Summer residents and owners of private houses are fortunate because they organize their lives to their liking and feel more accessible than neighbors behind the wall. They are also privileged to cook delicious food over a fire and relax in the fresh air. If you correctly equip a terrace with a barbecue, you can enjoy these benefits not only in good weather – even all year round.
1. Safety first
Whatever fuel a brazier, brazier, or stove runs on (wood, coal, briquettes, gas), installing such equipment indoors is a bad idea. The terrace is great for organizing a barbecue area, but this must be done considering fire regulations.
There are a few of them:
- a device for cooking over an open fire, even if it is stationary or portable, in a village or a summer cottage is allowed to be installed no closer than 5 meters from capital buildings, and within the city – 7 meters;
- Such equipment should stand on a pedestal or platform covered with non-flammable material (concrete, stone, tiles, metal). That is, it is impossible to put even a tiny folding brazier on the unprotected ground;
- 10 meters around the terrace, veranda, gazebo, or pergola where food is prepared, it is necessary to remove dry grass, fallen leaves, debris, and any objects that may catch fire, and tree branches should not hang over this place;
- store flammable liquids, fuel, and flammable objects (plastic, polyethylene) no closer than 2 meters from an open fire source;
- if the stove is attached “back” to a residential building, it should be located at least 20 cm from the wall;
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in the barbecue area.
How the terrace differs from the veranda is a frequent question. A porch usually means an unheated room attached to the house and having a typical roof with it, and the terrace does not have main walls and glazing. It can be detached and devoid of a canopy.
2. Where the wind goes, there is smoke
It is not enough to decide on the type of cooking equipment; it must be installed correctly so that the smoke does not pour directly into the guests’ faces. It is crucial to consider the prevailing wind direction if you plan to build a sizeable solid stove made of stone or fireclay bricks.
A brazier or brazier can be moved, and a stove weighing up to a ton is for centuries. The foundation must be able to support the weight of the equipment, furniture, and guests. If we are talking about a glazed veranda, you need to provide an effective and reliable chimney.
3. Everything at hand
The barbecue terrace should have everything you need for outdoor cooking. If coal, briquettes, or wood is used as fuel, you need to equip a convenient place to store them. Here it is also necessary to compactly place dishes and utensils – best of all in cabinets, the tabletops of which will act as working surfaces for cutting and cutting food. And if you also provide a refrigerator, you won’t have to run into the house at all. To comfortably cook and relax on the veranda all year round, you need to perform high-quality thermal insulation of the walls and install reliable double-glazed windows. The heat from the stove will be more than enough for heating. But an open summer kitchen with a barbecue will be a good investment if the climate is mild.
4. Let there be light
Any place where food is prepared should be well lit, and the barbecue terrace is no exception. Beautiful lamps above the seating area (table, sofa) create coziness on quiet evenings and decorate the room. Forged chandeliers, sconces, and semi-antique candlesticks look harmonious in a classic wooden interior. But even for terraces in a modern style, there are reliable and original lamps.
5. Expanding culinary opportunities
A significant outdoor oven typically includes a grill, hob, and range. This allows you to fry kebabs, steaks, and Katy, cook pilaf and sherpa, cook aromatic fish soup, bake bread and pies. But for a chronic grocery store, this may not seem enough.
6. Decorate the resting place
Decorative items will allow you to make a terrace with a barbecue cozy and give it individuality.
It can be:
- paintings, photographs, panels, and wall installations;
- hand-sewn or knitted furniture covers and pillows;
- warm plaid or patchwork blankets ;
- original rugs, tablecloths, and curtains;
- rare dishes, utensils, and figurines;
- live plants.
7. Sit down comfortably
If tables, chairs, or benches are made of wood or rattan, they are treated with antipyretics. In this sense, metal furnishings are preferable. Tabletops can be made of natural or artificial stone, tempered glass.
Resist the temptation to save money – don’t buy plastic barbecue terrace furniture. Plastic is flammable, looks cheap, and doesn’t last long. If you are tempted by the idea of stacking chairs and tidying up as unnecessary, get better folding steel chairs or stools.