I’ve always been a skeptic when it comes to outdoor kitchens (who needs anything more than a grill and a set of tongs?). I’m revising my thinking, however, after spotting—and swooning over—the ultimate setup from the Netherlands.
WWOO Outdoor Kitchens comes the perfect combination of stylish design and Dutch practicality. Composed of modular components, WWOO kitchens offer systems that range from barely-beyond-basic to well-equipped. Add-ons include a pizza oven, a steel fireplace, and a stainless firebox. WWOO showrooms are located throughout the Netherlands, as well as in Paris; Stuttgart, Germany; Prague; and newly stateside in California.
Here we’ve deconstructed some of the key elements of the WWOO outdoor kitchen for those with a DIY spirit.
Above: The designer behind WWOO Kitchens is Piet Jan van den Kommer, who feels that many of the outdoor kitchens on the market are expensive, poorly designed, and require a lot of maintenance. His kitchen system is built for endurance. Photograph by Matthew Williams from Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces. Above: WWOO Kitchens are made of durable concrete requiring next to no maintenance. The concrete components are available in gray (shown) or darker anthracite. Photograph by Matthew Williams from . Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces Above: The WWOO accessories range from wood storage boxes to cutting boards to Green Egg ceramic grills. Photograph by Matthew Williams from . Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces Above: The stainless steel sink is topped with a stainless faucet connected to a “fire tap.” Photograph by Matthew Williams from Gardenista: The Definitive Guide to Stylish Outdoor Spaces. Appliances Above: A modern version of a Japanese kamado cooker, a wood- or charcoal-fired earthen vessel capable of achieving both high and low temperatures for greater control, the Big Green Egg comes in five sizes, from mini to extra large. The Extra-Large Big Green Egg is $1,550 at Big Green Egg Chicago. Read more about the cookers in World’s Best Barbecue Grills on Gardenista. Above: For a flush counter grill, consider the Fire Master Classic Drop-in Countertop Charcoal Grill; from $407.15 for the 24 by 18 inch version, at Woodland Direct. Above: For a countertop option, the stainless steel Kavkaz Mini Grill measures 16 inches wide and 12 inches deep (larger sizes available); $219.99 on Amazon. An optional top grate is available.
Faucet & Fixtures Above: The Chicago Faucets Rigid Gooseneck Spout is available through Chicago Faucets; $137.36. Above: The B and K Stop and Waste Valve ($7.81 on Amazon) can be paired with a spout to create a faucet that is similar to the one by WWOO. Contact your plumber to attach to the water supply.
Above: Any durable stainless steel sink will work outdoors. For some of our favorites, see 10 Easy Pieces: Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks. Accessories Above: Lodge Logic Six-Quart Camp Dutch Oven for campfire or fireplace cooking; $67.72 at Amazon. Above: The Ikea Knagglig Wood Box Crate starts at $9.99 at Ikea. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Wooden Crates. Above: The Falcon Enamelware Teapot in white is $41. Above: The Companie de Provence the Savon Liquide de Marseille Alpilles Soap starts at €11.50.
Above: The Redecker Copper Scrub Cleaner is $12.99 for a set of two from Amazon. Above: The galvanized iron Turkish Handmade Bucket is $20 at Hay. Above: The Snow Peak Barbeque Tongs are $19.95 at Snow Peak. Above: A Set of 3 Turkish Hand Towels are $25 at David Morgan.
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