Published on June 10th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Outdoor cooking with the Varde

David takes the cooking outdoors by hacking a Varde sink unit into something better than a BBQ grill.

He says, “When we moved to California, our apartment had an electric stove, which we hate. Also, we wanted to be outside on the patio to enjoy the weather. We’re vegetarians, so we don’t actually grill that much. So we did this instead. We got a Varde sink unit on sale, enlarged the precut hole a bit and dropped in a propane cooktop designed for an RV that I bought off eBay for about $25. Add a tank, and we’re cooking with (propane) gas! The hole for the faucet is still there. I’m trying to decide whether to fill it with wood or to put some metal cup thing underneath so that it can be an integrated place to dispose of matches used to light the burners.”


Taking the Y out of D.I.Y.
Ikea is putting on its clever advertising hat again. This time its for their assembly service in Germany. I’ve heard many complaints about their assembly instructions (though I think they are one of the best instruction sheets I’ve ever seen), so the jokes on them for this campaign.

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12 Responses to Outdoor cooking with the Varde

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey neighbor, what a small world! We used to live in the same apartment complex and everyday, my husband and I would walk past your patio and comment on how much we loved your outdoor cook-top! We’ve since moved into our house and are so going to make one of these; thank you for posting the how-to! If I remember correctly, didn’t you also make a nice little all-weather cover for it too? Thanks again neighbor!

  2. says:

    nice post

  3. look_of_disapproval says:


  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh. I am so doing this.

  5. Justin says:

    Doesn’t look at all fire retardant.

  6. Calamity Anne says:


  7. Paul says:

    One of the more impressive hacks I’ve seen in a long time! Way to go.

  8. Anonymous says:

    That is just THE coolest thing I’ve seen. I’d love to make one, put some locking wheels on the bottom and roll it out next to my grill! Who needs a side burner when you can have a whole cooktop!!! AWESOME!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wow, brilliant!

  10. Anonymous says:

    How about using the hole for a flexible pot filler facucet — maybe just rig it underneith to take a regular garden hose(?) Not sure where to find one of those on a budget though.

  11. Ruthie says:

    Great hack!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. I’m in a similar situation – living in SoCal, got a gas stove, but no venting. So I have a table outside with a butane stove (from an Asian supermarket – these have very high heat output. Very inexpensive ($20) but must be used outdoors due to the amount of oxygen they consume). Great to be able to cook outdoors.

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