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    How to Install a Stone Veneer Outdoor Kitchen with Evolve Stone

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      Creating an outdoor kitchen space with stone veneer can significantly enhance your backyard’s aesthetics and functionality. Evolve Stone, a Class B fire-rated product, offers a durable and attractive solution for DIY enthusiasts looking to transform their outdoor cooking area. Before beginning the installation process, it’s important to gather the necessary materials and understand some key considerations for a successful project.

      Evolve Stone mortarless veneer siding pool area covered patio
      For a sleek, modern look, this poolside bar and sitting area features the Capital Sky pattern in the color Phantom Shadow.

      Before You Start

      To embark on your stone veneer outdoor kitchen journey, you’ll need an appropriate substrate tailored to your application, finish nails and a finish nailer. You’ll also need standard woodworking tools for any specialty cuts, to ensure a precise fit around appliances and other elements. Equip yourself with a hammer for tapping stones into place and a level to maintain alignment throughout the installation process. While these tools are fundamental, following the Evolve Stone installation guide, available on our resources page, provides detailed insights for a seamless DIY experience.

      Safety Considerations

      A vital consideration when installing stone veneer around appliances is adherence to safety guidelines. For combustible appliances, including wood stoves, it’s essential to consult the appliance’s manual regarding non-combustible surfaces. Also, direct contact between the stone product and flames is strictly a no-no. Take these precautions to ensure a safe and compliant installation.

      Insulation is another aspect that requires attention. There’s no need to place insulation between the stove and Evolve Stone. If wood is your chosen material, opt for kiln-dried after treatment (KDAT) plywood to prevent moisture-related issues. Proper material selection and adherence to safety guidelines lay the foundation for a secure and long-lasting outdoor kitchen.

      RELATED: Using Mortarless Stone Veneer for Outdoor Living Spaces

      For a comprehensive understanding of Evolve Stone’s installation process, our stone veneer installation blog provides valuable insights and tips. This resource offers a step-by-step guide, which showcases the nuances of the process and addresses potential challenges that may arise during installation.

      The versatility of Evolve Stone allows for creative freedom in designing various elements within your outdoor kitchen. Whether it’s framing a grill, adorning a pizza oven, constructing a kitchen or bar island, creating a seating area, dressing up surrounding walls, or accentuating columns, the Evolve Stone possibilities are extensive.

      But remember to adhere to one fundamental rule for fire safety – never use stone veneer on a horizontal surface, such as a countertop. This precaution ensures that the fire-rated stone veneer is used in a manner consistent with safety standards.

      Advantages of Stone Veneer in an Outdoor Cooking Space

      As an exceedingly popular design element, let’s consider the advantages of working with Evolve Stone mortarless stone veneer as an outdoor kitchen or fireplace feature.

      Evolve Stone has a number of advantages such as color versatility & installation ease.


      When comparing costs between stone veneer and natural stone veneer, there is a difference when it comes to material costs and on-the-wall cost during installation. The material cost is solely based on how much the product costs per square footage. On-the-wall cost includes variables including time, labor and required materials and tools. As a mortarless, easy-to-install stone veneer, Evolve Stone is less labor intensive, so it can be a cost-saving option for those looking to do a DIY install.


      Improving the installation process with its lightweight properties, Evolve Stone installs up to 10X faster than its competitors. This timeframe also speaks to Evolve Stone’s workability, as custom cuts or adjustments for distinctive installation spaces can be achieved by cutting the product with standard woodworking tools.


      Capable of withstanding the harshest elements, Evolve Stone is extremely durable. Don’t let its lightweight nature fool you, as Evolve Stone is UV resistant, isn’t affected by salt spray, withstands freeze-thaw cycles, doesn’t retain water and performs extremely well under wind loading. It’s durability also minimizes the likelihood for waste and breakage. Evolve Stone’s resistance to fading, cracking and deterioration ensures that your outdoor fireplace or oven remains resilient over time, so it maintains its aesthetic appeal despite the elements.

      Color versatility

      Color plays a pivotal role in setting the tone for your outdoor kitchen. Evolve Stone’s collection, featuring Dune Point, Kodiak Mine, Morning Aspen and Phantom Shadow, provides a spectrum of options. These colors are not just surface-deep; they are beautifully infused throughout, ensuring a lasting vibrancy that withstands the elements. Whether you lean toward warm organic hues or prefer a more modern and monochromatic palette, Evolve Stone has you covered.

      Evolve Stone offers a plethora of color options & styles.

      For a spark of creativity, consider blending colors to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. Experiment with a 50/50 or 80/20 ratio, which allows you to customize the appearance of your Evolve stone veneer. This blending technique adds an element of intrigue, enabling you to tailor the aesthetics to match your personal style and the surrounding environment.

      RELATED: How to Maintain the Color of Mortarless Stone Veneer

      If you experiment with color blends, maintain consistency in the top and bottom borders, so you create a harmonious visual flow.


      Evolve Stone goes beyond just color, offering a rich texture that mimics the authenticity of natural stone. Texture is key, particularly for structures such as fireplaces and ovens that become focal points in outdoor settings.

      Evolve Stone mortarless veneer siding exterior grill table
      Playing with the natural elements in this outdoor space, this stone veneer grill island features the National True pattern in the color Morning Aspen.

      Kodiak Mine, with its rugged attitude, can enhance the authenticity of a traditional fireplace, while the refined texture of Morning Aspen may add a touch of sophistication to a contemporary oven. Consider also the intricate details and realistic feel of the Evolve Stone veneer contribute to the overall appeal of your outdoor kitchen.

      Installation Ease

      One of the key advantages of using Evolve Stone for your outdoor kitchen is its ease of installation. Designed with a lightweight structure, this faux stone veneer simplifies the DIY process, allowing homeowners to embark on their outdoor kitchen project with confidence. The interlocking panels facilitate a seamless installation process, ensuring a professional finish without the need for specialized skills or tools.

      Evolve Stone mortarless veneer siding exterior fire pit
      Adding extra texture and an organic look and feel, this fire pit features the Georgetown Run style in the color Morning Aspen.

      Armed with the right tools, materials and a solid understanding of safety guidelines, your DIY project with Evolve Stone mortarless stone veneer can result in a stunning and safe culinary haven. The key lies in meticulous planning, adherence to the manufacturer’s recommendations and an imaginative approach to bring your outdoor cooking space to life.


      What tools do I need for installing stone veneer in my outdoor kitchen?

      Basic woodworking tools, a finish nailer, hammer, and level are essential. Detailed guidance is available in the Evolve Stone installation guide.

      How do I ensure safety when installing stone veneer around appliances?

      Consult appliance manuals for safety guidelines, maintain a minimum distance of 36 inches from combustible appliances, and avoid direct contact between the stone and flames.

      Is Evolve Stone durable enough for outdoor use?

      Yes, Evolve Stone is highly durable, UV resistant, salt spray resistant, and can withstand freeze-thaw cycles, ensuring longevity in outdoor environments.

      What color options are available with Evolve Stone?

      Evolve Stone offers a range of colors including Dune Point, Kodiak Mine, Morning Aspen, and Phantom Shadow, all infused with lasting vibrancy.

      Is Evolve Stone easy to install for DIY projects?

      Yes, Evolve Stone’s lightweight structure and interlocking panels simplify installation, making it suitable for homeowners embarking on DIY outdoor kitchen projects.

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