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Turning the Patio Into a Pizzeria

What’s better, a homemade pizza cooked in three minutes or calling the local pizza place and waiting for a delivery that may take up to an hour? Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™ has unveiled the redesigned Artisan Fire Pizza Oven for 2014. More power, control, and an updated exterior pattern are the hallmarks of the new pizza oven as well as its ability to bake a Neapolitan-style pie in less than three minutes.

Powered by natural gas or liquid propane, the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven now generates more heat and a broader range of temperatures because of a burner overhaul. The new bottom burner system blasts more heat into the pizza oven’s hollow-core baking deck to better bake dough. It is part of a tandem of independently controlled burners that generate 42,000 BTUs* of cooking power, resulting in a short pre-heat time of just 20 minutes. The second burner, at the back of the oven, features an open flame that heats its ceramic ceiling stone and interior.

The ability to separately adjust the fire flowing through both burners makes it possible to get that “just right” heat to authentically bake New York-, Chicago- or Neapolitan-style pies. The oven is versatile enough to bake breads, roast vegetables, meat or fish.

“We made this oven with two stones and two burners for an authentic and versatile cooking experience,” said Russ Faulk, vice president of product development for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. “The stone on the baking deck is hollow to heat and cool quickly, the one in the ceiling is there to radiate heat back down to pizza toppings, which help create the blistered and leoparded crusts so key to Neapolitan-style pizza flavor.”

A new design aesthetic of linked circles updates the oven’s front and side panels. Designed to sit on an outdoor countertop, it is compact, measuring 30 inches wide by 30 inches deep by 20 inches high and 120 pounds. That size and weight also make it portable. The oven can be taken to the big game for the ultimate tailgate, to a friend’s house, even to the beach.

Built by hand in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and priced at $6,795, the oven is available through kalamazoogourmet.com, select dealerships and certified design professionals.

The 2014 Artisan Fire Pizza Oven starts shipping in the spring. The first generation of the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven debuted in March, 2010, at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.

To learn more about the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven, request high resolution photographs or an interview with Russ Faulk, vice president of product development, about pizza ovens or outdoor kitchen trends, contact Chris Mordi at 312.423.8714 – office, 815.701.2823 – mobile, or cmordi@kalamazoogourmet.com.

* Measured on the natural gas version of the Artisan Fire Pizza Oven.