Adding an Outdoor Kitchen? Replacing a Pizza Oven? Schedule a Consultation With Black Velvet Chimney & Make Sure It’s Done Right

The Black Velvet Chimney team has been to thousands of homes over the last 30+ years of service in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and one thing that we’ve seen time and time again is improperly built outdoor kitchens. If the builder of your outdoor kitchen follows improper building practices and doesn’t do everything to code, something that was meant to enhance your property can actually put your family and home in jeopardy. We don’t want that.

That’s why we now offer our expertise in masonry construction as a consulting service for outdoor kitchens. We want to make sure that the investment you make in your property leads to maximum enjoyment minus any unnecessary risks. If you’re considering adding a new outdoor kitchen or you need work done on your existing outdoor kitchen, give Black Velvet Chimney a shout and schedule an appointment online.

How We Can Help

  • We offer consultations on outdoor fireplace and pizza oven replacement in outdoor kitchens.
  • We build outdoor fireplaces and install pizza ovens in outdoor kitchens, along with proper venting for these appliances.
  • We can recommend trusted contractors that will do work to code and ensure your outdoor kitchen turns out perfect.

Do I Need a Permit for an Outdoor Kitchen or Fireplace?

Every town has its own building codes and permit requirements. It’s always best to err on the side of caution and check with your local municipal office before starting any project involving an outdoor kitchen or fireplace. Building without a permit could result in fines, delays, and potentially having to tear down your structure if it doesn’t meet the proper standards. If you live in a community with an HOA, they may have additional restrictions or approval processes for outdoor structures.

Outdoor kitchen stove rounded with concrete on outside and a black door under a beautiful grained wood ceiling

How Do I Maintain an Outdoor Kitchen or Fireplace?

Are you ready to add a new outdoor kitchen or outdoor fireplace to your home? How exciting! Here are a couple of tips to ensure your new addition looks great, functions safely, and works efficiently year after year:

Leave construction and installation to a trustworthy and experienced company.

As we mentioned earlier, not every builder has high standards or follows proper code. Some contractors cut corners with the hope that the homeowner doesn’t notice. You don’t want to work with someone like that anytime, but especially not when fire and heat are involved.

You don’t have to worry! Your project is in good hands with Black Velvet Chimney. We can build an outdoor fireplace, install a pizza oven (plus the proper venting for these appliances), and recommend a reliable contractor for the construction of your outdoor kitchen. Together, we’ll get the job done right.

Keep up with routine maintenance.

Since outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces are… well…  outdoors, homeowners often assume they require less upkeep than their indoor counterparts. But that’s not true. Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and appliances are subject to the elements, making them even more susceptible to damage and danger.

Of course, if they’re built properly, they should be able to withstand extreme weather and beating rain, but they still require routine inspections and maintenance. Think about it: with heat and fire involved, you need to be sure the appliance and attached venting are working properly. Just because the kitchen or fireplace is outdoors doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind. Schedule annual inspections and make routine maintenance a priority.

Take proper safety precautions during use.

Likewise, when using your outdoor kitchen or fireplace, you should use the same precautions you would with your indoor kitchen or fireplace. Follow safe practices and never leave a fire unattended.

How Do I Protect My Outdoor Kitchen From the Elements?

Temperatures tend to fall on the mild side during the winter months in the DFW area, but that doesn’t mean we don’t experience our fair share of rough weather. When we do get hit with a bout of snow or freezing rain, it’s important to know what to do to protect your new outdoor kitchen.

  • Think ahead and select weather-resistant materials. When planning your kitchen, choose materials that can withstand exposure to sun, rain, snow, and temperature shifts. Stainless steel, stone, brick, and concrete are popular choices for outdoor kitchens due to their durability. You can also choose from a wide range of options in cabinetry, countertops, and appliances that are specifically designed for outdoor use.
  • Install a permanent cover. Consider a permanent roof structure like a gazebo, pergola, awning, or patio cover. This offers year-round protection when we get rain, but can also provide good shade during the dog days of summer.
  • Get protective covers for your appliances. Invest in high-quality covers for individual appliances and furniture. Pay special attention to weather-resistant materials like vinyl, canvas, or polyester with UV protection.
  • Don’t forget about proper drainage. Make sure that there is proper drainage around your outdoor kitchen to prevent water from pooling and causing damage. It can be helpful to install sloped countertops and flooring in the kitchen, as well as gutters around the area.

How Much Does an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

There isn’t a set cost to build an outdoor kitchen, and there are a lot of factors that can impact your bottom line. You have to consider the size of the kitchen, whether or not you need to install a gas line, the materials used, and the types of appliances installed. For more information, reach out to us and speak to one of our customer service representatives.

Reach Out Today & Get the Reliable, Expert Assistance You Crave

Need an outdoor kitchen contractor recommendation? Want to schedule a consultation for your outdoor fireplace or pizza oven replacement? Contact the Black Velvet Chimney team and reach out to us online today. We’re here to help, just like we’ve helped thousands of your neighbors over the last four decades!


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