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|Design for 5' BBQ Island|
|A 5' wide BBQ Island is as small as you can go and still have it be functional. The diagram below depicts the grill in the middle. However, many people find that having it offset to the right or left is much more desirable. It gives you a much larger space to set plates or prepare food. If you offset the grill you should center the access doors or storage drawer under the grill. It looks much better.
Some people choose to construct their BBQ Islands out of cinder blocks and others use steel studs. Both have their merits. If your island has curves in it then, cinder block is the way to go. If you are trying to maximize internal storage space, steel studs are the best choice. The main thing to remember is that the spacing of your components is critical to your BBQ island's usefulness. As long as you are purchasing medium to high end cooking components, the spacing of the equipment is probably more important than the actual components. If you can't set a plate down next to your grill, you will be unhappy with the finished product.
Steel Stud Island construction: