Chicago, Illinois (PressExposure) June 22, 2009 -- Over the last few years, âoutdoor kitchensâ have taken cooking on the grill from a summer activity to a year-round thing. Now, outdoor cooking has evolved from burgers, dogs, steaks and other carnivorous delights to pizza. Thatâs right, according to the DirectBuys of Greater Chicago, the leading home improvement and furnishings clubs with direct insider prices, adding a pizza oven has become the latest trend in outdoor kitchens.
âPizza is a pretty big deal here in the Chicago area. After all, itâs the home of the deep dish pizza. So itâs not surprising that some people have decided to take their love of cooking in the great outdoors step further by adding a pizza oven to their outdoor kitchens,â said Jeremy Vest, owner of DirectBuy of DuPage County.
For those who may not have the budget for a pizza oven, you can create your own by purchasing a simple pizza stone. Place that over your grill/fire pit area and youâre ready to serve up your familyâs favorite pizza with the extra fun of an outdoor pizza cookout. Or, you can host your own âmake your own pizzaâ night outdoors.
DirectBuy sells many of the items and accessories youâll need to create your outdoor pizza kitchen at manufacturerâs low prices. In addition, DirectBuy also employs product specialists who can provide helpful pointers on selecting the right equipment and setup for your home.
For starters, when it comes to selecting a grill, DirectBuy recommends considering:
● Stainless steel gas or charcoal grills â outdoor kitchen means just that: outside sun, rain, wind and in some markets, snow. Even covered, your grill will be exposed to the elements to a certain degree and you want a grill made of material that will withstand bad weather and corrosion. ● Free-standing or under-the-counter refrigeration units â help minimize trips to the âotherâ kitchen and give you a place to store leftovers for the next cookout. ● Infra-red burners â make sure the grill you do select uses infra-red burners, which heat up faster. ● Storage â choose a grill with plenty of shelving and cabinets
âWhether youâre cooking pizzas or the standard barbecue fare, the beauty of the outdoor kitchen is that it reduces trips to the real kitchen to get supplies. This means you can actually spend time with your guests while preparing your meal,â continued Vest. âBy adding something novel like a pizza oven or quasi pizza oven, youâre adding to the ways you can get more use and enjoyment out of your outdoor kitchen.â
Since 1971, DirectBuy clubs have offered members the opportunity to enjoy enormous savings on home furnishings, home improvement items, entertainment and outdoor products and accessories by buying wholesale, directly from the manufacturer. With several convenient locations in the greater Chicago area (Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, and Tinley Park), consumers can enjoy a comfortable, country-club setting, where they finally have the financial control of buying direct.
For more information on a DirectBuy membership, you can visit http://www.directbuychicago.com/.