Cool Off Outdoor Dining with a Mist

We're on a roadtrip that has currently taken us to the Southwest U.S. With 108-degree days being routine, every outdoor dining experience we've encountered has been complete with a very fine mist overhead to help cool things down. It's a detail that's new to us, but we've come to like the cool, inviting mist and look for it when we're choosing a place to eat. It's got us wondering if we could recreate something similar when we're grilling outdoors back in the Midwest this summer:

Here are a few ideas for recreating such an oasis at home when dining and entertaining outdoors this summer:

  • Here are step-by-step instructions on how to install an all-out overhead misting system yourself from the DIY Network.

A fine mist is an economical way of cooling outdoor air: it uses a minimum amount of water and the moisture in the air cools you as you move about. Is this something that would work as a coolant for you when you're eating outdoors this summer? Or do you think it's an unnecessary frill that over-complicates simple outdoor home dining?

Related: Weekend Project: Spruce Up the Dining Patio

(Image: Big Fogg Restaurant Cooling)