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Those panels are for people without the skills and projects without the budget to use nicer finishes. That's not an insult - it's the manufacturers' marketing message, though they don't word it exactly that way.

If I didn't have the skills or the budget, I'd look for a different finish, rather than the fake stone panels. One aesthetic problem with the fake stone is that it often implies a structure that one knows to be impossible: the brain knows that no, the door below the grill is not a rubble wall, and it therefore must be something fake. Edges and corners are generally a disaster with those products, also, and also with the concrete stamps and molds.

That's my reaction. To answer your question, I haven't used them in an outdoor kitchen, but I've only built a couple. Some of the guys around here have probably built dozens.
 
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