EXHIBITOR NEWS

New freestanding pizza oven expands functionality and convenience

Jan 19, 2016

Today at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has expanded its Artisan Fire Pizza Oven collection with the launch of a freestanding version. This new model is designed for backyard cooks who enjoy making pizza, but also need more flexibility in their outdoor living space.

The stainless-steel freestanding Artisan Fire Pizza Oven (AFPO-T) features the same unrivaled cooking performance as the original countertop model with the added convenience of having it rest atop a compact, wheeled cart. The cart by itself measures 66 and ¼ inches wide, 36 inches tall and 26 inches deep.

The storage area of the cart accommodates – and discretely hides – a liquid propane cylinder. Above that, a pair of shelves flank the oven, providing added workspace, while another small shelf below keeps pizza-making essentials close at hand.

“The needs of each outdoor cook are unique, so we’re always looking different ways to elevate the outdoor cooking experience,” said Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “Our new freestanding Artisan Fire Pizza Oven accomplishes that – it provides pizza lovers with added versatility, and a mobile solution for their cooking.”

The original countertop model of the Kalamazoo Artisan Fire Pizza Oven set new standards for performance when it released in 2010. The redesign in 2014 raised the performance level even further. In 2015, a built-in version was unveiled, bringing unmatched convenience and intense cooking power to a more classic, built-in format.

Like the other Artisan Fire Pizza Oven versions, the freestanding model is stone-lined and mimics the cooking capabilities of a traditional wood-fired pizza oven. Two independently adjustable burners deliver temperatures from 250°F to more than 800°F, with heat that can be tailored to different pizza styles, as well as breads, meat and fish dishes. Baking a Neapolitan-style pizza takes fewer than three minutes at full heat.

Pizzas cook directly on a responsive hollow-core ceramic cooking deck that measures 24 inches by 18 inches. Its honeycombed interior is designed to quickly heat up and cool down. A ceiling stone radiates heat down from above to quickly brown toppings.

It’s available for natural gas (52,000 BTUs) or liquid propane (35,000 BTUs).
Hand built at the time of order in the Kalamazoo area of Michigan, the freestanding Artisan Fire Pizza Oven will be available this spring through kalamazoogourmet.com, select dealerships throughout the United States and Canada and certified design professionals. To find the nearest showroom, visit the dealer locator on the Kalamazoo website.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about the freestanding Artisan Fire Pizza Oven, request high-resolution images or schedule an interview with Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product, contact Brad Carlson at 312-423-8703 (office), 630-915-1414 (mobile) or bcarlson@kalamazoogourmet.com.

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