Kanz Outdoors Field Kitchen and Pantry

During a short trip to Moab last week I had a chance to try out our new Field Kitchen and Pantry boxes from Kantz Outdoors. Since we started using out M416 trailer for overland travel I have been looking for a good solution for our camp kitchen. I first saw the boxes at the 2010 Overland Expo and after checking out the quality I chose to give them a try.

Kanz Kitchen

The construction of the boxes reminds me of an airplane or boat with quality aluminum and plywood panels joined with a high number of durable rivets. If a box is damaged it can be returned to Kanz Outdoors for repair.

Pantry Box on the tailgate during a lunch stop

Using the optional legs, setup was a snap. In under 10 minutes the kitchen was ready to go. Using the Bridge there is additional work space between the two boxes when setup.

Kitchen Box

Kanz Kitchen Box

Both the front and top open on the Kitchen Box providing access to the stove and storage areas. The front is attached with a durable piano hing and closes with two durable clasps.

Kitchen Box Front

The side panel of the box has a cutout for the fuel line to be attached to the stove. There is a plastic plug that fits in this hole. Once removed the plug can be replaced with some difficulty. I may add a small plate riveted at the side to cover the opening when the hose is not attached.

Right side of Kitchen Box

The back panel of the box is constructed of quality plywood and has two brackets that can be used to hang the box when being used.

Rear of Kitchen Box

The kitchen has three stove options and I chose to get the built in Partner Steel stove.  I have not performed a scientific test of the stove but I was very please with the output and the speed it boiled water. Partner has been making quality products for the rafting industry for years. The stove is fixed in place with a single thumb screw. The other stove options include a Colman dual fuel stove or a vacant space ready for the stove of your choice. The Partner Stove leaves  space above the stove that can be used for storage of a grill and other items.

Partner Steel Stove

The front door of the Kitchen box can be held closed with out shutting the top. This feature is handy when something needs to be left on the stove but the door needs to be closed.

Door Latch

Grill and accessory shelves stowed above the stove.

Pantry Box

The Pantry box is the same size as the Kitchen box and of the same construction. The exterior of the plywood has been laminated with ABS which will provide additional durability if a bear gets its paws on the box.

Pantry Box front panel

The box closes with two bear tested latches. If you are in bear county the box has been certified bear resistant.

Pantry Box side panel

The side panels top and bottom are durable aluminum with heavy duty lifting handles.

Pantry Box rear panel

The rear of the box has the same brackets as the kitchen box for hanging the pantry when being used. I am going to modify our trailer to have a place to hang the boxes which will speed camp setup.

Closeup of hanging bracket

Open bear proof latch

Closed bear proof latch

The bear proof feature of the pantry box is a nice additi0n even though the box should still be stowed where a bear can not get to it. There is a short movie on the Kanz Outdoors site showing the bear test of the pantry box.

Opened Box

The Pantry has lots of space that is divided up to make finding items much easier. The top shelf is just the right height for caned goods. The optional mats do not include one for the top shelf. A mat on this shelf would help keep the cans from sliding around.

Pantry Drawer

The Pantry includes a slide out drawer which is a great place to store small items and spices.

Pantry front panel in down position

The shelf supports for the front panels of both the Kitchen and Pantry can be un-clipped from the brackets so the shelves can be lowered out of the way.

Summary

The cost for these boxes are what one would expect for a quality USA built product ($795.00  for the kitchen as configured and $649.00 for the pantry). UPS did not treat the boxes very well during shipment and both needed to be returned to Kanz Outdoors for repair. Harald was very easy to work with and return I am very pleased with their performance and look forward to additional trip using them.

The Kitchen Boxes area available directly from Kanz Outdoors.

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tomas

Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

  2 comments for “Kanz Outdoors Field Kitchen and Pantry

  1. Lawrence Flancbaum
    January 16, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    hi tomas, ive been reading your reviews of camp stoves (namely brunton wind river range and also have noticed you’ve got the partner steel cook partner shown on this page). im torn betwen the 2 – love the look of the brunton and looks like great build quality but the cook partner though very simple looks like the one most people seem to be recommending and the one that is most bulletproof and will last a lifetime. do you have any comments or opinion on how they compare. I’m sure wont go wrong with either but your comments might help put me out of my misery and let me decide on one versus the other. ive got wife and 2 little girls to cook for on various camping trips i do around nsw australia. cheers lawrie.

    • January 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

      Either stove would be a good choice. The Brunton stove is very well build and burns very hot. I liked the way I could use the Brunton case to hold my griddle. It also has good win shielding. The only reason that I switched to the Partner Steel stove was because it integrates very well into the Kanz Kitchen. The stove is hot, but not as hot as the Brunton.

      Both stoves are equally well built.

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