Sometimes the simple approach is the right approach.
In this outdoor kitchen in Scarsdale NY, the owner decided to minimize the amount of appliances in the island and instead focus on simplicity, functionality and leveraging his nearby indoor kitchen.
In Part 1 of this Alfresco Grill Review series I discussed how a mistake I made with the Alfresco rotisserie nearly set the grill on fire.
In Part 2 I detail another incendiary instance with the Alfresco grill, this time at the hands of the solid fuel insert SFI-POD. This accessory is amazing but MUST be used carefully.
Do you need an inline sear zone burner in your premium gas grill? The industry upsells them as a sexy feature and I drank the KoolAid for a bit myself, but I’m changing my mind.
Especially if you own a grill that has a dedicated sear burner that cannot be removed. I’d rather have more normal grilling real estate. Watch the vid, hope it helps
Q. How do you get an insanely great outdoor kitchen complete with kickass grill equipment…yet avoid spending boatloads of cash?
A. Do an Alfresco Artisan outdoor kitchen!
Artisan is a line of outdoor appliances by our friends at Alfresco. If you’ve followed my blog or watched any of my YouTube videos, you know that I’m a big Alfresco fan. Actually, I believe that is the best of the premium gas grills.
Artisan is what I call the “stealth Alfresco”.
For a fraction of the cost of an Alfresco, you are able to get:
– virtually the same cooking system
– the same open air plenum which cools the front of the grill, preserving it’s delicate wired innards
– the same silicone-sheathed wires and igniters which are heat resistant up to 600 degrees
– the same in-home warranty
– built and assembled ENTIRELY in the same plant in sunny California
The Artisan comes in 2 sizes for built ins – 32″ and 36″
It offers a rotisserie, optional infrared sear burner that can be installed/removed with the ease of a pin and lights on the knobs and one (very bright!) light in the hood canopy.
I used to get asked “Why do you make those Appliance Dude videos?”
And my answer was(is) always the same:
I helped this gentleman in Sonoma California with some questions on his outdoor kitchen and lo and behold, a new Alfresco 42″ ALXE and 65K BTU Versa Power Burner were on the way to him…and an invite for me and the Mrs. to visit when we are in the wine country. Gotta love it!
The new Alfresco ALXE242SZ grill and Versa Power burner on cart.
This is a great pic of an Alfresco grill outdoor kitchen. Why?
It really articulates the broad array of options that you have when piecing together an Alfresco kitchen. Warming drawer? Check. Sink package? Check? A variety of storage sources? Check.
In this kitchen the following was used, from left to right:
Here is an Alfresco 42″ grill in Bronxville NY accompanied by storage doors, a side burner and the Alfresco URS-1 28″ fridge. The line is about 9 ft long and shows that you don’t have to build something that Frank Gehry would be envious of when it comes to designing an outdoor space. There is enough here for cooking, prepping and plating…job well done by another happy Curto’s customer.