Adding water access to your BBQ rig is a great way to make the grilling process run smoothly. No more constant trips indoors and back carrying containers of water. But while this sounds like a great idea, just how can you get it done? This article will share tips on how you can efficiently install a BBQ sink to your rig and keep getting your grill on!
Choose the right BBQ Sink
The first step is to choose the right type of sink that will suit your BBQ setup. You have the freedom to choose from many different shapes and sizes. As for the material, stainless steel is the obvious choice. For an outdoor setup, it is durable, hygienic and convenient for use. The material is important because you definitely want to avoid rust building up on the surface of the BBQ sink.
Identify where you want the Sink to go
Each grill setup is unique. It is, therefore, important for you to identify where you would like your sink to be located. That way you can begin to plan out how you will add water access.
Typically, adding the sink to the front or the sides of the BBQ rig can make it easily accessible and less intrusive on the rig itself.
Identify a Source of Water
There are many ways to which you can add water to the BBQ sink. One way to do it is to run a supply pipe designated for outdoor use from the indoor pipes. You can install the supply pipe by joining it to the indoor supply, installing several shut-off valves along the length, and sloping them slightly to enable the pipe to drain.
Another way to do it is to connect a garden hose to the inlet of the BBQ sink and regulate water coming in from the source of the hose. This makes it quick and convenient to gain water access. A third way to do it is to install a tank underneath the BBQ sink that can act as a reservoir water source if you do not have access to a direct source. The size of the tank will depend on your needs and the size of your BBQ rig. Once you have the tank installed, all you need is to add an inlet pipe going towards the sink and a drainage pipe (discussed below).
Install a Drainage Pipe
Of course, you can’t have a BBQ sink without figuring out where the water will drain. The first step is to hook up a pipe that connects to the bottom of the sink where the water is draining. But where will it drain to? There are several options to consider.
You can install a wastewater tank, which you can drain anytime it fills up. Another option is to run the drainage pipe back into the indoor plumbing system (this step is more involving but it allows you to use your sink much like you would an indoor sink). You could also set up a dry well where the waste will run into. If you choose this option, be selective of what you will drain down the sink because there is the risk of the dry well having an unattractive smell as it continues to fill up.
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