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Design for 7' BBQ Island
Increasing the width of you BBQ Island will allow you to add a second cooking component. You may think you can squeeze a second cooking device into a 5' island, but you will be unhappy with your decision. It simply does not leave enough room to set things on the counter. Adding a side burner really expands the variety of food you can prepare in your outdoor kitchen. With a side burner you can fry turkeys, simmer marinades and cook food in a wok. Personally my favorite use for it, is to blacken fish. I love it, but it produces a lot of smoke and I am hesitant to cook it inside. A side burner was an easy solution to this problem. In the diagram below the two components are evenly spaced on the counter top. You may want to consider pushing both units to the outside of the island. This creates a large working space between the two units making prep and cooking much easier.

BBQ Island - 7 ft
BBQ Island - 7 ft

7 ft BBQ Island - Front View
  1. Grills: 24", 26", 30", 32", 36"
  2. Side Burners: single or double
  3. Access Doors: single, double or combo unit
  4. Storage drawers: single, double, triple or combo unit

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:
  • .20g or .25 gauge studs
  • 1/2"-3 x 5 or 1/2"- 4 x 8 sheets of Hardie backer board or Wonderboard
  • Fiberglass mess tape
  • High grade synthetic thinset
  • 1-1/2" Bugle Head self tapping screws
  • Sythetic stucco (dryvit or snergy)
  • Tile of choice
  • Grout of choice
Tools Needed:
  • Tape measure
  • Fine tip marker to mark the steel studs
  • Angle grinder with 3 wheels - cutoff, diamond blade and a metal grinding wheel
  • Right angle square
  • Drill with #2/bit
  • Tile saw
  • Thinset trowel
  • Grout Applicator
  • Sponge
  • Grout Sealer
  • Liquid Nails

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