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With outdoor kitchens becoming ever more popular one of the questions that our plumbers in Brisbane often asked is “What plumbing do I need for an outdoor kitchen?” As its name suggests, an outdoor kitchen is simply a kitchen that’s installed inside an outdoor living space, so essentially your plumbing needs will be the same as for the kitchen you have inside your property.

Complete outdoor kitchen plumbing

Outdoor kitchens have become more sophisticated over the years as people realise how much fun they can have cooking and entertaining in their outdoor space practically all year round. We’ve visited many homes in Brisbane to assist with the plumbing and been blown away by the equipment that owners have fitted into their outdoor kitchens. It wasn’t so long ago that an outdoor kitchen would contain at best a fitted BBQ and perhaps a beer fridge but nowadays we’re seeing such things as:

  • Fitted storage cupboards
  • Granite countertops
  • Serving benches
  • Bar fridge
  • Sink and prep sink
  • Dishwasher
  • Wine cooler
  • Beer on tap
  • Ice machine
  • Ovens and/or stovetop
  • Pizza Ovens
  • Outdoor gas heating
  • Designer lighting
  • Ceiling fans
  • Coffee machines

From a plumbing point of view, many of these appliances and fixtures need to be connected to water, sewer drains, and gas lines and, ideally, for the easy connection it’s best if your alfresco kitchen has ready access to your house. Having a patio kitchen built without easy access to existing connections means installing additional service lines, which ultimately pushes up the installation price.

Here’s a more detailed explanation of the main outdoor kitchen plumbing considerations.

Outdoor Kitchen Sink

A sink in your outdoor kitchen will require a water line to bring in fresh water, as well as a drain pipe to carry away waste water. The water line can be connected to your home’s main water supply, or you can install a separate line specifically for your outdoor kitchen. The drain pipe will need to be connected to your home’s sewer system or to a septic tank, depending on your setup. You will also need to install a faucet on the sink to control the flow of water.

Gas cooktop plumbing

If you are installing a gas cooktop in your outdoor kitchen, you will need to run a gas line to provide fuel for the grill. This should be done by a professional gas fitter in Brisbane, as gas lines can be dangerous if not installed correctly. The gas line will need to be connected to your home’s main gas supply, or you can install a separate line specifically for your outdoor kitchen.

Refrigerator water connection

If you are installing a refrigerator in your outdoor kitchen, you will need to run a water line to the refrigerator for the ice maker and water dispenser. The water line can be connected to your home’s main water supply, or you can install a separate line specifically for your outdoor kitchen. You will also need to install a drain pipe to handle any water that is produced by the ice maker. The drain pipe will need to be connected to your home’s sewer system or to a septic tank, depending on your setup.

If you’re building a new house it’s a good idea to plan for an outdoor kitchen during the design phase as that way you can ensure that drainage, gas pipes, and water are installed before any of the landscaping takes place. Even if your original house design doesn’t include an outdoor kitchen, you can still plan ahead for the eventuality by installing live capped water, gas, and drain connections outside to use in the future.

If you need help with kitchen renovation plumbing for your outdoor kitchen or indoors, we’ve got you covered. Call Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage today!