Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™ Debuts New Hybrid Fire Grills; Only Gas Grills Capable of Cooking With Charcoal and Wood

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Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™, the leading manufacturer of high-end outdoor kitchen equipment, introduced today the only barbeques that cook with three different fuels at once: wood, charcoal and gas. These unique grills provide the widest cooking versatility on the market, giving their owners the freedom to pursue any outdoor cooking technique they desire — using the fuel of their choice.

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Fire Grills are the only barbeques that can cook with gas, charcoal and wood - all at the same time.

Hybrid Fire Grilling System drawers, located above the gas burners and below the cooking surface, make it possible for these powerful grills to use any combination of gas, wood or charcoal.

Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet™, the leading manufacturer of high-end outdoor kitchen equipment, introduced today at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show its new line of Hybrid Fire Grills, the only barbeques that cook with three different fuels at once: wood, charcoal and gas. These unique grills provide the widest cooking versatility on the market, giving their owners the freedom to pursue any outdoor cooking technique they desire — using the fuel of their choice.

With cooking firmly established as a "national sport," the appreciation for sophisticated flavors has now moved outdoors to the grill. People better appreciate the subtleties that come from cooking with charcoal or wood, but also desire the convenience offered by gas burners. Up until now, several separate pieces of equipment were required to capture the benefits that come from cooking with different fuels.

Hybrid Fire Grilling System drawers, located above the gas burners and below the cooking surface, make it possible for these powerful grills to use any combination of gas, wood or charcoal. Simply leave the drawers empty to use a Kalamazoo as a gas grill. Or, load the patented drawers with wood or charcoal and use the burners to start the fire. Once lit, turn off the burners to enjoy the pure, dry heat of a charcoal fire or the flavorful smoke of a wood fire.

Custom-cast brass H-burners deliver superior power and control. Gas cooking temperatures range from 250ºF for low and slow cooking to 800ºF, making the entire cooking surface a searing zone and eliminating the need for dedicated searing burners. The grills’ burner configuration offers bigger, more linear control zones, giving the outdoor cook the ability to tailor the heat to a specific section. When using charcoal or wood fuels, cooking temperatures range from a low of 150ºF to a high of 1,200ºF.

The grills also feature a one-of-a-kind ignition system that pairs a dedicated ignition burner with electronic hot surface ignition. This new approach creates the most reliable ignition system. Additionally, the ignition burner can be used alone for low-temperature smoking and barbecue.

The Hybrid Fire Grill comes in four different sizes and 12 models. Built-in or free standing options are available:

  • K500: two burners, 506 square inches of primary cooking surface, 50,000 main burner BTUs
  • K750: three burners, 726 square inches of primary cooking surface, 75,000 main burner BTUs
  • K1000: four burners, 1,012 square inches of primary cooking surface, 100,000 main burner BTUs
  • K1500: six burners, 1452 square inches of primary cooking surface, 150,000 main burner BTUs

Pricing for the Kalamazoo, Mich.- made line of grills ranges from $9,995 for the K500HB to $26,195 for the K1500HS. They will be available summer 2011.

Sleek and streamlined, the grills’ minimalist exterior allows them to blend easily into any outdoor kitchen design aesthetic or patio setting. Ambient lighting makes the control panel easily visible for night cooking.

The rotisserie motor and drive system are hidden within the grill cabinet.

"Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet has always been at the forefront of outdoor cooking innovation. The introduction of these grills definitely raises the bar for the entire industry," said Pantelis A. "Pete" Georgiadis, president of Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. "The Hybrid Fire Grills are the most versatile grills in the market, allowing the cook to be creative and enjoy cooking with any imaginable technique. They will outperform and outlast any other product in the market."

EDITOR’S NOTE: To learn more about the Hybrid Fire Grills, request high resolution photographs
or an interview with Russ Faulk about grills or outdoor kitchen trends, contact Chris Mordi at
312.423.8714 – ofc, 312.730.4764 – cell, or cmordi(at)kalamazoogourmet(dot)com.

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