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Keep Your Outdoor Kitchen Cool


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Outdoor cooling appliances such as kegerators and refrigerators can make your outdoor kitchen fully equipped for entertaining.

It's hard to imagine cooking and eating outdoors without having an ice-cold beverage to sip. If you spend a significant amount of time outside, you may want to indulge in the convenience of an outdoor refrigerator to store wine, soda and salsa.

In the $300 price range, you'll get a basic 3-cubic-foot unit with a stainless or stainless-look door.

For $1,500 to $2,000, you can purchase a stainless-steel, 5.5 to 6.1-cubic-foot refrigerator with auto-defrost, a glass door and the ability to make ice. You can also purchase refrigerator drawers made for outdoor use.

Other items, like outdoor wine refrigerators and beer dispensers (also known as "kegerators") can help transform your outdoor kitchen into an outdoor bar when the occasion calls for it. Most outdoor wine fridges are about 24 inches wide and deep, although other larger and smaller sizes are available. Outdoor beer dispensers are meant for either quarter-barrel "pony kegs" or half barrels.

And when it comes to providing large quanities of ice, frequent party hosts should consider a separate icemaker to generate plenty of it. An undercounter icemaker that dispenses 25 to 50 pounds of ice within a 24-hour period runs from $850 to $1,400.