No list of essential summer toys would be complete without a serious grill—and the Hybrid Fire Grills from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet can turn a backyard amateur into a bona fide grill master. The models—which range from $10,495 for a built-in two-burner model to $21,195 for a four-burner freestanding version—offer three distinct cooking surfaces and can pump out as many as 150,000 thermal units of heat through burners that use either propane or natural gas. Kalamazoo equips all Hybrid grills with a perforated stainless-steel drawer located above the burners that can be filled with charcoal or wood.
This fall, the company is launching its made-to-order K750GT Gaucho Grill, which can use either wood or charcoal for fuel. The 30-inch wheel affixed to the unit’s right-hand side precisely controls the height of the interchangeable cooking surfaces via a wheel-and-cable mechanism, allowing for low-heat barbecuing and high-heat grilling. The Gaucho’s grill rack is an impressive 726 square inches, and the unit includes an ash-collection system for easy cleanup. The Gaucho Grill is priced between about $17,500 and $21,200. (www.kalamazoogourmet.com)