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irelande5 09-07-2012 10:17 AM

BBQ Coach
Hi all, just wondering if anyone has used the company BBQ coach, they sell prefab, and ready to install cabinets for outdoor applications. Thanks, Pat

deejayoh 09-07-2012 10:44 AM

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I looked at their stuff but didn't see the reason to buy a kit. You can build the same thing in a day with some Trex, 25-gauge metal studs, self-tapping screws, and hardibacker. All available at your local hardware store.

One tip, get a chop saw to cut the studs. Saves a lot of time and improves accuracy

If you can build a WFO - you can certainly build your own cabinets :D

GianniFocaccia 09-07-2012 12:15 PM

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Hi Dennis,

I was thinking of using Trex under the steel studs on my dome enclosure. Do you think this is really required?

deejayoh 09-07-2012 01:01 PM

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John -
No, not for the oven house. I only used Trex where the cabinets came in contact with the ground so that I wouldn't have moisture issues. (Actually, I used a trex knock-off that I got out of the bargain bin for a buck a foot. That was a deal.) But the oven house should be sealed well enough that moisture coming up from the bottom is not an issue

GianniFocaccia 09-08-2012 10:41 AM

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Thanks. I was hoping to hear that. It's up to me to make sure my enclosure is competent enough to weather the 3-4mo 'rainy' season we got here in SoCal.

irelande5 09-09-2012 06:55 AM

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Hi Dennis,

thanks for the reply, appreciate your vote of confidence, but I have never built framing before, but you are right, if I can install an oven, I should be able to do this. Do you know of any reference books or sites that can help with design?

How did you secure your faming down, through the trex into the concrete? I have a retaining wall that I am placing my cabinets agaisnt, looks like you do as well. I was worried about securing cabinets to wall because retaining wall is poured concrete with a footer, and the slab is floating.

I have an electric compound miter saw, would that work if I got a metal blade for a chop saw?

Take care, pat

irelande5 09-09-2012 06:57 AM

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Also, really like your stone veneer, can I ask what type/brand that is?

deejayoh 09-09-2012 10:00 AM

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Pat -

On the "how to" front, I just looked for images of metal stud BBQ frames on the internet. There were a few "eHow" like guides that were crap. I copied what I saw, the only trick you need to know is how to cut the "track" to overlap the corner

I screwed the framing to the back of the retaining wall, and through the trex to the patio pavers. My pavers are floating on a gravel bed like your slab is - but I don't think the pavers are going to move as they are locked in by the "U" shape of my retaining wall. I guess there is some risk that the pavers will sink over time, but I figured I was better off locking the cabinets square.

One thing that you will find in working with the metal studs is that the construction seems totally flimsy until you get the sheathing on it. Sheathing + studs, it is rock solid.

On the saw - I used a 10" carbon chop-saw blade on my 12" miter saw. You get lots of sparks, but it works. The 12" chop-saw blades have a different sized hole, so you can't use them. There are also miter saw specific blades that are made for steel studs - but they are $50 and the chop saw blades are about $7-8. You decide ;)

The stone veneer is from a friend's BBQ project. He bought too much so I benefited from "free" :D. I don't know the brand, but it is real stone, glued together. I think it is slate. I am looking forward to getting it installed!

irelande5 09-09-2012 10:14 AM

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Thank Dennis, looks great, thanks for the info and good luck with yours. take care

irelande5 09-09-2012 10:17 AM

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Sorry, one more question, how deep is your cabinets? I was looking for 24", didnt want to go deeper then that because it would impede entrance to wfo

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