How to Adapt a Cooler to Fit Your Outdoor Kitchen How to Adapt a Cooler to Fit Your Outdoor Kitchen

Many people like to have an outdoor kitchen for the summer months. It allows for easier outdoor parties and grilling. But with so many markets and options out there, you may want to know how to make it work for you. Here are some basic info on how to find one and get it settled into your outdoor kitchen.

Step 1 - Choosing the Model

You will find all different sizes and types of coolers, so you may want to compare a few makes and models to find which one will suit your needs the best out of all of them. You can likely do this by comparing them at the store via prices and the features that they have. You can also compare them to what you want or need out of the cooler, like sizes, storage and power options.

Step 2 - Weather Proofing

You will most likely want a sturdier one than a portable foam based one, so plastic will be your best bet on a weather proof cooler. You may also find some that are metal, but plastic will likely be the most common that you will stumble upon during your quest to find the perfect cooler for your needs.

Step 3 - Power Options?

You will come across a few power options when you are looking to buy one. The most common runs either do not run on power or they run on batteries. Since most homes do not have power outlets outside, they cannot be plugged in to work. However, you may be able to find one if you look hard enough or buy one online. For the ones running on batteries, what type they run on will vary from make and model. The classic and temporary version uses ice to keep things cool in it.

Step 4 - Sizes

You will need to find one that will suit your storage needs and fit in your outdoor kitchen. If you kitchen is built already, a smaller college dorm sized one should be perfect for your needs. If you have yet to build one, you should plan the kitchen around the cooler and thus making the coolers size less limited or important.

The good news is that most are small in size and can easily fit under counter or tables if needed. The storage level should be the biggest issue that you will face. Many will only hold a few items in it at time, so depending on your needs you will want one to do the job for you. For example, if you will only use it for events a smaller one will be good. If you plan on using it regularly, then you should consider getting a bigger one for that purpose instead of a more portable one that is used for camping.


These are just a few things you should consider when buying an outdoor cooler for your kitchen. Buying one may not sound thought provoking, but you should consider a few things still. Since not every cooler is the same, you will want to get the best deal you can and make sure that it is the perfect one.

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