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We are trying something new! To try and get some momentum going into the Christmas season, each week we are going to give away one of our Basic KettlePizza kits! All people have to do to enter is to like or share the our post at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kettlepizza. Told you it was easy!
It’s been a long time since I have reached out via our blog. And lots has happened since the last post! I’m proud that we are still 100% committed to producing our products in the United States as it is what we feel is the right thing to do for our economy. We have added new products, suppliers and employees. We have also had our share of failures as any startup company has. Still we are working hard and we are committed to growing and expanding. Nothing great comes easy – hard work and dedication is what is required to build a great company. More posts soon – I promise! – Al C.
I haven’t posted in a long while to our blog and there are so many things to talk about. First, the Made in USA effort is successful and going strong. Over the past year we have increased our production parts from 90% to 96% American Made. Everything from our raw steel and wood to our nuts and bolts are now Made in USA – something we are very, very proud of.
As we have grown we have made numerous “running changes” to our products. These improvements would have been impossible to make if we were sourcing our products from China. When you buy from China you usually need to buy in large volumes. Then you are stuck with that amount of product in your warehouse and it is very difficult to make changes because you would have to scrap the product sitting in inventory. We work differently using lean manufacturing techniques. Our goal is to never have more than a couple weeks worth of inventory in our warehouse. This makes it very easy to make running changes to our product line.
Export count: 40+ countries shipped to! Another thing we are very proud of! We have shipped our products from New Zealand to Thailand to Chile. As our company grows, we are looking to increase our worldwide presence though distribution partners and dealers.
New products: We have added a number of new products to the line. The most popular of which is the KettlePizza Prograte and Tombstone combination kit. This product allows quick and easy re-stoking of your grill and allows higher dome temperatures via an elevated rear firebox. It is very popular with the hardcore pizza foodies! Everything including the steel, labor and cordierite stone are all American Made. More updates soon!
We have had some pressure from the serious pizza foodies to develop a new pizza stone/grate combination. This combo can be used on the top and bottom KettlePizza standoffs. The stone is larger, thicker and “tombstone” shaped allowing more pizza cooking surface on the bottom as well as a refractory ceiling on the top. The grates are 304 grade stainless steel and provide access points on the sides and rear for restoking. The stones are made of cordierite for extreme temperatures. Delivery is expected to be September 2012. As always this product is proudly Made in USA. More details to come!
We just dropped another Made in China vendor. Our wooden pizza peels are now proudly made in Wisconsin USA! We may not be able to meet the labor rates for Chinese workers but we can make that up with efficiency and automation. Our peels are now made on a CNC router where a computer driven router cuts out each pizza peel exactly the same. Our cost is a little bit more than the Chinese peels but that is fine with us if it creates a few more American jobs. That is just doing our part for America.
As we have grown, we have had growing pains. The biggest pain is that we had manufacturing and various operations running in different locations. We have just completed our lease and we are in the process of building a cutting edge manufacturing and distribution center. Looking forward to a great 2012!
Many people have dreams of having a real brick or stone pizza oven in their back yard. I can’t blame them! Some people even want to build their own, thinking it would be a fun project. I get calls from these people often who start these projects and then can’t find the time to finish. They find the KettlePizza is a way to get started with an inexpensive pizza oven. This post is to give people a comparison of the KettlePizza and a traditional pizza oven.
A 22.5″ KettlePizza with a Weber Kettle Grill will cost you between $180.00 and $500 depending on the setup that you choose. A traditional pizza oven will most likely costs at least $1000 and that is if you do the work yourself. If you have it installed expect $2500-5000.
Mobility: You can move a KettlePizza & Weber combo wherever you want as it is on wheels. With a weight between 50 and 100 pounds you can transport it easily as well. A traditional pizza oven will be set in place and is not movable.
Startup Time: The KettlePizza takes about 20 minutes to get the charcoal/hardwood to temperature. Add another 20 minutes if you are using a stone. Most traditional pizza ovens take at least 1 1/2 hours to get to temperature.
Flexibility: Removing the KettlePizza insert takes about 30 seconds and you are left with a kettle grill. Better yet, keep it on and cook other food types using the double stack method (see video below). Traditional pizza ovens are great for cooking other foods as well once you get used to them.
In summary, a traditional pizza oven is awesome as long as you have the money, space, and time to use it. For those who don’t, the KettlePizza may be a nice alternative for you. And don’t forget, we make the KettlePizza entirely in the USA. People interested in purchasing can go to Amazon.com to see our offering.
Note: For more information on traditional pizza ovens we recommend FornoBravo.com as a very informative website.