Refreshed for 2014, countertop outdoor pizza oven by Kalamazoo heats to 800°F and bakes pizzas in less than 3 minutes. Essentially, you have your very own patio pizzeria. What’s better, a delicious homemade Neapolitan-style pie cooked in about 3 minutes or calling the local pizza place and waiting for a delivery that may take up to an hour?
The redesigned 2014 version of outdoor Artisan Fire Pizza Oven, just unveiled by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, offers more power, control and an updated exterior pattern.
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 deliberately 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 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.
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. Built by hand in Kalamazoo, Michigan and priced at $6,795, the oven is available through Kalamazoo, select dealerships and certified design professionals.