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Kalamazoo Expands Outdoor Kitchen Collection

Posted By: Richard Wachtel
Published: January 10, 2017

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, leading producer of premium culinary products for residential outdoor kitchens, today announced an expansion of its collection with two new releases designed to elevate choices for homeowners. These introductions include the first under-counter Smoker Cabinet and a new marine-grade stainless steel option for Kalamazoo’s outdoor kitchen collection.

These new solutions provide greater possibilities for homeowners, and fulfill ever-growing outdoor kitchen needs. Both reflect the company’s focus on innovation, performance and high-quality craftsmanship as the entire Kalamazoo collection.

Marine-grade stainless steel exhibits enhanced corrosion-resistant properties, helping to provide increased protection for outdoor kitchens, particularly in salt water climates along coastal regions. The majority of Kalamazoo products will offer the marine-grade option, including the company’s grills, pizza ovens, cabinetry and refrigeration.

“Many living in coastal environments voiced a preference for marine-grade stainless steel, so we worked diligently to deliver the best solution,” said Greg Kadens, president of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “Additionally, we see that the way homeowners are enjoying their outdoor kitchens is expanding, and they’re becoming more sophisticated outdoor cooks. Our new innovative Smoker Cabinet supports these niche cooking styles.”

Kalamazoo’s Smoker Cabinet is a competitive-grade barbecue smoker for the outdoor cook. It uses gravity-feed charcoal technology with an insulated and sealed design for maximum efficiency. Development first began in late 2013 by the company’s research and development team. They performed rigorous testing to ensure superior performance and quality control consistent with the Kalamazoo brand.

“We applied our proven expertise in live-fire cooking to this new product category, and we worked intently and carefully to create a smoker truly worthy of the Kalamazoo name,” said Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “It’s a sleek smoker that matches the modern design aesthetic of our entire collection and retains our signature performance.”

It’s available as a built-in under-counter unit or a freestanding cart version that rests on heavy-duty casters, allowing users to roll it in and out of an outdoor kitchen for a more flexible space. The smoker seamlessly blends with a Kalamazoo outdoor kitchen as it features the same door design, hardware and standard dimensions (36 inches wide by 30 inches deep).

The insulated smoking chamber allows for efficient temperature control for food on three adjustable shelves.  A vertical, sealed column of charcoal is consumed, and gravity feeds fresh charcoal into the fire. Wood chunks are placed below, and the falling embers cause them to smolder and smoke. Smoke and heat from the fire are then routed into the food chamber, where carefully engineered baffles ensure there are no hot spots while cooking.

The BBQ Guru computer-controlled fan system is included. It reliably and precisely monitors the temperature in the pit, blowing air on the fire as needed to maintain the set temperature in the pit.

Hand built in Michigan, the Smoker Cabinet is now available for order. The built-in version is priced at $10,995 and stands on adjustable stainless steel leveling legs with toe kicks available. The freestanding version sells for $13,495.

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