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Thread: Outside Cooking Station

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Ames, IA

    Outside Cooking Station

    Can anyone suggest a good top coat for an outside cooking station counter top that's open to the elements? It's made from Red Grandis. Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Peoria, IL
    Any kind of film finish will require a lot of maintenance, probably every other year of sanding and recoating. Some kind of oil would be better, but I have no direct experience with that. How about nothing? How much sun exposure? UV is what kills a finish.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    Whatever you do about the finish, get a fabric cover for the station. It will protect the station for the 99% of the time it is not being used for cooling.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2021
    Columbia MO and Howard County MO
    Old Down East Deck Finnish might be OK. It is a mixture of Linseed Oil, Pine Tar, Gum Turps and Japan Drier. It might even be non toxic in tiny quantities. It is promoted by Jamestown Distributors and they carry the ingredients. My favorite part of the outside cooking station is the high BTU burner for the Wok.

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    Last edited by Maurice Mcmurry; 06-21-2022 at 5:43 PM.
    Best Regards, Maurice

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Fairbanks AK
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    I used a sacrificial layer of Doug Fir plywood for the top of my outdoor kitchen counter. It is not food safe, but I have an enormous cutting board for it that lives in the garage, and the DF ply can take a hot cast iron piece off a an open fire without too much trouble, though there are some char marks.

    I have never used Red Grandis. I built mine planning to shovel snow off it regularly when cooking in the winter months.

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