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Old 07-26-2021, 10:59 AM   #1
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Default Help with coverage for outdoor kitchen

We're planning on building an 11x11 u shaped outdoor kitchen. My wife is not so keen on having a pavilion or pergola over it but I want something so I could grill in the rain.

I've thought about either putting umbrella holes in the concrete block and finishing with this:

The other option is having a cantilever umbrella on the side of the kitchen.

if you do the umbrella holes how do you secure the umbrella from flying a way since there's no real base at the bottom?

Has anyone used either of these options to cover an outdoor kitchen?
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Old 07-26-2021, 03:50 PM   #2
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I say a rectangular cantilever umbrella, and maybe a base with wheels so you can move to wherever you need it.
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Old 07-26-2021, 07:14 PM   #3
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I'd personally stay away from any kind of umbrella. They are just meant to take flight in the slightest breeze and if anchored well somehow, will probably end up inside out if a gust blows through.

If you can't do a permanent covering, and this has the same penchant for taking flight too, but with sandbags tied to the legs perhaps a pop-up canopy could straddle the kitchen island and give you a 10'x10' shelter. I don't know, just thinking out loud. I've chased too many unbrellas around the yard or had them break.

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Old 07-26-2021, 07:30 PM   #4
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Old 07-26-2021, 11:27 PM   #5
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If your kitchen area is significantly blocked from the wind by your house, I say incorporate umbrella support. The only time I've had my umbrellas 'take flight' is when I have been stupid enough to leave them open around the pool area during a storm. Around my cooking area it is less exposed and somewhat protected. But it is still wise to avoid leaving them open in bad weather. The umbrella is mostly for me not to protect the cooker or food. A vent cap over the smoker exhaust keeps water out of the food.
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:14 AM   #6
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A popup canopy is what I use when I need more space than I have under my semi permanent garage canopy. Five gallon buckets with water make good anchors and can be emptied and stacked out of the way when not needed.
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Old 07-28-2021, 10:22 AM   #7
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A vented cantilever umbrella would work good, and the "pipe" is out of the way.
They're not that expensive either and are bigger then the regular umbrellas.. plus look better then a popup surrounded with sand bags...Fold it up for storms or when you don't need it, it's not going anywhere anyway if the base is heavy enough and some bases have a slot you can run a pin or bolt through.
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Old 07-28-2021, 11:21 AM   #8
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I ran my umbrella straight through the granite. The pole is secured to the framework with screws. I can still remove the umbrella for the NJ winter, or if there are high winds in the forecast. I'm more concerned with the umbrella getting damaged then it flying away.

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Old 07-28-2021, 09:02 PM   #9
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No way I would invest without putting some kind of permant roof over it, why let the elements ruin nice stuff?
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Old 07-28-2021, 09:18 PM   #10
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No way I would invest without putting some kind of permant roof over it, why let the elements ruin nice stuff?
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Old 07-29-2021, 08:49 AM   #11
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I agree with Mike and Craig. After we built our outdoor kitchen we put up a roll out awning for shade and rain. It was a pita in the Winter (we use this outdoor space as much as we can all year long). Finally ended up putting up a permanent roof over most of it....with ceiling fans are lights. It was definitely worth it and the 'icing on the cake' for that project.

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