BBQ Grill Islands & Outdoor Kitchen Kits FAQ

Building an outdoor kitchen, are we? Stressed about it? Need to… vent? Even if you don’t (let us commend your pun tolerance), your kitchen will — because appropriate ventilation solves a lot of its worst problems. For one, wafting smoke isn’t fantastic around the guests (and that’s after already interfering with your own breathing). However, there is a slightly bigger concern outside of comfort. Your house is probably quite flammable, and ventilation prevents your expensive investment from turning into a large explosive planted right next to it.

Don’t fret. While vent hoods might seem complicated, you can get ahead of the curve with a few simple rules of thumb. In our quest for such rules of thumb, we consulted our hardworking service representatives for their most common customer questions. Read on and you, too, can gain peace of mind and confidence in your outdoor kitchen project. Have questions not listed here? Our outdoor ventilation experts are standing by at 1-877-743-2269 to answer all your outdoor living questions.

What is an outdoor kitchen kit or BBQ grill island?


Featuring a built-in grill, storage components, and often bonus appliances and a side burner, BBQ grill islands are an increasingly popular and highly economic option for installing an outdoor kitchen base. They offer incredible value, rapidly boosting your private hosting opportunities without the hassle of working with contractors for weeks on end.

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Do these BBQ grill islands have to be permanently installed?


BBQ grill islands don’t necessarily have to be installed permanently. For instance, many of them can disassemble into their individual component pieces. These overlap with models on wheels or casters. Others are built to stay where they are. Ready-to-assemble islands aren’t made for the pick-up-and-go crowd, whereas a Blaze BBQ island can be easily broken down and rebuilt elsewhere.

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What framing materials do your BBQ grill islands use?


Our grill islands are framed with stainless steel and aluminum. Stainless steel carries a known quality pedigree; aluminum frames have a similarly solid reputation — plus, they don’t rust and are lighter and easier to move.

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Are all of your BBQ Grill islands sold in complete sets, or will I need to purchase additional components or accessories?


These are complete islands that arrive with all components necessary. Now, one size doesn’t fit all, so we do offer upgrades — expect these to include covers, extended warranties, and grill accessories tailored to the specific grill included. Of note, warranties are usually offered per component, whereas the grill warranty covers the island.

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Do I need an electrician or plumber to install a BBQ grill island?


Plumbers are a requirement for natural gas islands, but there’s no need for one if all you need to do is fetch a standard propane tank… well, with one caveat. If you want a sink — which means running water and drainage — then check out our Sink FAQ and get yourself a good plumber. Electricians aren’t usually necessary unless you’re working with Coyote Outdoor Living’s electrical systems. Those need 120V power, which is better off in the hands of the professionals.

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Will all of my outdoor kitchen components arrive at the same time?


Generally speaking, all components arrive together — especially with Coyote Outdoor Living, TEC, Blaze, Weber, Tytus, and on. Mont Alpi will occasionally ship components separately. Arriving together isn’t always a guarantee (after all, life happens), but, based on the manufacturer, it’s a pretty safe bet.

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How many people are required to uncrate and set up an island?


Uncrating and setting up a BBQ island will always require at least one other pair of hands, but the exact number of friends you’ll need to bribe will vary on the brand. Some are simpler than others, but each component still arrives in its own box and needs assembly. With those heavier grills, you’ll absolutely need a solid lifting buddy.

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Will the shipper deliver my grill island where I want, or will it be curbside delivery?


Every BBQ island we ship will arrive curbside. In most cases, the islands will be packed onto one or two pallets. You can expect those to be fairly heavy. Be certain to inspect all components for shipping damage — the last thing you want is to order a grill island in April, not get around to installation until August, and encounter an issue!

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How heavy or hard to move will my complete BBQ island be?


Complete BBQ islands vary in weight and difficulty of maneuverability. What we can tell you is that this is mostly a materials situation: aluminum is light, whereas stone-faced isn’t. We list out the product weight in the shipping dimensions of every grill island we sell; some of them require serious heavy lifting. In rare cases, you’ll probably need a forklift. While we understand the thrill of opening boxes, we heavily recommend first fetching a friend to help move everything to the area where you plan to install your island.

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Do grill islands built on casters have locking casters?


Yes, the BBQ islands on casters definitely lock into place. We don’t want those rolling off somewhere or taking a dip in the pool.

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Are casters available for all BBQ islands?


Some BBQ island brands utilize normal feet for all models and don’t offer casters.

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Do the BBQ island’s electrical components need to be hard-wired, or do they plug into an outlet?


We don’t carry any BBQ islands that require hard wiring — you can plug them all into any standard 120V electrical outlet.

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Can I install a BBQ grill island against a wall or a fence?


If it complies with the required clearance to combustibles of the individual components, then you can install your grill island against a surface (for example. Blaze grills require a 16” clearance of open air from the grill back). It should come as no surprise that installing a gas grill up against anything combustible is a terrible idea in all cases. If there will be a structure overhead, you’ll need to follow your local code and regulations on vent hoods (and we can teach you how to buy a vent hood). The owner’s manual will list instructions for each of the individual components included in the island.

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Does the countertop arrive sealed, or will it require sealing out of the box?


Any BBQ islands we offer with countertops made of materials that need sealing will arrive pre-sealed upon delivery. Most of our BBQ Islands on offer are made from materials that do not require sealing, such as stainless steel. Learning more about countertops for your outdoor kitchen can teach you similar pros and cons.

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Do grill islands include leveling shims?


Generally, no, BBQ islands don’t include leveling shims. Refer to your owner’s manual, but most BBQ islands specify that they should be placed on level ground — which means no leveling feet or leveling shim.

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Do all BBQ islands have floors?


While this depends on the brand — for instance, Blaze cabinets don’t, whereas Weber does — the models with casters are more likely to have a floor. You have to bolt the casters to something, right? Some models are designed to be purposefully open bottom.

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Have any other questions? Don’t fret! Our brilliant outdoor living professionals are standing by to take your call on BBQ grill islands (or any other products we offer). Feel free to give them a ring at 1-877-743-2269.

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