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How to Buy Outdoor Sinks & Bar Centers
Once you've determined that you're ready to add a sink and faucet to your outdoor kitchen, it is important to consider these things to ensure you make a great purchase for many years to come.
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Choosing an Outdoor Kitchen Sink
The number one complaint we hear from people who built an outdoor kitchen without a sink is the hassle of having to run inside so often. Have you ever seen a kitchen without a sink? For the same reason, a sink is an essential component for any outdoor kitchen.
There is not much of a difference between outdoor sinks and their indoor counterparts. They perform the same functions, and are generally offered in similar styles. Due to being outdoors however, they will likely be exposed to more wear simply due to exposure to the elements. It is important to purchase an outdoor kitchen sink built from a quality, high grade material to limit corrosion, , especially if you live near salt water. BBQGuys recommends 304 grade stainless steel, which is more durable and corrosion-resistant than other materials.
Other metals that work well are brass and copper. Both will develop a patina, a color-changing effect as they oxidize over a prolonged period of time, which creates a protective barrier against further deterioration. Copper has the added value of being a natural anti-bacterial. Additionally, some outdoor sinks are made of a granite composite that is typically stain, scratch, and heat resistant (and many models include silver ions for their anti-bacterial quality).
The major consideration for installing any outdoor kitchen sink will be the cost of plumbing. Hot and cold water will need to be run to your outdoor bar sink, so remember to get an estimate from your plumber while planning your overall outdoor kitchen budget. Sinks come in several sizes and styles, from small bar sinks ranging from 12-16 inches wide, to large double basin sinks which can reach 36 inches in width. Finally, you will need to clean your outdoor kitchen sink consistently, and we recommend covering it during the off-season.
Choosing an Outdoor Bar Center
Bar centers are great for keeping everything you need to entertain all in one place. Most bar centers will contain a sink and faucet, as well as an ice bin cooler. Some models will have helpful extra features like bottle openers, condiment holders, or garnish stations. They can be upgraded with bar speed rails or bottle holders to keep all of your liquor and mixers within arm’s reach. Just like with your outdoor kitchen sink, you’ll want to look for a bar center constructed from a high grade, outdoor-friendly material. This will help to keep your bar center shining like new for years to come.
At BBQGuys, we have everything you need to transform your outdoor space into the perfect place to cook for, socialize with, and entertain the ones you love. Whether you are designing an outdoor kitchen and need the perfect sink, or want to show off your mixology skills by adding an outdoor bar to your home, we have the supplies and knowledge you need. Our BBQ experts are standing by seven days a week to answer any questions you may have at 1-877-743-2269.