Fire Magic grills have been manufactured in California since 1937. These luxury grills exude elegance and quality. Excellent in design and construction, beautiful to behold and priced accordingly. These are among the finest grills made.
In 1982 RH Peterson, pioneers in fabrication of realistic, artificial gas logs, acquired Fire Magic to complement their outdoor lifestyle line. They produce not only free standing gas, coal and electric grills on carts and pedestals, but drop in grills and components for outdoor kitchens, including an array of add-ons like side burners, doors, drawers, sinks, refrigerators, kegerators, timers, lights and more. All premium quality and made in America.
Fire Magic builds two gas grill lines, their premier Echelon Diamond Series and their second tier Aurora Series. All are made with high quality 304 cast stainless steel burners, cooking grates and housings that carry a lifetime warranty. Warranty for various components then drops to 15 years for brass valves and backburner and manifold assemblies all the way down to 1 year for electric systems. Lifetime ownership is a Fire Magic mantra. All grills are shipped with conversion kits that facilitate propane or natural gas should your preference change. Echelons also include your own personalized nameplate.
Access to burners is easy for cleaning, smoking, or setting up a rotisserie. The stainless steel cooking grates are thick and heavy. 16 guage stainless steel flavor grids blanket the burners for even heat distribution and the cast stainless steel E-burners, actually shaped more like an H, are super heavy duty and designed to spread flame throughout the firebox. One owner likened the intensity to “a sea of fire”. All models have electric ignition, built-in digital thermometers and meat probes, 12″ deep firebox (mighty nice for rotisserie) and double wall spring assisted hoods. Removable warming racks can be stored on brackets behind the hood. These brackets also hold the rotisserie spit. Backburners include a stainless steel cover for protection when not in use. Heavy is a word that came to mind throughout my inspection. Everything looks and feels solid.
Paul Loar, owner of Fireplace and Chimney Authority II, is a Chicago area Fire Magic Dealer who was kind enough to invite me to one of his showrooms. Loar clearly took pride in demonstrating his wares, stating the burners have a range of 200°F for slow roasting and smoking all the way up to 1600°F to sear steaks in minutes, just like steakhouses. All monitored by the onboard digital thermometers. He warns new owners to reduce cooking times, “It’s like getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari when you’re used to driving a Taurus”. Echelon and Aurora both have drip collection systems that consist of a tapered firebox bottom draining into a small drawer accessed from the front control panel and equipped with a disposable aluminum tray. “But you don’t get a lot of grease because most burns up on the flavor grids”, he said, “especially if you do a burn off after each use”.
Fire Magic designs are elegant and engineered for customization. The grills or “heads” can be purchased for drop in installations or mounted on carts and pedestals. The model numbers tell a lot about the model. For example, E1060i indicates: E=Echelon, 1060=actual or approximate primary cooking surface (in this case 1056 square inches), i=island or drop-in head for install. A660s: A=Aurora, 660=660 square inch primary cooking surface, s=stand-alone or mounted on a cart. For outdoor kitchen installations, anything in the vast Fire Magic catalog may be incorporated. Options for stand-alone models are more limited but you may, for instance, replace an E-Burner with an IR Sear Zone.
Fire Magic also makes most everything you need for a outdoor kitchen including smokers, a wide range or attachments and accessories, several different side burners, refrigerators, keg coolers and tappers, rotisserie baskets, ventilation hoods, griddles, pots and pans, tongs and spatulas, and even the kitchen sink.
Bottom line. If you’re in the market for the best, you should consider Fire Magic. If you’re building an outdoor kitchen or souped-up patio you should consider Fire Magic. Outdoor kitchens are significant home improvement projects. Undoubtedly you want yours to last. One Fire Magic dealer recounted a call to fix an installed drop-in grill. When asked about its age the homeowner replied, “I bought this place 30 years ago and it was already here”. To the astonishment of both men, parts were still available and the unit was put back in service. I believe this company will stand behind, in front of and on top of their products. Indeed, when speaking with Fire Magic employees their genuine enthusiasm is palpable. Of course you’re not just buying reliability and great customer service; you’re buying the shining centerpiece of your outdoor realm and a lifetime of enjoyment the versatility and superior performance these elite cooking machines deliver. What can I say? I wish I had one of these fabulous grills. If wishes were Fire Magic, we all would drive.