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Kanz Outdoors Field Kitchen combines cooking and camping

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June 22, 2011

The Field Kitchen is a single unit that combines much of what is needed for cooking on cam...

The Field Kitchen is a single unit that combines much of what is needed for cooking on camping trips (Photos: Kanz Outdoors)

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While some people like to show off how they can survive on just wieners and beans when they're camping, others go to the opposite extreme, and set up miniature kitchens that they use to cook full meals from scratch. People in that second group, however, generally have to cart around several cases of gear, that they have to assemble and tear down for every meal. What they need is a self-contained portable camping kitchen, where all their gear can be both stored and used ... and that just happens to be what Kanz Outdoors' Field Kitchen is.

The Field Kitchen is made from marine-grade aluminum and Baltic birch plywood, and when closed up, can be carried by two rubber-coated handles. When in use, its top lid hinges up to provide some wind protection for the stove, and can then be detached to act as a serving tray. A wooden front panel, meanwhile, folds down to serve as a food preparation surface. The entire unit can be placed on a picnic table, or it can stand on its own, using an optional set of long legs.

The basic US$595 version weighs 25 pounds (12 kg) and includes a silverware drawer, various compartments for plates and cooking utensils, and a top compartment designed to fit most popular two-burner camp stoves. For a hundred bucks more, Kanz will throw in a Coleman Powerhouse 414 2-burner dual-fuel stove. For $795, you will instead get a more powerful Partner Steel 2-burner stove.

The Coleman stove version of the Field Kitchen (Photo: Kanz Outdoors)

With either of the stove-included versions, an extra $604 (bringing the total prices to $1,299 and $1,399) will get you an accessories package including a complete cookware set, side shelves, the long legs, and a second drawer kit. Other accessories that aren't part of the deal include a waterproof cover, a slide-out cutting board, an ice box, and a propane cylinder mount.

All versions of the Field Kitchen, and the accessories, can be ordered from the Kanz Outdoors website.

Source: Gizmodo

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6 Comments

Looks like the Rolls Royce of camp/backyard stoves. Not for me. I'll buy the Biolite if they ever produce it. Should be less than 10% the cost and much more efficient.

voluntaryist
23rd June, 2011 @ 10:52 am PDT

A nicely done retail version of what serious campers have been building themselves for many years. This idea is far from new. It looks like it has great workmanship overall. I wonder about the apparent thinness of the 'food prep surface'. It seems like it couldn't support much effort. The options can bring it up to $1200! Did our dollars 'inflate' that bad while I slept? It is possible of course but the price seems awfully HIGH! $600 for the basic unit? Even I could build something almost as utilitarian for a lot less. I suspect the high costs come from all of the formed aluminum. Pop-rivets aren't that expensive yet, are they?

This is good for those who don't want to build their own but have lots of money to spare. The rest of us will build our own or buy the cheap Coleman kitchen versions. Not as good as this one but they are affordable. I can carry lots of boxes for $400.

History Nut
23rd June, 2011 @ 11:30 am PDT

@History Nut -

Exactly what I was just going to post. Everyone I know that really likes to make meals when camping has a kitchen-box of some sort already. Almost all of them are made by that person, the rest by a friend of theirs. They are always customized to the cooking that the person wants to do. they also generally look much nicer than this, and much sturdier. The wood is thicker and finished with the care of a craftsman. I just can't picture this at a campsite nearly as easily as the hommade versions I have seen.

Also, how many camping trips could you support with the additional $500?

CeridianMN
23rd June, 2011 @ 12:13 pm PDT

I HAVE TO AGREE....THE PRICE IS JUST TO HIGH. GREAT IDEA BUT THIS IS MORE LL BEAN THAN REALITY.....I'LL BUILD MY OWN.

~JAMES~

James Stutsman
23rd June, 2011 @ 11:23 pm PDT

Back in the 60's there was a really comprehensive camp kitchen called a 'Seadam' and from what I can see, made rather a better fist of it too. with more ''facilities. It was 17GBP if memory serves me correctly. Inflation has got a lot to answer for, it seems

p3ter
24th June, 2011 @ 07:21 am PDT

Canadian Tire sells an even better camp kitchen; complete with a sink - for 120 bucks.

Terri Mason
21st September, 2011 @ 07:07 am PDT
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