While statistics from the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association show that gas grill owners outnumber charcoal grill owners almost 2 to 1, the debate over gas vs. charcoal grilling surely won't be resolved any time soon.
Homeowners can truly mimic their indoor kitchens outside by installing real wood cabinetry. The maker's Perma Panel cabinets are available with teak or cypress doors. Natural oils in teak wood (shown) make for a strong and durable material, withstanding high humidity and resisting moisture and other effects of weather. Cypress also contains natural oils that contribute to the wood's overall stability, including split- and warp-resistance. 800.366.2971. www.atlantiscabinetry.com.
Easily create a backyard retreat with an Outdoor GreatRoom package. Each GreatRoom is a coordinated grouping of upscale weatherproof furniture, fireplaces, grills (gas and electric), grill islands, campfires, heaters, and lanterns. When surrounded by a Fire Stone Pergola, the result is a stylish outdoor gathering place. Pergolas are available in fiberglass or cedar (shown). 866.303.4028. www.firestonehp.com.
Fuego Modular is the latest product from designer Robert Brunner that looks to transform grilling into a social event. Taking notes from predecessor models Fuego 01 and Fuego 02, the fully customizable Fuego Modular brings the kitchen outside, complete with a sink, cooling and warming units, a dining bar, and a shade tent. Unlike other outdoor environments that become permanent backyard fixtures, Fuego Modular can be disassembled and moved with the homeowner. 888.883.8346. www.fuegoliving.com.
Illustrated in this rendering. the Custom Outdoor Kitchen Collection includes new products that broaden kitchen design options. A stainless steel insert forms a 45-degree bend between two cabinet runs, so grills or other equipment can now be used as corner pieces. Also available are a blind corner unit for small L-shaped kitchens, and an umbrella insert that can mount between two cabinets and rise through a hole in a custom countertop. 800.868.1699. www.kalamazoogourmet.com.
Named for a city on the Spanish coast, Almeria is one of the maker's 12-volt outdoor chandeliers, designed to be used in remote locations and safe enough to be hung from a tree branch. Part of the Mediterranean collection, the design offers graceful scrollwork and intricate, elegant details.The powder-coated black finish creates a distinctive look that complements a wide variety of architecture. Path, post, and deck lights are also available to illuminate outdoor living spaces. 866.558.5706. www.kichler.com.
Searing meets style with the PrestigeII PT450RBI grill. Available in stainless steel or bronze (shown), the grill offers more than 61,000 BTU and nearly 700 square inches of total cooking space. An infrared ceramic burner on one side lets users sear meats and then continue cooking on 16-gauge stainless steel burners on the other side of the grill. Stainless steel shelves and end caps keep tools and condiments organized. An optional side burner and charcoal tray are available. Also available as a built-in grill head. www.napoleongrills.com.
When the rare steaks are done but the well-done requests need more time, make use of the VEWD Outdoor Series Warming Drawer, available in 27-, 30-, or 36-inch widths. Users can control warming conditions from the outside with the versatile moisture selector. Set temperatures between 90 and 250 degrees F. Also great for when you-re grilling for large parties, the unit comes with optional heavy-gauge stainless steel commercial pans and lids. 888.845.4641. www.vikingrange.com.