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Wood Fire Pizza Ovens: Ultimate Guide

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 6/28/17 6:30 PM

Are wood fire pizza ovens worth it?  The answer to this is yes and no.

There's an undeniable quality in having a wood fire oven, that much is undisputed. 

The sight, sound and warmth of a wood fire oven is an experience in and of itself. A unique cooking experience that offers mouth watering results for many years to come. Of all the wood fired ovens available in the market, how will you know which model will meet not only your requirements but also your expectations?

This post will be an ultimate guide.

A breakdown of what exactly goes into owning a wood fire oven, from start to finish and everything in between. Its our hope that in all this information you'll have what you'll need to answer your questions and find out if a pizza oven is right for you and your outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: guides, things to consider, FAQ, pizza ovens

The Solution To Organising Outdoor Kitchens: Bins, Drawers & More.

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 6/21/17 6:30 PM


In last week's blog we broke down some materials we recommend for your outdoor kitchen's cabinet doors, this week we're keeping to the theme and unveiling some solutions for inside your cabinets.

Organizing any kitchen can be difficult,  however when planning for a kitchen outdoors you're having to make allowances for much bigger tools than just simple kitchen tongs. Items such as pans and barbecue tools, but as well as that you can also be wanting to have much smaller spaces to hold a variety of spices and sauces, along with cutlery you plan to use for your gatherings.

This flexibility can be seemingly hard to come by, what's perfect for your kitchen might be completely different for your neighbours. How you cook and how you entertain is unique to you, which means you need to have an organized system that works for how you need it. 

Your home should be comfortable and functional, inside and outside.  

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Topics: Accessories, Cleaning, cabinets, Drawers, Bins, Organisation, Hettich

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinet Doors: A Breakdown of Materials and Colours.

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 6/14/17 6:30 PM


Cabinets can be a pretty time consuming part of designing an outdoor kitchen.

Especially colours, colours can end up being the thing that causes the most delays to your entire kitchen. And for good reason.

The overall aesthetic is heavily influenced by what your most prominent colour is. Beside your bench top, your cabinets are the biggest source of colour. 

In this post we’re going to talk about the different options available for your cabinet doors, for some inspiration and information.

A quick tip when reading this post: in the industry when you hear someone talking about an insert in regards to a cabinet, they’re referring to the material you see on the door. The material that makes up the door (minus the frame) is called an insert. 

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Topics: guides, things to consider, cabinets, colours

Why Life is Better Outdoors with Beefeater

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 6/7/17 6:30 PM

From a humble start, local icon Beefeater has positioned themselves as the market leader for quality BBQ's in Australia.

When we're in the design stages of an outdoor kitchen, and you're sourcing your appliances through us, one of the first companies we will talk about when you ask for a good quality barbecue is Beefeater and the reason is simple. Our Outdoor Kitchens are designed to give many, many years of quality lifestlye service and we need the BBQ to do the same.


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Topics: guides, Bar fridges, Barbecues, Beefeater

Brilliant White Outdoor Kitchen - Blairgowrie VIC

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 5/17/17 6:46 PM


Inspiration Corner

A recently completed project in Blairgowrie is our latest design inspiration from our outdoor kitchens catalogue. 

With an elegant and stylish aesthetic, our kitchen was the perfect addition to a modern and beautiful home.  Our client was in the process of selling their home, deciding the investment of an outdoor kitchen to be the best sales tool to add value to their home. 

Just minutes from the beach, the home owners also have a pool area just before their outdoor kitchen, creating a perfect outdoor space for this beachside Australian home.

The colour scheme of white on white compliments the warm timber panelled wall. A line of stainless steel as a splashback is not only an elegant edition, it protects the timber from the heat of the BBQ. Practical. 

Below we go into a bit more detail around the appliances and materials used in this project.


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Topics: Project profiles, Inspiration

Outdoor Kitchens: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 4/19/17 7:30 PM

Do I need an Alfresco Rangehood?

This questions answer depends entirely on your location and conditions.

A BBQ requires an alfresco rangehood which is very different to a conventional rangehood. These units are generally a semi-commercial unit with more than one motor and will need to move a minimum of 2000m3 per hour. Filters are made to a higher specification and plastic components found in a conventional rangehood are replaced with metal parts. Because of this they come at a premium price point.

A rangehood can be retro fitted after the installation of the Outdoor Kitchen, as long as there is a structure to fix to and an available power supply. If you are unsure it's a good idea to see how your BBQ performs without one. If grease and smoke become an issue then you can always install a unit down the track. If you have open walls and adequate ventilation, then you may find a rangehood is not required.

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Topics: FAQ

5 Reasons To Choose a Custom Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 4/2/17 3:00 PM




1: Custom Cabinetry is Made to Measure.


One of the biggest benefits of a custom kitchen is just that. They’re custom.

It doesn’t matter what your space is, what shape, size or location. Between walls, galley style, L-shape or Island. When you’re designing a custom kitchen you’re designing a kitchen with your space and what you need in mind.

When buying a modular unit, you’re buying  set sized components that will be best placed into your alfresco area. This isn’t to say a modular kitchen isn’t useful, it will get the job done, however when designing your own kitchen, you’re going to be able to address your own concerns oppossed to a generic off the shelf item.

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Topics: things to consider


Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 2/1/17 6:33 PM

So the LimeTree Team is heading out to the SPASA Pool & Spa show this weekend. The wait is finally almost over!

If you've seen any of our social media in the past week you probably already know this, but what you might not know is the details of the special offers we have just for the awesome people who come see us and our display.

OK, so here is what you have to do to claim both bonus offers below:

BOOK A MEASURE & QUOTE OVER THE WEEKEND and confirm your project by the end of February to claim, NOT 1, but both awesome offers from our supporting suppliers

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Topics: Events

Gloss vs Matte: Choosing Your Cabinet Door Finishes

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 1/24/17 10:19 AM


Cabinet door finishes

Maybe not the first thing you think about, but what kind of finish you have on your cabinets really can dramatically shift the style of your outdoor [or indoor] kitchen.

A finish, if you haven’t heard the term before, is what goes over the material of your cabinets for protection and numerous other benefits, but also to allow you to choose the overall look you want for your kitchen.

This may be the easiest or one of the more difficult decisions for your design, as it really sets the overall image. Depending on your preferences, and seeing as the gloss vs matte debate has been going on for as long as the options have been available, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of both. 

Through reading this, make sure that you remember that the finish that is best for you is very subjective.

What is going to make you happy is going to come from your personal style and a little research to make sure you’re happy to keep up with the maintenance. 


For me, it doesn’t matter how beautiful I find something, if it’s too demanding in its upkeep it turns me off almost straight away. This might not be the same for you though, which is fine. The good thing about everyone having different preferences is there is finishes to suit all of them.


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Topics: guides, things to consider

Bar Fridges: Everything You Need to Know [Part Two]

Posted by Kaitlyn Rogers on 10/10/16 9:30 AM

This week’s a continuation from last week’s post, where we talked about maintenance and operation for those of you more interested in the features bar fridges have to offer...


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Topics: guides, Bar fridges

Outdoor Kitchens in Melbourne.

It's all we do.


Behind the LimeTree Team are a bunch of people who love to spend time outside around an Outdoor Kitchen with people we love. Cooking & relaxing with a cold drink or two.

From the Old Mans secret BBQ recipes to getting our frothy chilled to perfection, we've gathered quite a few tips and tricks in our time.

So we have started this blog to pass on what we know and what we continue to learn.

Design - Construct - Install - Enjoy.

The LimeTree Alfresco Team

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