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The Rise of the Year-Round Outdoor Kitchen

The classic barbecue is a time-honoured tradition amongst Kiwi’s — it gets us outside and enjoying the company of our loved ones, and the nostalgic smell of ever-so-slightly charred sausages.

Like many, it’s a custom that has evolved over the years — no longer confined to the summer months or limited to a standard BBQ — we’re now seeing more and more sophisticated outdoor setups extending to sinks, benches, and multi-functional cooking appliances. We’re seeing outdoor kitchens.

Escea spoke to Rhys Mellor from Love Kitchens who says that the last couple of years have seen a massive increase in demand for outdoor kitchens. The impact of the global pandemic has resulted in a new appreciation for our homes and specifically, cooking restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of our homes, whatever the time of year.

In addition to this, Rhys says advancements in appliances and materials have resulted in a higher calibre of outdoor kitchens that are longer lasting and equipped to withstand the elements of every season.

“Outdoor kitchens are becoming an extension of the home. Kiwis are moving away from the traditional barbie and are now honing their culinary skills on pizza ovens, smokers and open fire cooking,” says Rhys.

Alexander Place

For the owners of Alexander Place, the vision for their outdoor entertaining area evolved in the wake of the pandemic and was inspired by the rustic charm of open wood fires they had experienced holidaying down south.

“Time at home made the family reassess what they wanted — an open fireplace for barbecuing and an outdoor kitchen to accompany, both catering for their extended family.”

Keen entertainers, the family decided on an Escea EK Outdoor Fireplace Kitchen, an open fire that doubles as a professional cooking appliance.

“The Escea EK1250 was chosen very early on, and we actually designed the kitchen around it, making it the main feature and working from there.”

“I chose this option because it meant we could render 70% of the fireplace in the workshop and finish the remainder on-site, saving multiple site visits.”

Rhys had done his research and said that installation was easy, and he had a good understanding of what was involved before he had even received the fire thanks to the comprehensive guides available from Escea.

For more information, images of the Alexander Place installation, or details on how to design an Outdoor Kitchen, visit

Alexander Place
By Love Kitchens

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