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About this project

The Tiny Kitchen Stove: The World's "tiniest" working stove

At Tastemade, we have a deep love and appreciation for our Tiny Kitchen fans. Anytime we create and post a new episode, we get some of the most fun and encouraging feedback from fans around the world. We have been asked for years now, “Where can I get my own Tiny Kitchen Stove?” We are delighted to be making it available later this year, but we need your help to make it at an affordable price.

You’ve seen our Tiny Kitchen hands make everything from Tiny Doughnuts to Tiny Pizzas to Tiny Quesadillas - and just about everything in between. Our main goal with the project is to bring the fun of Tiny Kitchen cooking into the homes of our fans everywhere. Once this stove is complete you will see it used in all Tiny Kitchen episodes going forward - and you’ll have the opportunity to have one exactly like it.

Our other overarching goals for this project are simple and include:

  • The stove must be powered by a candle (or similar heating element) 
  • The stove must be able to cook real food just like on the show 
  • The stove must be affordable enough for fans around the world

The Design Process

Over the last year, we started talking to designers and manufacturers about the project to see what was really feasible.  The hardest part was figuring out how we could keep the cost down so it was affordable for our fans.  The current stoves we use on the show were not specifically designed for cooking tiny food and they are quite expensive at around $90-$100. 

We discussed the requirements with the Tiny Kitchen production team to get an idea of what features we should add to make a stove that's better suited for the show. The process started out with sketches, then moved to 3D drawings and 3D printed prototypes.

 

One of the early 3D renderings
One of the early 3D renderings

 

More refined 3D models for 3D printing
More refined 3D models for 3D printing

After we settled on a functional design we liked, we moved to the 3D printing process to create a few prototypes.  Seeing the stove come to life in a real 3D model really helped us better understand the size requirements as well as proposed functionality.

The 3D printing process
The 3D printing process

 

3D printed Prototype 1
3D printed Prototype 1

Functionality Testing

Once we had a prototype that was functionally sound, we began testing different types of materials that would be suitable for cooking without weighing too much. We made a few metal prototypes and performed various tests on them to gauge heat retention, temperature and form.

Functional and materials testing
Functional and materials testing

We also did a LIVE test on Instagram with one of the prototypes where we set a new Tiny Kitchen record for the most tiny donuts ever created in one hour.  The prototype stove held up well as we had two burners going for an hour straight and made 42 tiny donuts.

LIVE test on Instagram Stories
LIVE test on Instagram Stories

The Challenge

We settled on a design that worked well and then began thinking about how we would make this in production level quantities for a really affordable price.  The early results were not good. The initial manufacturing costs were very costly and would require us to sell the stove at $50 or more. We felt that was just way too expensive.

The only way to do this would be to do a real production run which is very costly.  This requires us to put up a lot of money for materials and expensive factory tooling and for that we need your help.

We are really excited to be launching this project on Kickstarter. With your support we can help get the magic of Tiny Kitchen into the homes of fans around the world.

The Tiny Kitchen Story

In November of 2015 we aired the first episode of Tiny Kitchen - a show about our passion for creating tiny food. We first heard about the tiny food movement from some of our colleagues in the Tastemade Japan studio and quickly fell in love with this artisan craft of cooking tiny food on a doll-house sized set.  The creativity, discipline and meticulous attention to detail were both inspiring and incredibly entertaining to watch.  

The very first Tiny Kitchen set was a converted dollhouse - NPR.org
The very first Tiny Kitchen set was a converted dollhouse - NPR.org

 

The pilot episode of Tiny Kitchen was Tiny Burger posted on November, 20, 2015 on our Tastemade Snapchat Discover channel.  It was one of the most shared videos we posted right from the start.  After its success we created a few more episodes and posted Tiny Vegetable Curry and Rice on January 26th on Facebook where it went on to get 39 million views.  At this point we knew we were onto something special.  

Our First Tiny Kitchen Post on Facebook
Our First Tiny Kitchen Post on Facebook

Over the course of the year, Tiny Kitchen would take the world by storm. The pilot series would become a full fledged show broadcast on Tastemade's Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat Discover Channels as well as the Tastemade app and website garnering over 200,000,000 views worldwide.  New local language versions of the show would be created in Japan, Brazil, Argentina and the UK.  

Tiny Kitchen Brazil Set
Tiny Kitchen Brazil Set

 

Tiny Kitchen Argentina Set
Tiny Kitchen Argentina Set

 

Risks and challenges

As with any creative process there are risks attached to our Tiny Kitchen project. We are dependent on fabrication partners to build and ship our product on a timely basis. We are dependent on creative professionals to design our product consistent with our brand expectations and quality.

We have been hard at work to set and manage deliverables and timelines and have set what we believe to be are reasonable delivery timing expectations. Nonetheless there are several factors that are out of our control.

We pledge to keep our backers informed every step of the way with clear and transparent updates to our project. We recognize that you are committing value to us and we pledge to recognize that value.

ADULT USE ONLY - Note: the Tiny Kitchen is a functioning stove designed to be powered by flame, so it inherently dangerous and may cause serious burns with improper use or handling.  This product is not intended for children.

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    Tiny Kitchen Fan Club + Tiny Cookbook

    Many thanks, project updates and Tiny Kitchen Fan Club membership. Also, receive a special Limited Edition Tiny Kitchen Tiny Cookbook. It is a real cookbook with real recipes to cook real tiny food and it is really tiny. Doubles as a magnet for your refrigerator!

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    FIRST BATCH: 1 Tiny Kitchen Stove

    Be one of the first people to get your very own Tiny Kitchen Stove. You will be part of the first production run.

    20% savings off retail price of $25.

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    FIRST BATCH: 2 Tiny Kitchen Stoves

    Be one of the first people to get your own Tiny Kitchen Stove. You will be part of the first production run. Buy one for yourself and one for a Tiny Kitchen obsessed friend.

    26% savings off retail price of $50 (for 2).

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    Tiny Kitchen Studio Tour

    Pickup your Tiny Kitchen Stoves on set at Tastemade Studios!

    You will receive 2 Tiny Kitchen Stoves complete with complimentary cooking utensils, pot, cutting board and serverware.

    You and a guest will go behind the scenes for a private tour of the Tiny Kitchen set and Tastemade Studio in Santa Monica, CA. You will also get exclusive access to a live Tiny Kitchen production shoot that day.

    *Airline travel, hotel and transportation NOT included.

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