Questions and Answers:
How long will the wood last?
I see a lot of websites that sell plastic polymer, stucco, stone or metal cabinets that can wait to say it won’t rot or crack like “wood”. Well I have news there are thousands of 300 year old houses that still look fantastic. I use cypress, cedar, teak, brazilian spiecse for the exterior siding of my units, and both are considered to be extremely good for outdoor furniture. If constructed properly like they did in the old days it will hold up just fine and build character each year as it ages. Yes you may take $15 and 1 hour of your time to go out and rub some oil on the piece but what you get in return can not be match any other material I know of.
So to answer the question wood will last a very long time if you don’t mind a little maintenance. You don’t need to SAND our cabinets ever unless to remove a scratch
How hard is it to maintain the wood? EASY
When you think of wood compare it to a dry sponge sitting on the sink.If you splash water on one side it will swell and shape to that same side.Therefore, with outside woodworking it is very important to seal “ALL” six sides of each board evenly.This allows the exterior moisture levels to enter and exit at similar rates help keeping the shape of the board consistent.To view this: wet one side of a sponge and see how the shape moves, then take a dry sponge and soak it thoroughly.You will see how the soak sponge stays fairly consistent drying back to its original shape.
For this reason I prefer to use and recommend using penetrating oils for my outdoor kitchens. True penetrating oil soaks into the core of the wood eventually saturating the woods molecular structure and keeping the wood preserved.
To recoat my table with penetrating oil would take a homeowner about 1 hour ever 1-3 years.
Varnish is nice but it requires a lot of maintenance and once it fails should be removed. It is a good choice if you want a film finish and the units has little exposure to the sun.
Why Concrete Tops? Exterior Durability & Gorgeous
Wood countertops outside scratch, dent, hold bacteria, and can burn. Steel will rust, dent and just does not belong in a natural outdoor setting. Some stainless is ok but entire units just don’t blend.
Plastic marine poly sheets are very durable and easy to build but are very heavy...oh yeah and plastic. Great for cutting boards.
Granite is used frequently; however, it needs to be CULTURED granite for outdoor use! Even then ANYTHING put in the direct sun will fade with time.
Concrete is obviously an excellent outdoor product and now can be made to look nicer than all most any surface. It is easy to design with and allows unlimited options. Does it have issues…of course? Like granite it can develope viens or chips over time and the finish may get worn, but it is easy to repair if needed. We use a very interesting method to color our tops which allows the homeowner to change the color over time lighter to darker. I consider these traits most eceptable for the harsh outdoor countertops. I have to say personally that I am amazed by the beauty one can achieve through the use of concrete.
How Long Do the Tables Last? Can’t Say
I can’t give an exact time and don’t know what could break them. The frame is made with 15 year pressure treated wood designed to be fully exposed to all natures’ elements; however, it is covered with siding protecting it from these elements. I have units that are a couple years old left outside that still look great and have no structural issues.
The only thing I won’t warranty is casters since I don’t manufacture them. The weakest point of any furniture construction is where the caster meets the base unit. I take extra steps to make sure the caster is secure, but can not say the caster will last forever since I don’t manufacture them. I have casters on heavy shop benches for many…many years with no problems at all.
Construction Methods & Materials
Framing is constructed using kiln dried pressure treated would designed to sit fully exposed to natures elements for 15 years. The framing materials are again dried to get them to proper moisture content levels consistent to outdoor construction guidelines. The frame is then glued and screwed together allowing for a lightweight exceptionally strong structure. The proper exterior glues choice is critical in designing outdoor furniture, it must allow for expansion, contraction, and lateral movement. You pay for what you get with glues and I found that many don’t perform as advertised. After construction the units are hand sanded and “all” woodworks are coated with penetrating oil sealers hand brushed into the surface. Several colors are available and the customer may request the unit to be let unfinished.
**** This is why I say I don’t know how long the unit it will last. Honesty I don’t know what could fail with the structure even over time. Except for the casters but they are easy to change in 5, 10, 20 years??? I use the same methodologies and I learned in the marine industry.
Take tops off....put the kamado in....silicone you tops on. Some people like myself leave them loose.
SAFETY: We do not take any responisbilities for damage caused by grilling. Although kamados advertise you can touch them while in use and not get burned it's still a safe practice to use caution with ANY grill or kamado. We do not take any responsibility for misplacement of a kamado on the table itself. Example directly on the wood. Our table is designed with safety in mind. Dont roll my cabinet or any grill table around when it's hot.