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Old 05-13-2010, 07:29 PM
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The wife and I have pretty much decided on a drop-in ice bin instead of a fridge -- figure the times we'd really use it (ie, parties, etc), we could just fill it up with a couple bags of ice and drop in a couple cases of beer and/or soda.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:38 PM
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Actually, a friend suggested building an ice box into the kitchen with a drain valve. That sounded like a neat idea. I'm still debating though.. sure would be nice to have that fridge.
So cheat. Go ahead and run the wires as if you were going to put in the fridge. If the ice box doesn't work out exchanging it for a fridge won't be much of a hassle.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:40 PM
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The wife and I have pretty much decided on a drop-in ice bin instead of a fridge -- figure the times we'd really use it (ie, parties, etc), we could just fill it up with a couple bags of ice and drop in a couple cases of beer and/or soda.
I like that idea, too. Just remember to consider draining in your plans - getting ice in is much easier than getting water out unless you have some sort of drain.
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:05 PM
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I'm tempted to modify a cooler to be a standup cooler with a plexi partition which I can put ice in. That way the back is full of ice while the front is like a fridge. The lid would become a door and to fill it I'd just slide it out and open a door I'd make in the now top of the cooler. hmmmmmm

The original idea was something like a bench but one thing I hate is asking people to move so I can get something out of their seat.. very annoying.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:04 PM
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I'm in Virginia and it is 100 deg today, I bought an inexpensive $100 fridge probably 5 years ago and use it in my outdoor kitchen without problems. I bring it in the winter and put it back out. I could replace this fridge 7-10 x for the price of an outdoor fridge but I haven't had to, and it works great.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:47 AM
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I have a small fridge that sits on my back patio that is always stocked with drinks, but it's not really close to my outdoor kitchen. I have fridge on my grill, but it never gets used b/c it is just too hot out there and seems like a wate of energy to run it. I am getting ready to redo my outdoor kitchen and I may incorporate an ice box into it. Seems like a simple way to keep things cool.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:50 PM
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An outdoor kitchen without a fridge is incomplete and not really a kitchen. A bit like a bathroom without bath, only a shower!
I have a smaller 2 door fridge freezer in my outdoor kitchen as well as the Engel 39l car fridge which I use when friends bring over their drinks for a pizza.
The larger fridge freeze holds all the dough if left overnight to proof and more importantly the toppings when prepared for putting out on the assembly bench in the bain marie trays. These are invaluable, easy to use and wash and have a transparent lid.
If you are going to do an outdoor kitchen, you need to do it properly to get the most and best from it. It is also an investment and will encourage you to use it more.

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Old 07-01-2010, 05:06 PM
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I did go for an outdoor fridge that you can set temperatures for either side...great for red wine in one side and toppings or beer in the other. It is nice to have your toppings already out there before a party. I do unplug it in between events so cost of running it is low. The cost of the fridge is another thing. These units can handle the outdoor conditions and even heat to keep temperature in the winter.

Now I've to to think about putting in that sink!
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Old 07-03-2010, 02:02 PM
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What brand and where did you get the refrigerator?
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:05 PM
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Its a Franklin Chef and I got it off the web somewhere. I saw it at Home depot's Expo when they were still open, but I found it for less online. Not a lot of choices for one that's outdoor rated. This one's kinda cool with glass doors and lights inside.

How's your project going?
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