Natural Elements to Consider When Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Regardless of climate, every geographical location has natural elements that should be considered when choosing the location and layout of an outdoor kitchen. From extreme heat to snow, seawater, wind, and everything in between, these elements play a major factor in deciding the material, layout, and location of your outdoor kitchen cabinetry. Coverings and shading options can all help to mitigate some of these negative weather effects on your outdoor cabinetry.

Danver Outdoor Kitchens manufactures stainless steel outdoor kitchens that are and engineered to last in virtually every climate. Our cabinets will also suit any layout, with hundreds of sizes and dozens of styles available. This versatility allows you to adapt your outdoor kitchen design to fit any suitable location that you need.


Higher elevations tend to have more wind, such as on a rooftop. If you live in the city and are designing your kitchen on a roof, you may need to be mindful of placement to reduce wind effects or even consider a permanent structure (such as a pergola or awning) that will cover your kitchen. Placing your kitchen up against a wall would be ideal. Indeed, many areas that see hurricanes and other harsh weather have building codes that require outside cabinets to be fixed to a wall or bolted down. Our cabinets are easily affixed to meet with these codes. You may be limited with accessories as well, and it is a good idea to put any extra items away after use so they will still be there the next time you need them!


Rise in the east, set in the west. When deciding the location and layout of your outdoor kitchen, it is important to note where the sun rises and sets in relation to your layout. You certainly will not want the sun in your eyes while you are grilling burgers for dinner on a summer night! Outdoor kitchens in climates that are hot and sunny for most – or all – of the year will likely benefit from shading as well. A covered patio, gazebo, or Florida room will allow you to enjoy your outdoor kitchen on the hottest days while staying cool in the shade. It will also protect any bare stainless amenities from getting too hot to handle.


While our outdoor kitchens are durable for virtually any climate, you will need to take extra precautions in locations that regularly see snow. Since you will likely not be using your outdoor kitchen in the snow, covering any bare stainless appliances (like grills) as well as outdoor furniture during the season is essential, as it will reduce moisture. Canvas or polyester covers with a water-resistant coating are recommended, and many companies will customize the fabric size to fit your appliance. As always, the bare stainless should be cleaned thoroughly before covering. Shading options like a gazebo will provide additional protection too. Keep your appliances, patio, and kitchen cabinets safe with protective layers — it’s a key to beautiful outdoor kitchens.

Rain, Moisture, and Stainless Steel Cabinets

General moisture is pretty much unavoidable no matter where you are located. The magnetic closures and gaskets on our cabinets can help protect the insides of your cabinets during inclement weather. Because our cabinets are not waterproof, you will need to consider the effects of water on your cabinetry.

When bare stainless steel is regularly cleaned, it should not rust. Therefore, stainless steel is the best material for the outdoors, especially where moisture and corrosion are a concern. While our 304-grade stainless steel is suitable for most outdoor kitchens, we also offer 316 (marine grade) stainless steel, which is more resistant to corrosion and great for kitchens that are close to the water. Adding a powder coat finish to your cabinets will make them virtually maintenance-free, and any powder coated surface will not need to be covered. Danver offers a beautiful palette of colors, as well as realistic wood grain finishes, to ensure that your cabinets are beautiful and ready for all types of weather effects.

Since we cannot control the weather, Danver is dedicated to engineering an outdoor living area that will remain beautiful and durable in many climates by using powder coat finishes, gaskets, and magnetic closures to protect your kitchen. Canvas or polyester covers for your appliances, affixing your cabinets to nearby surfaces, and the shading option of your choice are all additional steps you can take to help protect your investment in your climate. By choosing Danver, you are guaranteed to enjoy your outdoor kitchen worry-free in many types of weather and for years to come.

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This article is based on industry knowledge and research by outdoor kitchen design professionals, including our in-house experts and engineers with decades of experience.Our goal at Danver is to provide factual information on relevant topics to help readers make informed decisions about their outdoor living spaces.

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