Hardtop Grill Gazebo – Grillzebo or DIY for the BBQ Lifestyle?
Adding a hardtop grill gazebo to your yard is a surefire way to spice up your outdoor BBQs and picnics. Whether going with a DIY gazebo, or a Grillzebo prefabricated option, you can prepare your meals in comfort rain or shine.
With a canopy overhead you can spend more time grilling and less time looking for shade or putting on sunblock. With a grill gazebo you can fry your hot dogs, hamburgers, and hot wings ... not your neck! When the rain clouds are threatening, you won't have to call off the party and go indoors, as the roof will keep you dry while grilling or enjoying your food.
Before you go out and buy a cheap gazebo canopy thinking it will work as a grill gazebo, stop! There are some considerations you need to take into account before going to look at prices. Not every canopy is going to be able to take the extra heat coming off your grill (and there are some which aren't even able to keep off the rain in any case), and there are a lot of other accessories that can make your weekend BBQ parties a lot more enjoyable for you and your guests.
Keeping Everything Straight: From Utensils to Shade
The thing about a grill gazebo is it's essentially nothing more than an outdoor kitchen. Nothing less than one too. While you won't have a bay window or refrigerator (most likely, you could if you wanted), there's still a lot of functionality that needs to be replicated. Places to prepare food, serve meals, store utensils, and of course house the grill.
At the same time there's additional complexity because the gazebo grill should be kept open so you can enjoy the outdoors, yet protected enough that the weather won't interrupt your afternoon BBQ. This can be a delicate balancing act, and one which may tip to one side or the other based on personal preference.
There are a few hard and fast rules though that can help you greatly when formulating your designs for a grill gazebo.
- Material Choice is of Utmost Importance
As with any outdoor structure, your grill gazebo is going to have to hold up against the elements. Rain, snow, and even the ultraviolet light from the sun can degrade the components, weakening them over time. With a grill gazebo you need to bear in mind also that there will be considerable heat coming off of the grill. This can make fabric canopies a bad choice for shading your grill. Going with a hardtop gazebo cover is definitely a good idea!
- Countertops Make Everything Easier
Having a smooth and flat surface to prepare food on can be a great addition to your patio BBQs. Instead of having to go indoors to marinate food, you can be out with the rest of the party fixing up the meal. Also, you have a great place to serve food from, or for smaller gatherings you can even eat your meals at the counter. Remember the first point though, these countertops need to be able to stand up to the weather. Natural stone like granite or slate countertops are great for all-weather applications.
- Match Your Gazebo to the Grill
This is an important point that can't be stressed enough. While you may be able to create a beautiful heavy duty gazebo without considering what grill will be used there, in the end you may end up ruining the look by adding in a grill that just doesn't match. So when designing your gazebo, make sure you have the type of grill you will be using in mind. This can help you keep the dimensions right, and make sure the decor follows the same themes.
- Overhead Protection isn't Enough
With BBQs extending into the evenings, mosquitoes can become a real nuissance. Luckily there are drop down screens available for most sizes of gazebos. If you go with a standard sized gazebo grill like 10 x 10 or 12 x 12, you surely can find screen panels that you can install to keep the mosquitoes and other biting insects out. With a screened grill gazebo you can extend your parties into the evenings without ending up itchy for it!
Bear these things in mind while planning your project, and you're more likely to be able to create a beautiful and functional addition to your home and garden.
Shining a Light on Planning Ahead
One thing aspect of outdoor furnishings and structures for your yard that is often overlooked is the lighting. It's an easy thing to lose track of in all the details. Materials, designs, styles, colors, and functionality all create a huge pile of options to sift through.
Overlooking lighting (and other electrical improvements) can be very costly though. With concrete foundations it can be difficult to run electric lines into existing structures, and so it's always better if you plan ahead so they can be included into the original build.
With lighting you have a lot of flexibility added to your outdoor parties and BBQs. Rather than beign forced indoors once the sun sets, you can stay out and enjoy the cool evenings. Bright lights for illuminating the grill are a good way to ensure your dinners come out cooked to perfection, while dimmer lights are great for setting a relaxed atmosphere through the night's festivities.
So think ahead, and include lighting plans in your designs for a grill gazebo. Doing so is somewhat like buying a second grill, only this one you can use at night!
All-in-One Solution: Grillzebo
If you're having trouble keeping all the possibilities straight, there's one way you can be sure to get everything you need in one easy step. That's to go with a Grillzebo outdoor kitchen. This is a great way to go about making sure your BBQs and picnics will come off smoothly, rather than scrambling at the last minute to prepare essentials that you forgot.
It's also a great way to add comfort and style to your patio or deck. A Grillzebo has fiber stone countertops that look great, and are sure to stand up to the outdoor environment. These countertops come in many different styles and colors, mimicking the look of natural stone counters. Because it's a composite material though, it won't weight down your Grillzebo though, which comes in handy when you want to move it around the patio or deck.
Of course with a hardtop roof made of metal, you won't have to worry about the heat coming off the grill or the elements degrading your cover either. The metal canopy is made of weather resistant and lightweight aluminum, so your entire outdoor kitchen can be at least somewhat portable.
Integrated into the Grillzebo hardtop cover are rechargeable LED lamps. This is important for those dinner parties where otherwise you might have trouble seeing what you're cooking. It also helps to create a beautiful outdoor environment even at night. With your Grillzebo lighted up, your home takes on a whole new look once the sun goes down!
You might think that going with a prefabricated kit like this would be limiting on your options, but the truth is with a Grillzebo outdoor kitchen you still have a lot of choices to make. For one, the grill itself isn't included. This means you can choose from any of your favorite brands or models so long as they are the right dimensions.