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Brauma 09-06-2007 06:19 PM

Greetings from Virginia
 
Just wanted to say hi. Im in the design process of an Outdoor Kitchen project and I happened upon this site. Looks like I have a lot of searching and reading to do in the Outdoor Kitchen Design Forum. I'm looking forward to it.

My kitchen will focus mainly on BBQ. I have a big smoker that I want to get under roof along with a Weber charcoal grill. I also plan to get a Big Green Egg. A pizza oven is drawn in the plans but Im not sure if I can afford it at this time so I want to design the counter top with a pizza oven in mind for the future.

Thanks and I'm off to read in the kitchen forum now.

DrakeRemoray 09-06-2007 06:31 PM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
Welcome! Let us know if you have questions. One warning, you are going to want that oven sooner rather than later once you start reading...

Brauma 09-06-2007 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by DrakeRemoray (Post 14834)
Welcome! Let us know if you have questions. One warning, you are going to want that oven sooner rather than later once you start reading...

Thanks. First things first, though. I have to get the stamped concrete patio down first. (Thats what we decided on after pricing pavers) Then the roof structure. We want a 12x12 Outdoor Kitchen aka BBQ Cabana under roof. I have in my mind 4 big cedar posts (I already have the cedar logs) then a cedar shaked pyramid roof with a cupola on top with a ceiling fan drawing the heat & smoke up & out.

After the roof is up then I can build the cabinets and counter tops. Then I can move in all my existing BBQ equipment. After all that is said & done then hopefully I'll have the $ to install a pizza oven. Ive got a long ways to go.

Great forum BTW.

Pannabecker 09-07-2007 10:25 AM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
Where are you in VA? I live in Natural Bridge, southwestern VA. I'm in the process of building an outdoor kitchen. The wood fired oven and BBQ are built but not stuccoed yet. We've used the wfo more than the bbq so far. It's easy to get carried away expanding the kitchen once you get started. Good luck. Karen

Brauma 09-07-2007 11:02 PM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
Hi Karen, I'm in Goochland. (God's Country) LOL

I have fond memories of the Natural Bridge area. One of my hiking buddies was from that area. He passed away years ago. We were featured in BackPacker magazine & AOL online for the first annual tag-team Thru hike.

Do you have pics of your Kitchen so far?

Thanks

Pannabecker 09-08-2007 05:12 AM

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Mark,

Where was your thru hike, the Appalachian Trail? I had to look up Goochland on a map. My husband heard of it but I hadn't. I'm attaching a picture I took yesterday of our outdoor kitchen. The cabinet with an eat up bar will be closer to the pizza oven but is now pushed back until the stuccoing is done. There will also be some kind of work space between the oven and bbq and the concrete will be stained a rusty color. We put the rafters up on the pergola yesterday and have yet to put smaller boards on top of them to create even more shade. It's a fun project. Karen

maver 09-08-2007 06:43 AM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
Karen, beautiful design, please send more pictures as you make progress on your project!

CanuckJim 09-08-2007 08:07 AM

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Karen,

An enthusiastic second from me on Maver's comment. It's just splendid.

Jim

Pannabecker 09-09-2007 06:38 PM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
Thanks Maver and Jim,

This kitchen has been so much fun. I've recently finished (after 2 1/2 years) rehabbing an old house that was in horrible shape. That work HAD to be done. This project was not a necessity and I think that's why it's been so enjoyable. Building it has probably been as much fun as using the oven and bbq so far. Today I ordered 2 of Peter Reinhardt's book, American Pie and The Apprentice Bread Baker (or something like that). Can't wait to get them and experiment some more.

Thanks for the kind words. Karen

Brauma 09-09-2007 07:56 PM

Re: Greetings from Virginia
 
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Originally Posted by Pannabecker (Post 14880)
Mark,

Where was your thru hike, the Appalachian Trail? I had to look up Goochland on a map. My husband heard of it but I hadn't.

Karen, I participated in the AOL/ Backpacker Magazine Tag Team Thru Hike in 1995 (I think it was 95). I didn't do the whole AT, just a segment - 34 miles. A small banner was carried and passed all the way. This was back when AOL and chat rooms were in their infancy. There was an AT hiking "room" and people started talking about getting together and hiking and the idea of the tag team hike developed. Kinda cool. Maybe historic actually.

Do you know Bill & Laurie Foot in Natural Bridge? Bill passed away several years ago. He was my hiking partner.


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