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Installing Outdoor Kitchen Plumbing

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

Image Source: Blair Photography via Colorado Expression

May is National Barbecue Month, making it the perfect time to finally install that outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. But if you’re unfamiliar with outdoor plumbing, you might not know where to get started. Let’s take a look at just how easy it is to set it all up.

Here’s what you’ll need before installing outdoor kitchen plumbing, according to DYI Advice:

  • Enough time (about a day) to run plumbing for a sink and a gas line for the barbecue
  • The following tools: Groove-joint pliers, a screwdriver, a level, a shovel, a posthole digger, a hole saw, tools for joining copper and a plastic pipe
  • Experience in installing PVC drain pipes and sinks and familiarity with running supply lines
  • Prep by choosing where your sink and barbecue will live, and build the cabinet
  • The following materials: a sink, a gas-fired barbecue, supply pipes and fittings, drain pipes and fittings, a trap, a garbage can and gravel

Once you have that set up, you can begin your project. Follow these five steps:

  1. Run a supply pipe designed for outdoor use from inside your house. Slope the pipes slightly to ensure they drain properly. Install shutoff valves with drain plugs at the bottommost point. Use two-hole clamps to attach the pipes firmly every 4 feet (or less).
  2. Run your supply pipe through the wall and to the outdoor kitchen. You’ll want to route up through the bottom of your skin and/or the grill base cabinet. Sweat male threaded adapters to attach to the supply tubes for the sink.
  3. Insert a PVC drainpipe and adapter for the sink trap. Supply your barbecue with natural gas by running pipe that is code-approved for exposed outdoor gas lines in your town or city. (Note: Some barbecues require a gas regulator.) Install the sink and trap.
  4. Dig a hole for a dry well according to local codes. (It should be at least 10 feet from your patio or deck.) Then, dig a trench to it that slopes down and away from your home. Run the drain line (1-1/2-inch PVC is recommended) in the trench. Make sure that it slopes at a rate of ¼ inch per foot, at least.
  5. Drill or punch a grid of holes, about ½-inch wide, in a garbage bin. Place the garbage can in the hole, making sure that its top is 2 inches below grade. Identify where the pipe will enter and cut a hole. Put the trash bin back in the ground, install the pipe, and fill the garbage can with coarse gravel.

Remember, be sure to choose plumbing that can be drained in the fall in preparation for the cold winter temps. And as such, be able to turn off the water from inside the house. If you need any assistance in your outdoor kitchen installation be sure to give our experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises. Give us a call at 719-544-4922!

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