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Outdoor Bar FAQ'S


How do I integrate an outdoor bar with my outdoor kitchen?

Answer:
Your outdoor bar doesn't need to be built in to your outdoor kitchen. Many people choose to build it into a separate island away from it, or even in the same area. This all depends on your preference and the layout of your outdoor space.

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How do I add an ice maker to my outdoor bar?

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Yes. If your outdoor bar is already built if and you want to add an ice maker, there are many freestanding units available that can be put off to the side. To find the one that works for you check out our outdoor ice makers.

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Can I store other drinks in a kegerator?

Answer:
A kegerator is a great addition to an outdoor bar and it can also be used as a refrigerator. Many customers only use the kegs a few times a year, so they choose the smaller pony kegs because there is plenty of room left to store other items.

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Do I need an ice bin if I have an ice maker?

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If you add an ice maker into your outdoor bar there is no need for an ice bin, but ice bins are really convenient to store extra ice and keep beverages chilled. When your ice maker gets full, you can scoop the ice into the ice bin which is very convenient, especially when you are entertaining.

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Do I need special drainage for an ice maker?

Answer:
Most ice makers will need a way to drain condensation and melted ice, as the majority of ice bins are not refrigerated. There are typically three drain options when it comes to outdoor ice makers: gravity drains, drain pumps, and self-contained (no drain required).

• Gravity drain
If your ice maker will be located above a drain, then a gravity drain will be the right choice. Gravity drains use the force of gravity to pull the drainage downward, emptying out of the appliance and into your outdoor drain.

• Drain pump
If your outdoor ice maker will not be located closely to a drain, or if the water will not be draining in a downward direction, then a drain pump option is best. This type of drain, pumps the water out of the ice maker and into a nearby drain.

• No drain required
Some outdoor ice makers do not need drains, and are self-contained, such as most crescent ice makers.



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Do I need to vent an outdoor refrigerator?

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If you plan on building your refrigerator into an outdoor kitchen island, it is import to consider how the refrigerator vents, as well as its cutout dimensions. Front-vented refrigerators ventilate from the front of the appliance, and require no extra spacing around the refrigerator for ventilation when placed into your island cutout. If you already know your island's cutout dimensions for the refrigerator, you will need to find one with the proper width, depth, and height dimensions to ensure it fits properly.

Rear-vented refrigerators vent from the back side of the appliance. If you plan on installing a rear-vented refrigerator into your outdoor kitchen island, you should take into account the extra spacing needed around the refrigerator in your island cutout for proper ventilation. Ventilation requirements are published by the manufacturer. Many customers add island vent panels in the rear of their island to increase air flow.

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Do I have to add everything to my outdoor bar all at once?

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If you are building an outdoor bar and want all your components to be built in to your island than we suggest adding them in all at once. It is hard once construction is complete to add items later on, unless the items you are adding later are freestanding items that can be placed off to the side.

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What's the difference between a beverage cooler and a wine cooler?

Answer:
Wine should not be stored as cold as other beverages, therefore wine coolers are programmed to be set to a higher temperature range than a typical beverage refrigerator. A typical wine cooler is not made for temperatures below 46°. Wines stored too cold may lose their flavor or even become bitter. Make sure the cooling unit you purchase for your wine is specific to chilling wines. A beverage refrigerator was designed to keep drinks chilled and ready to consume without ice, therefore a beverage cooler adjusts to colder temperatures.



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