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GRILLNETICS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we hear at Grillnetics. If you don’t see your question or you need additional details, our expert design team is ready to help. Reach out today to learn more.

Where can I go to see your products?

Our showroom in Fort Collins, Colorado. We are happy to arrange private tours if you are local, virtual consultations if you're not local, or walk you through our gallery and help you narrow in on what you're looking for.

Do You Sell Direct?

YES! We sell direct to contractors, DIYers, and homeowners. Call or contact us to order today. Our cabinets can also be purchased through authorized retailers and distributors.

Do You Have a Trade Program?

YES!  We highly value our relationships with our trade partners. We’d love to work with you. Click here for more information about our trade program.

Can I Create a Custom Outdoor Kitchen with Your System?

YES! The Grillnetics System delivers the outdoor kitchen of your dreams with more than 60 models of cabinets in 3-inch increments with adjustable vertical/horizontal rails system. Our pre-finished islands allow you to choose your configuration (straight or L-shaped), base island (size), countertop (10 granite options), stone facing and corners (10 stone options), and island appliance placement. Our fully custom finished islands offer one-of-a-kind designs in configuration, size, countertop, facing and corners, and appliance placement.

What Materials Are Used to Construct Your Cabinets?

Our cabinets are made from Aluminum 6063 and Permabase. Aluminum 6063 is an architectural alloy that is incredibly resistant to corrosion, does not rust, and does not require any coatings or paint because it is protected by its own naturally occurring oxide film. Aluminum can be further enhanced with a variety of finishes such as anodizing, powder coating, brushed finish, media blasting, painting, polishing, or chemical wash techniques.

What is a Typical Lead Time for a Grillnetics Project?

We build each custom Grillnetics System once you have approved the design. Our aim is ship ready-to-finish kits within four to six weeks of order and finished islands within six to eight weeks of order. For current lead times, please feel to reach out to one of our sales associates to discuss your project.

Does Grillnetics Provide Elevation or Plan-View Layouts?

YES! We offer professional design for every project. After you provide your dimensions and appliance specs, a dedicated account manager will work with our design team for elevation and plan-view designs. We can also provide photo-realistic renderings.

What Types of Finishes Work with the Grillnetics System?

All Grillnetics cabinets are crafted with PermaBase Cement board cladding on the front and back. It is glued and screwed to the aluminum frame, ready for all types of finishes including stone veneers, tile, stucco, wood, Drivit, lap siding, and architectural steel (corrugated or smooth). The design possibilities are endless!

Are Your Cabinets Fire Proof?

No. Everything has a melting, combustion point. However, our cabinets are fire resistant. In backdraft conditions or grease fires, our cabinets dramatically decrease the risk that combustion inside the cabinet will spread to surrounding walls. Always check local code and appliance manufacturer’s warnings for clearance guidelines for combustibles.

Will I Need A Grill Liner with the Grillnetics System?

No. As long as a noncombustible countertop material and substrate are used, you do not need a grill liner. Refer to appliance manufacturer’s recommendations and local codes.

How Do I Level the Cabinets?

All Grillnetics island cabinets come with four leveling feet that can be adjusted inside the cabinet using a nut driver on a cordless drill. With four inches of adjustment, our System makes leveling easy, even over a long run of cabinets on a sloping patio.

How Do I Fill Gaps Under Cabinets that Have Been Leveled on a Sloping Surface?

Use the slope filler strip provided in your island kit. Simply cut at a taper to match the slope and stand it up against the legs. The leveling legs on the cabinet are set back 1.5 inches from all face sides for this reason. Use the clip system on the back of the slope filler strip to fasten it to the cabinet. Be sure to consider the drainage needed for your surface—possibly fasten the filler strip up .25”–.5” from the ground to allow drainage under the cabinet to avoid puddles. Once the filler strip is in place, carry your finish down onto the wood for a complete, clean look.

How Do I Connect the Cabinets Together?

All Grillnetics island cabinets and components are held together by Star head self-tapping screws that come with each component. Once each cabinet is in place and leveled, simply screw them together for a continuous, ridged bank of cabinets.

What is an Adjustable Horizontal/Vertical Rail, and When Do I Need to Use One?

Adjustable horizontal rails attach to adjustable vertical rails. They act as support for heavy stainless doors and drawers, warming ovens, ice chest roll outs, and appliance combinations. The vertical rails adjust to the width while the horizontal rails adjust for the height. Vertical rails are standard on all base cabinets and optional on fire table bases that might need a propane drawer installed.

When Do I Use a Grill Support Arm?

Grill support arms are standard on 36”–72” GC series cabinets. Support arms allow the grill to be offset left or right in the cabinet, while providing support for the countertop and grill. Once the grill support arms are screwed in place at the grill’s rough opening width, the front rail is clipped in between the grill arms. Ordering an extra set of grill support arms allow for side burners, side sears, or other appliances to be set in the same grill cabinet.

What Do I Use to Cut Aluminum?

You will need a hack saw or saws all with a metal cutting blade.

Do I Have to Vent the Cabinets?

We recommend a vent toward the bottom in any cabinet that has a gas appliance in it. It provides combustion air along with a place for gas to escape in case there is a leak or if the gas is left on without a flame. As always, check the appliance manufacturer’s guidelines along with state and local codes. Our finished island solutions include vents on the back of the grill cabinet.

What Kind of Countertops Work with the Grillnetics System?

Our outdoor island countertops can be granite, cut stone, powder-coated steel, stainless steel, and tile (with a proper substrate meant to be outdoors that won’t swell with any water penetration). Our design experts help you select the right countertop that will complement the finished look you have in mind. We currently offer a carefully curated collection of 10 different granites if you choose to use one of our finished solutions.

Does the Grillnetics System Come with Electrical Boxes?

No. A local electrical contractor can help based on appliance power needs, backsplash outlets, codes, and permits.

What Grills Work with the Grillnetics System?

Virtually any grill will fit in our cabinets, which are adjustable in width for all self-rimming grills. Most of our clients choose to work with high quality brands such as Lynx, Twin Eagles, Delta Heat, Hestan, and Blaze. Self-rimming grills have a flange that projects onto the countertop from the main grill body. The grill must not exceed 11” plus the counter thickness in overall height for standard sizes. The grill cabinet will be shipped with cement board (Perma base brand) across the entire front and back of cabinet and secured to the frame. Once the rough opening and the left and right positioning have been determined for your grill, simply remove the cement board with a saw to create the exact grill opening you need. Our expert design team will ensure your grill components are included in your design.

What Does Self-Rimming Mean?

Self-rimming means that it is countertop supported. Grillnetics cabinets are designed for self-rimming appliances and components.

When Do I Need a Back Frame (BFC)?

Back frames are used to extend the countertop space between two cabinets. Because the space between does not have appliance doors or drawers, the back frame only supports the countertop. We recommend using it between two cabinets to bolt it on both ends at both the front and back.

Do You Offer a Solution for Non-Rated Refrigerators?

Yes, we offer a nonrated refrigerator cabinet for small beverage coolers (SBC). The cabinet raises the cooler off the ground and closer to the underside of the countertop, making it easier to access.

When Do I Need End Cladding?

All Grillnetics cabinets are crafted with back, front, and bottom end cladding (ECK). We offer the end cladding to go on both ends or one end of cabinet run depending on what is exposed and needing to be finished. Several cabinets in a run are open between to allow electrical conduit runs and gas piping runs without cutting holes between cabinets. Our design team can ensure that you have the required cabinets for your project.

Do the Cabinets Need to be Bolted Down?

Not in most cases. Once your Grillnetics island is leveled and screwed together, it’s not likely to move. Furthermore, once finishes, counters, and appliances have been added, the weight increases dramatically, making movement unlikely.

When Do You Use the Tall Backsplash?

We offer a tall backsplash for screening, aesthetics, or to block air in high-wind prone areas.