BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- In America's Southwest, cooking and pouring beer in an outdoor kitchen in mid-January can be a rite of passage. In the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, it teeters between dedication and masochism.The flush pre-recession years brought the outdoor kitchen and its 56-inch grills, infrared searing surfaces, warming drawers, sinks, wine refrigerators and keg tappers into chillier, previously undiscovered country. Luxury outdoor kitchen supplier Lynx Grills, for example, began complementing its lineup of $3,000 to $7,000 built-in grills with $2,000 to $2,500 hoods and vents for partially enclosed spaces and $1,400 patio heaters. Like those of their competitors, these products are made of Nor'easter resistant stainless steel that can weather New England snow and salt or a Seattle soaking. As a result, the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association says that, of the 82% of North American households that owned grills or smokers in 2009, 56% used them year-round. For Lynx customers -- who average $150,000 a year in salary and $500,000 in home value -- geography hasn't been a deterrent. "Some of the markets that you wouldn't believe to be successful for outdoor kitchens are some of our fastest-growing markets," says Brian Eskew, marketing director for luxury outdoor cooking outfit Lynx Grills, which is based in Commerce, Calif. "New York and New Jersey? Huge."
|Lynx Grills sells a line of built-in outdoor grills for $3,000 to $7,000.|