I am new here but stumbled upon the site in search of how to build a BBQ Island. I have a Big Green Egg and I do not want to have the Egg in the Island but next to it. I want to build sort of an Island that is 4-5 ft long x 2 ft wide. This will give me allot of prep space and allot of storage for all the Egg/serving stuff. I want to to last more than a few years. It will have multiple cabinet doors/drawers. I can get the stainless doors/drawers online.
My questions are for people that make things. This is going on a second story deck and I want this thing movable (in case I need to paint/clean the deck/railing) and I am worried about weight. I would put small casters on it. I am looking into construction materials to build this myself (where I can).
For the outside I am thinking of the fake stone veneer - or real stone veneer if I can find it. The fake stuff is very light. I am not a detailed carpenter so my fine wood working skills would not work for molding and trim.
The top would be a piece of stone (I do not think granite as I want it durable and since it will be uncovered for the most part). The top must be able to accommodate placing the hot grates/ceramic stones on it and must be easy to clean (grease). So either a cut stone which will get very expensive like quartz or possible poor a concrete top and throw some colored dye/rocks/etc into it. I am worried about the weight of the concrete. I could also use a few layers of harveybacker/waterproofing material and tile the top. My concerns are can the tile hold a 200-600 ceramic stone without cracking? Being I live in the northeast will the tile work from the hot humid summers to the freezing cold winters and not crack and especially the grout lines?
My concerns on the framing. Would wood 2x4's be too heavy and should I look at the metal studs? But are they strong enough for a moving cart (not hat ? I would cover the frame/bottom in harveybacker(cement board) and cutout the door/drawers holes. The bottom would have a 3/4 plywood for support as well. I would also have shelves inside possible made of harveybacker or maybe even cheap painted plywood for shelves.
Any other ideas? I want to start this maybe this weekend but I need to make sure my plan is good.