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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.
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: