After years of discussion, months of designing and finally weeks of actual work, the new grill island is complete. OK, mostly complete. I still have a few minor items to finish up with but at least it's in a usable form. I thought I would post this as another example of how to handle the SmokinTex 1400 pro within an outdoor island or kitchen.
The real trick was the slide out for the smoker. When not in use, I can slide the unit into the island which keeps it safe and clean. While in use, the smoker is simply pulled out far enough to access the controls and clear the exhaust vent. Because we have a propane grill, I also incorporated a propane drawer on the far left, a standard drawer above that and a propane single burner which I recessed into the top. The middle drawer is simply used to access the inside area. I've also incorporated 2 sets of outlets. One outlet is positioned between the burner and the grill on the back splash so I can run the rotisserie and the other is inside the base behind the smoker. The backsplash outlet has a standard flip cover and the smoker outlet has a plastic cover which protects the outlet while items are plugged in.
The basic materials include steel studs, hardy board, slate and travertine. The base is roughly 32"d x 96"w and the top is 36"d x 108"w.
We love this and what a thing of beauty it is! Thanks, Mad Dog!
This is from another customer who placed the cutout in their outdoor kitchen on the back for easy pull out.
Notice the smoke hole on the surface of the counter.
This wood smoker stand was made by Forum member dan/baltimorebayside.
Made a smoker stand for my SmokinTex.....Also have (not shown) my racks hanging underneath via hooks......Works great!!!
In fact, I used my smoker so much, my heating element is starting to hang down, making my wood box hard to get on and off.....I guess I need to order a new heating element....
Let these ideas be an inspiration for us all to beautify our backyards and use our smokers to the utmost.
And don't forget, your smokers can be used as a warming/holding oven too!