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Hot List: Outdoor Kitchens and Dining Areas

New introductions make alfresco gatherings even better

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Cosentino has teamed up with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens to create the ASA-D2, a freestanding outdoor kitchen designed by architect and designer Daniel Germani. It pairs durable Dekton by Costentino surfaces with Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens stainless-steel cabinetry in a modular design that lets consumers choose their appliance options and pick from four finishes, including Trilium (shown), a pattern reminiscent of aged and oxidized steel; Spectra, a shiny solid black; Aura, a sophisticated replica of Calacatta marble; and Halso, a soft-white hue in a high-gloss finish. 

Trex has expanded its line of high-performance, waterproof outdoor storage options with the Trex Outdoor Kitchen collection. It includes customizable cabinets for televisions and entertainment systems, along with sink and grill bases designed to hide plumbing and propane hook-ups, while also providing storage for utensils and food-prep essentials. Inspired by and designed to complement Trex decking, the outdoor kitchen components are offered in finishes that complement the five Trex Transcend premium tropical shades–Havana Gold, Island Mist, Spiced Rum, Lava Rock and Tiki Torch.

Trex also is offering three new pergola kits to add shade and ambience to your outdoor gatherings. Both freestanding and attached models are available in numerous colors, some with motorized retractable canopies.

Azek is now offering aluminum railings to dress up your deck. It comes in an elegant bronze look (shown) and in black, which gives a high-end wrought-iron look.

Eldorado Stone, manufacturer of architectural stone veneer, has introduced the Sherwood Fireplace for outdoor spaces. The Sherwood, featuring an Isokern firebox, is fully customizable and ready to be dressed with any stone and accessories. 

Kichler has expanded its line of outdoor lighting, introducing new chandeliers, lanterns, and integrated LED fixtures to make a dramatic style statement in outdoor living spaces. Weather-resistant materials and finishes stand up to the weather and won't fade. Among the new fixtures is the Riverwood three-light outdoor chandelier, with seeded glass and a weathered-zinc finish.

Lynx Grills has introduced its newest smart product, the Sonoma Smoker. The gas-driven, wood-smoking Sonoma Smoker features an intuitive LCD control panel, intelligent smoking performance with a built-in meat probe, a custom wood chip box, and 1,000 square inches of stainless-steel cooking surface. The smoker has the abillity to automatically adjust temperature and cook time, and it's Wi-Fi- and app-enabled to make it easy for both beginners and barbecue masters to use without needing to be tied to the smoker to monitor progress.

Prefer electric cooking rather than gas or charcoal? Kenyon, an American company that makes specialty electric grills—including some for use on boats, offers the Frontier Electric Grill, engineered for indoor or outdoor use. It's flare-up- and smoke-free and has a double-lined lid that locks in heat while keeping the exterior safe for kids. Bonus: The lid, grate, and drip tray are made of marine-grade stainless steel and can be put in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. 

Looking for some American Muscle? This new 54-inch grill by Summerset, is made in the USA and was inspired by the iconic 1966 Shelby Mustang. In addition to good looks, the American Muscle Grill has the ability to burn different fuels—including wood chunks, lump coal, charcoal, infrared, propane or natural gas—individually or simultaneously for flexibility.