Outdoor Kitchen Fridges
With temperatures reaching as high as the forties in summer and chances of chilly winters it’s important to find an outdoor fridge that can handle drastic temperatures (as well as frequent use during all your summer barbies!) We thought we’d take a look at some outdoor kitchen fridges and give some tips on how to go about choosing one…
What makes an outdoor kitchen fridge different to an indoor one?
Outdoor kitchen fridges need to maintain their temperature in various weather conditions. Because of this, a fridge usually requires a lot more insulation and requires more power than an indoor fridge. It needs to be resistant to all types of weather and waterproofed too.
Obviously outdoor kitchen fridges are a lot smaller than indoor fridges as they are mostly used for stocking beer as opposed to large amounts of food. Typically a bar fridge is around 60 cm wide and 86 cm tall. Obviously the fridge you get will need to fit the space you have! Think about the kinds of things you would want to store in your outdoor fridge before committing to buy one. You might want to consider a fridge with a wine cooler too!
Built-in or free standing
We advise having your fridge built-in. Not only does it look better but built-in fridges have the vent in the front which means you don’t need to account for extra space on the sides or above the fridge for ventilation.
We’ve already mentioned that your outdoor kitchen fridge needs to be weather resistant so it goes without saying that it needs to be rust resistant too! Stainless steel and glass are the most commonly used materials for outdoor fridges. Make sure you check the grading of the steel to ensure it is corrosion resistant!
Cost to run
sa.gov.au has a page where you can check estimated costs of running your house hold appliances. Make sure you check the Energy rating to ensure the fridge is energy efficient.
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