Blue Ember Gas Grill Recall: Reports of Fires and Severe Burns

About 88,000 Blue Ember Gas Grills have been recalled after reports of 161 gas grill fires and at least nine burn injuries caused by the defective design of the gas tank hose.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada announced the gas grill recall on Tuesday, warning that a hose connected to the propane grill’s gas tank can get too close to the firebox and overheat. The action is an expansion of a prior Blue Ember grill recall of 47,000 of the gas grills issued in October 2008 for the same problem. However, at that point no injuries were reported.

Fiesta Gas Grills, of Dickson, Tenn. imported the gas grills, which were manufactured in China. The reports of gas grill fires received by Fiesta are likely only a small fraction of the true number of problems that have occurred. Out of the nine reported injuries, at least two involved major burns on different parts of the body, six involved minor burns and one involved temporary hearing loss.

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The Blue Ember Gas Grills are liquid propane outdoor grills sold in silver and black or silver and gray, with “Blue Ember” printed on the hood of the grill. The grill has a two-door cabinet style arrangement. The model numbers affected by the recall are FG50045, FG50057 and FG50069.

The liquid propane grills were sold at retailers throughout the United States from November 2006 through June 2008, and in Canada through May 2009.

The CPSC is recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled gas grill and contact Fiesta for a free replacement grease pan assembly and instructions for installing the part and the gas tank. The CPSC also recommends that consumers inspect the gas burner hose and regulator for signs of damage. Fiesta Gas Grills will replace the parts if they have been damaged.

Additional information can be obtained from Fiesta Gas Grills at (866)740-7849 or online at www.blueembergrills.com.

In the event that a gas grill fire or severe injury was caused by the defective Blue Ember grills, product liability lawyers recommend that the grills be stored in a manner to prevent further use, with no modifications or changes made to the grill until after any potential legal action has been reviewed.

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14 Comments

  • LindaJune 19, 2022 at 11:41 am

    We had d bought a 3 embers grill and used it a few times, then last year it started burning very hot and the knobs all melted off….so it was under warranty so tractor supply replaced it….we was cooking out this morning for Father’s Day and I noticed that one of the knobs was falling off yet again….then immediately checking the other knobs and the had started to melt also….these grills need to be r[Show More]We had d bought a 3 embers grill and used it a few times, then last year it started burning very hot and the knobs all melted off….so it was under warranty so tractor supply replaced it….we was cooking out this morning for Father’s Day and I noticed that one of the knobs was falling off yet again….then immediately checking the other knobs and the had started to melt also….these grills need to be recalled…. The propane tank was getting hot also…..don’t trust these grills….they are going to hurt someone

  • RickJuly 17, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    This grill burned the side of my house off, this happened almost 10 years ago, the company was extremely rude when we reached out for help as there product destroyed my home. It was some kind of a joke to Fiesta. They would hang up on us when we called. They said it was not there fault, yet a year latter we got the recall notice in the mail, telling us not to use grill due to fire hazard. They sho[Show More]This grill burned the side of my house off, this happened almost 10 years ago, the company was extremely rude when we reached out for help as there product destroyed my home. It was some kind of a joke to Fiesta. They would hang up on us when we called. They said it was not there fault, yet a year latter we got the recall notice in the mail, telling us not to use grill due to fire hazard. They should have had to pay all the damages and then some, however Home Depot and Fiesta did zero to help us with our huge loss. They need to be hurt like we where in there pocket. Worst company I have ever dealt with. I have video of the fire and all the damages, my dad was dieing from cancer and instead of spending the last month of his life with him I had to fix my home so my family had a place to live.All the money in the world will never bring back the time I lost with my Dad from the defective Fiesta. We did have a investigator show up two days after the fire and take 100's of photos and taped interviews with my wife and I. I will regret buying this grill the rest of my life.

  • MichelleJuly 10, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Our house burned last night due to this grill. It's a total loss. Most of what we own is either gone or severely smoke damaged, and the house will have to be leveled. You can bet your ass I'll be seeking damages for our losses. Is there a class action lawsuit about this issue? This grill was a gift from my parents, purchased from Lowe's, warranty card submitted, no notice of a recall was ever [Show More]Our house burned last night due to this grill. It's a total loss. Most of what we own is either gone or severely smoke damaged, and the house will have to be leveled. You can bet your ass I'll be seeking damages for our losses. Is there a class action lawsuit about this issue? This grill was a gift from my parents, purchased from Lowe's, warranty card submitted, no notice of a recall was ever received. My husband could have been seriously injured or killed when the propane tank exploded while he was trying to save our house with a garden hose. Four explosions later, there was nothing mite he could do except wait for the fire department. This is criminal.

  • SusanMay 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    My drip pan was rusted and I was searching for a replacement part and found about this recall. I had no idea! I won't be getting the replacement part after reading other's comments. Too scary. My gosh - nothing was posted at Home Depot or Lowes where I purchased it years ago?! This grill will be going into storage. Makes me sick.

  • CurtisNovember 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I lost my house to the grill. Last year 10/28/2014. Still recovering from it.

  • HeatherJuly 17, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I had the same experience, my grill caught fire on July 4th and it was absolutely terrifying. Thank God for a brave husband and brother who put out the fire with a garden hose. All of my family and friends were present for our near explosion. I burnt both of my hands before I had any idea what was happening. I will not be getting rid of this grill. It is going into storage for the inevitable class[Show More]I had the same experience, my grill caught fire on July 4th and it was absolutely terrifying. Thank God for a brave husband and brother who put out the fire with a garden hose. All of my family and friends were present for our near explosion. I burnt both of my hands before I had any idea what was happening. I will not be getting rid of this grill. It is going into storage for the inevitable class action lawsuit. This company is insane, they haven't notified anyone!! There lask of concern is criminal. I pray that others are as fortunate as we were....

  • TammyJuly 16, 2012 at 2:48 am

    I purchased this grill for Father's Day one year and ordered a Rotisserie part this next year for Father's Day and talked to someone live to place the order. Never did they inform me of the recall on this grill. Two months later in August my 16 year old was severely burned on his face, arms, and upper body with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He was taken by ambulance to burn center. Our family had [Show More]I purchased this grill for Father's Day one year and ordered a Rotisserie part this next year for Father's Day and talked to someone live to place the order. Never did they inform me of the recall on this grill. Two months later in August my 16 year old was severely burned on his face, arms, and upper body with 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He was taken by ambulance to burn center. Our family had ambulance, hospital, and doctor bills to pay after this accident. This fire also started from the hose. Thank God our son had the sense to jump into the shower since his skin was literally on fire or all of the burns would have been 3rd degree burns. Please get rid of this grill before it burns a family member. This company will do absolutely nothing for your loss.

  • ChrisJuly 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I had a similar incident occur May 2011, the bbq became engulfed in flames. The Canadian Distributor for Blue Ember replaced all the required parts. However, the same issue occured July 2012, the BBQ is destroyed!! I will never purchase a fiesta product again!

  • KyleMarch 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    My grease pan had completely rusted out and fallen onto the propane tank below. Luckily, this happened while the grill wasn't in use. I e-mailed blue ember and they said in order to qualify for a replacement part, I would need a receipt or serial number. I no longer have the receipt as I purchased this grill a few years ago, and there is no serial number or model number plate on my grill anywhere[Show More]My grease pan had completely rusted out and fallen onto the propane tank below. Luckily, this happened while the grill wasn't in use. I e-mailed blue ember and they said in order to qualify for a replacement part, I would need a receipt or serial number. I no longer have the receipt as I purchased this grill a few years ago, and there is no serial number or model number plate on my grill anywhere. After some googling, I see that I'm not the only one with no serial number. So, since I could not produce either of these for the agent, I get no replacement. I will NEVER buy a Blue Ember/Fiesta grill again and I strongly suggest you all look elsewhere as well!! What a joke this company is.

  • ChrisDecember 28, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I am incredibly shocked to have just learned of this recall. On Sept 30, 2011 we lost our home in a fire. I was using my Blue Ember grill to prepare for a charity event cook out that we hold every year. We heard a terrible noise from outside and soon saw that the grill was engulfed in flames. The frame of the grill collapsed setting the deck and house on fire. Everyone got out of the house safely,[Show More]I am incredibly shocked to have just learned of this recall. On Sept 30, 2011 we lost our home in a fire. I was using my Blue Ember grill to prepare for a charity event cook out that we hold every year. We heard a terrible noise from outside and soon saw that the grill was engulfed in flames. The frame of the grill collapsed setting the deck and house on fire. Everyone got out of the house safely, but in the end the fire got to the roof and took the house. We spent the first month in a hotel and now have been in a rental home for the past 2 months. I found out about this recall coincidentally through a conversation with a stranger. When I read the many stories posted on line I could not believe it and am more thankful than ever that my family is safe.

  • M BlairNovember 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    The drip tray and grease pan rusted through on our Blue Ember grill in July. We went to the website to find out how to order new parts and that is where we found out that there was a recall on this grill. We had sent in the warranty card several years ago when we purchased the grill, but were never notified of the recall. I called the company and was told to work with another company that was[Show More]The drip tray and grease pan rusted through on our Blue Ember grill in July. We went to the website to find out how to order new parts and that is where we found out that there was a recall on this grill. We had sent in the warranty card several years ago when we purchased the grill, but were never notified of the recall. I called the company and was told to work with another company that was handling the recalled replacement parts. We have been getting the run around from that company since early August. The parts were on backorder until September, then October, then November. We just sent another email asking about the status of the replacement parts and are waiting to see what their latest response is. There were 88,000 grills affected by this recall, you would think that the company making the replacement parts (located in China) would be more on the ball on getting these fabricated and sent out to the parts company (located in Canada) to send them to the distributor (located in Tennessee) to get them to the customer. Thankfully we did not experience any disasters as noted in the other posts on this site.

  • MarkAugust 16, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    I discovered a problem with our Blue Ember grill last night. When I removed the cover, I noticed that the side burner cover was scorched and the surrounding plastic table was melted. Since I have never used the sideburner, this really surprised me. I lifted the lid covering the sideburner and the burner still looked like new...never been lit. I then opened the grill cover and to my surprise, t[Show More]I discovered a problem with our Blue Ember grill last night. When I removed the cover, I noticed that the side burner cover was scorched and the surrounding plastic table was melted. Since I have never used the sideburner, this really surprised me. I lifted the lid covering the sideburner and the burner still looked like new...never been lit. I then opened the grill cover and to my surprise, the grease pan was almost completely gone. Through the burners, i could see my full propane tank sitting in the cabinet just below the burners. When I finish grilling, I always turn all three burners to high and close the lid to burn off grease. I'm guessing the last time I did this, the grease pan had deteriorated to the point where it was exhausting heat out the bottom side, melting and scorching my side burner and table. Thank goodness the gas hoses leading to the propane tank did not melt or worse yet, that the tank itself did not explode. I called Blue Ember. The customer service person told me of the recall and that they would send me a new retrofit kit. She said the original grease pan was too thin and disintegrated, but the the retrofit was thicker and made of stainless steel. I explained that I was now worried about the gas lines and she said they would replace those as well. I also asked for a new sideburner table and cover and she said they would send them. She told me to not use the grill again until the problems have been fixed. I think I could have figured that one out for myself! I wish there was a way to get the word out on this because more people are going to be hurt. This is a ticking timebomb.

  • DonnaJuly 8, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Found this article and recall alert today after our Blue Ember grill exploded and burned out of control just last night. Thank God my husband had just brought the steaks into the house. If he was still grilling them when it exploded he would have been engulfed in flames. The flames shot 10 feet into the air and 4-5 ft in front of it. The propane tank was engulfed in flames and screaming like a[Show More]Found this article and recall alert today after our Blue Ember grill exploded and burned out of control just last night. Thank God my husband had just brought the steaks into the house. If he was still grilling them when it exploded he would have been engulfed in flames. The flames shot 10 feet into the air and 4-5 ft in front of it. The propane tank was engulfed in flames and screaming like a jet engine. Truly a terrifying experience that my family (especially my children) will never forget. The grill was about 15 feet from the house on the far corner of our deck. The deck caught fire, a bush caught fire and the siding on two stories of the back of my house is now ruined because it melted from the heat. Our new patio set has holes burned through the seats. Even with all this, we are counting our blessings that we were not injured. So does the 7 year warranty on the grill cover my property damage? I imagine that our home owners insurance company will be very interested in this researching this recall and product liability.

  • TonyMarch 28, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I had my Blue Ember grill recently catch fire, shooting flames like a flame thrower 3 -4 foot up and forward. It was a terrifying ordeal. I find it ironic that they recalled the grill for improper installation. I bought mine preassembled from Home Depot and It appears like I am not alone with this problem. Sounds like there was a problem with the assembly instructions. I tried contacting the m[Show More]I had my Blue Ember grill recently catch fire, shooting flames like a flame thrower 3 -4 foot up and forward. It was a terrifying ordeal. I find it ironic that they recalled the grill for improper installation. I bought mine preassembled from Home Depot and It appears like I am not alone with this problem. Sounds like there was a problem with the assembly instructions. I tried contacting the manufacter but have only been given the run around.

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