Settling in for the winter months involves preparing your summer-friendly spaces for the long, hard freeze. When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, there are several things to consider. Start by making a list of the furnishings and equipment you have out there. Determine your needs based on typical weather conditions during the winter season, and then you are set to prep.
If you have wood furniture that has been treated for weathering, you might be okay with leaving this out in the elements. Some woods are naturally more capable of surviving the changes of weather, such as teak. Metal furniture is typically an ideal candidate for cold temperatures, but lightweight wicker models can buckle under snow or ice so these should be moved to safer ground indoors. As for your cushions and rugs, bring those indoors even if they are marked weather resistant to save yourself the struggle of cleaning these in the spring.
Every outdoor kitchen has some sort of cooking appliance. If you have a rolling cart featuring a grill or stove, move it under shelter after you have disconnected all gas and electrical features. Clean the surface area of the cooking unit thoroughly to prepare it for use again in the spring. Remove all foods from your outdoor bar or refrigerator, and take any utensils indoors for safe keeping. If you have a fire pit, cover it using a heavy metal or wood panel. Secure this with nails, screws, or a heavy object to prevent animals from burrowing in the pit through winter.
Use in the Winter
If you are planning to use your kitchen space for winter, invest in a gas patio heater that will keep guests warm and comfortable. While cooking may not be suitable, you can create a lounge area using candles and other lighting for ambiance. Use of pillows and blankets is perfect for snuggling in the cool weather, but remember to take these indoors after they are used to prevent nesting of rodents.