Re: Anyone ever make an island kitchen for a smoker/pit?
by DrDave on Fri Sep 14, 2007 4:09 pm
All of the island kitchens I have seen have always been for gas grills. I prefer wood and lump charcoal but also like the looks of the outdoor kitchens.
I've got a pretty good size deck and could probably accomodate a kitchen if I wanted to. Anyone ever seen one designed to house a pit/smoker? I would think it could be done as long as everything was modular.
Dr.Dave, any experience with something like this?
You guys are going to test me right away, no rest for the wicked... 8)
Well I have never done it and I don't know of anyone who has, however this does fit into a design I have been giving thought to for some time now. Mine actually is a fireplace using my signature steel stud design but the same construction techniques would apply.
1. I would first build the island using steel studs and Hardie Backer the same as any propane drop in unit with this modification:
2. I would leave the opening normally reserved for the drop ins large enough to accomodate the following:
a. Cover the sides and bottom with 1/2" Hardie Backer ("HB" hereafter).
b. Then on top of the HB, a layer of fire brick on top of 1/2' of sand.
b. Cover the sides with fire brick as well.
d. Use sand to fill any gaps in the bottom layer. (just like doing pavers)
3. This whole arrangement would of course be the bottom and the fire pit for the smoker cover and apparatus for wood.
Here is where I would need an expert smoker person like Boardlaze or Civil Bear on the BBQG Forum to help out with the necessary hardware for making the smoker part a success.
4. You would need a sheet metal shop to form and weld the rest.
5. Don't forget an intake vent and a baffled exhaust for temperature control. Again a good question for the expert smokers.
That would be my plan. If anyone takes on this challenge, please take pictures of every step.