Pizza ovens, BBQs and garden kitchens: a guide to outdoor cooking


Backyard cooking is one of the great pleasures of staying at home, and an open-air kitchen can be built cheaply and easily

For reasons unknown, food tastes better outdoors, so if you are planning a staycation, why not add another DIY project to the list in the form of a permanent outdoor kitchen? The design can be as slick or as rudimentary as your budget and skills dictate.

First, identify your heat source. If you want to cook over flames, consider building an open grill (you’ll need to make sure you are a safe distance from your shed and any wooden fencing). Ikea sells a charcoal grill that is built into a solid acacia frame on wheels for easy manoeuvring (£189, The hooded grill is surrounded by a narrow stainless-steel trim that will just-about fit a can of something cool on it. You can extend your work surface area by buying an additional modular cart or cabinet that fits snugly alongside the grill (from £299, including the grill).

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