How to Build an Indoor Barbecue
Using an indoor barbeque is a great way to bring the taste of grilling inside. The convenience of having a grill in your kitchen makes it a great alternative. The benefits of grilling are numerous. Not only does grilling caramelize the food but, it also adds the smoky, grill flavor we all love. It is also a healthy alternative to frying. The aesthetic effect of cooking over an open flame in your kitchen will be a sensory experience. Imagine the sights, smells, and sounds of the food cooking, the warmth of the fire itself, and finally, the incredible taste of the food. Putting an indoor barbeque in your kitchen is a bit time intensive but well worth it.
Step 1 – Gather Information
When deciding to install a cooking fireplace/indoor barbeque in your kitchen the first thing you must do is contact your local planning and zoning board to make sure that permits and building codes allow you to build a fireplace in your kitchen and to secure the appropriate permits. In addition, you need to gather information about different ways of cooking with a fireplace and what will work for your home.
Step 2 – Choose a Style
Next, make your selections about the type and style of fireplace you will install. Electric and gas are not really viable for an indoor grill/cooking fireplace. Your fireplace will need to be a wood burning fireplace, requiring a chimney and a hearth.
Step 3 – Design a Fireplace
This is where the majority of your work will come. You need to look at your kitchen and design a fireplace that will work with your other kitchen elements. You also need to consider what you will use this fireplace for. The fire box and hearth will need to be larger than normal and you will need to look into the other equipment you will need to cook with. Also, consider a raised hearth, for ease of use.
Step 4 – Contact a Professional
Due to the complicated nature of installing a chimney and a hearth the best thing to do at this point is to contact a professional. Research masons in your area and find one that will be able to work with you to give you the design you have created, within guidelines and building codes.
Step 5 – Enjoy!
Once your indoor barbeque/cooking fireplace is installed the adventure of fireplace/barbeque cooking begins. Research the best cooking methods and the best equipment you will need in order to maximize your use of the barbeque.