I first bought an unassembled model on June 16, 2007 from Home Depot on sale for $400 (regular price was $449).
I put it together in about an hour and primed it according to directions.
This is a three-burner grill with real stainless (the kind that is not magnetic like most others); it also has a side burner on the right and a condiment tray/ice bucket on the left side. I have used the side burner and my only complaint is that the hinged cover always falls closed when the burner is empty. A pot or pan usually holds it in the open position when in use so it is not a major complaint.
It has two hinged doors on the cabinet that holds/hides the propane tank. There are three hooks on the inside of the left door, as well as a small shelf for seasonings. Long-handled BBQ utensils will not hang from those hooks and big bottles of sauces or seasonings will not readily fit on the shelf. There are also three plastic hooks on the front, underside of the left-hand shelf. However, they are short and flimsy so anything heavy will just fall to the ground. I bought some nice, inexpensive stainless steel S-hooks from Ikea that work well on the handles of the side shelves. I hang my BBQ utensils and oven mitt using those and it works well.
My first unit had issues galore and I was very disappointed. The left burner would howl like a jet engine upon startup but never quieted down, the thermometer installed on the cover would rub against the frame when the lid would close (appeared to be bent), the rear-mounted electrical outlet would not work and the under-the-lid light bulb was broken.
Home Depot eventually got more inventory and they allowed me to swap out the damaged unit for a pre-assembled new one. So far, this one has performed admirably and all features are functioning, as they should be.
My first real test was involved a gigantic rack of ribs on July Fourth that spanned all three burners. The grill worked wonderfully and I still use that cookout as a benchmark.
I have not used the rotisserie but did test the included motor and infrared burner and they seem to work just fine. The grill also includes a smoker box where I use different kinds of wood chips for a variety of smoke flavors (Washington State apple wood chips are great!). The key is to either soak the chips prior to grilling or just use a squirt bottle of water and douse them during the grilling process. It is a very nice added feature and easy to use.
My only big complaint is that the main burner controls are a little tough to dial in fine adjustments to flame power. Think of it as a coarse control instead of fine tuning! Also, the battery-powered electric igniter does not always fire up all burners for some reason. It consistently lights at least one of the three burners so that is usually all that is needed. The others will fire up soon enough. However, if you only want to use one burner then you may have to reach for a match or fire up the other burners first to allow for ignition on the one you want.
The heat build-up is rapid when using all three main burners. However, I have found that using one burner is not adequate for cooking burgers or hot dogs because it only heats up to about 200 degrees F. This also makes searing difficult. Using at least two burners will generate the needed heat for most cooking, even if you do not use the cooking surface above the second burner.
Even though I never heard of Fiesta before now, I would buy the Fiesta brand and the Blue Ember model again because of the overall cost to value ratio and because its construction seems to be very sturdy. The neat little extras like the smoker box, interior light and rear electrical outlet were nice touches for this mid-priced gas grill, especially since I am a gadget lover.
I was disappointed that it was mostly being sold through Home Depot stores, at least in the Pacific Northwest. At the time of our initial purchase, the Blue Ember was not in stock anywhere on the west coast, according to Home Depot and some online postings alluded to the fact that stock was low all across the U.S. The Blue Ember gained sudden popularity due to a 2007 Consumer Reports magazine review where I first saw it. Initially, I was considering Lowes BBQ Grillware brand and Home Depot Charmenglow brand. They both had lousy reviews and the stainless steel used in those brands was the quick-to-tarnish variety that did not pass the magnet test (or even six months in the elements). Plus, they were expensive if you factored in the replacement cost within another year, which most of the reviewers had already done.
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Amount Paid (US$): 400.00