though you’ll likely want to spend more time preparing meals indoors once the temperatures start to drop, you can still get great use out of your space when fall is in full swing. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to prepare your outdoor kitchen for cooler weather without a problem. If you notice any issues or hazards in the course of your cold-weather preparations, don’t hesitate to contact our team and schedule a consultation. We’ll help you keep your kitchen running properly all winter long.