How to Make the Most of Eating Outdoors: Put Kitchen Appliances on Your List

How to Make the Most of Eating Outdoors: Put Kitchen Appliances on Your List
An outdoor kitchen with plants, shade and the best in outdoor kitchen appliances will make your outdoor eating experience enjoyable.

With the middle of summer and the sun not setting until 9 p.m., now is the time for getting the most out of your outdoor kitchen. Imagine barbecuing steaks using the best in outdoor kitchen appliances such as barbecues and grills without spending hours cleaning up afterwards, or pulling out a tall cool one from your beverage fridge without having to worry about pesky bugs buzzing in your face or the sun beating down on your head?

Enjoy your outdoor kitchen by talking to appliance experts, planting insect-repelling plants, keeping cool, and looking for easy cleaning options:


1. Talk to the Experts About the Best Appliances

It’s one thing going out to buy that latest gas grill, but it helps to talk to knowledgeable appliance experts to get a better picture of what will work for you.

By taking in the size of your deck or patio, they can help you build your dream outdoor kitchen by offering options in the best international and Canadian appliances for cooking and refrigeration, as well as space saving items. Some appliances to consider include: 

  • Barbecues and grills
  • Outdoor gas ranges
  • Beverage and wine fridges
  • Pizza ovens
  • Vent hoods
  • Dishwashers
  • Outdoor sinks


2. Invest in Plants that Keep Bugs at Bay

Wasps, mosquitos and flies can destroy what is intended as a pleasurable outdoor eating experience. One of the best ways to keep bugs at bay is by investing in plants that not only repel pests, but also look great an in and around your outdoor kitchen and, in some cases, can be used as part of your edible garden. 

Some plants and herbs that are known to repel unwanted insects include:

  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Citronella
  • Lemon balm
  • Rosemary
  • Bay leaves


3. Stay in the Shade and Keep Cool

With the extreme heat that can come with an Okanagan summer, it’s important to make sure your outdoor kitchen is equipped with shade and other measures to make eating outdoors comfortable. 

Seek cover and keep cool by installing a:

  • Pergola
  • Retractable awning
  • Shade sail
  • Gazebo or canopy
  • Patio umbrella
  • Mister
  • Wine fridge


4. Look for Easy Cleaning Options

Don’t let the elements get to your outdoor kitchen. Instead, invest in appliances that are easy to clean and protect and follow these tips:

  • Use a cover or cloth on your barbecue or grill when not on use
  • Keep your grill well maintained and free of grease by using a hard-wire brush
  • Look for self-cleaning cook ranges
  • Install water resistant furniture


For more helpful tips, read 5 Ways to Prep Your Outdoor Kitchen Appliances for Barbecue Season


Genier’s offers the best-stocked appliances store Kelowna homeowners will want to make the drive to Vernon for. Get the latest in outdoor barbecues and grills, fridges, cooking and cleaning appliances and much more, with the expertise and knowledge you can’t get from any other Kelowna appliances’ stores.


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