At this month’s Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Expo (HPBExpo) in Salt Lake City, a number of manufacturers won Vesta Awards for product innovation and product excellence. The Vesta Awards are sponsored by Hearth & Home Magazine. Here is an overview of some of the Vesta Award winners. Congratulations to all.
Vesta Award for Electric Products
Dimplex Opti-V™ dazzled audiences and took home the 2014 Vesta Award for the Electric Products category at this years’ HPBExpo in Salt Lake City. The unique patented design combines flickering flames with three-dimensional LED logs that sporadically spark and crackle. With the perfect blend of magic and realism, Opti-V™ has created the most unbelievable flame effect yet, resulting in award-winning fireplace technology. Opti-V™ is the first electric fireplace to authentically recreate the sensory experience of sitting in front of a wood fire. Using a unique and patented combination of real fire footage displayed on a high-definition LCD screen with a clever illusory technique, Opti-V™ renders scenes of flickering flames which dance amidst a refractory brick effect, between carefully molded logs, providing a true three-dimensional depth-of-field. With the addition of an audio element of crackling logs, the illusion of experiencing a true wood fire is startlingly real. www.dimplex.com
Vesta Award for Charcoal, Wood Barbecues & Smokers
The Kamado Rocket is designed to outperform any other type of smoker/grill on the market today. It is 100% handmade to the highest quality right here in the USA, offering more standard options and capabilities than all other smokers/grills combined. The Kamado Rocket combines the traditional Kamado style grill with 21st century engineering to bring the best cooking experience on the market. The Kamado Rocket acts as a grill, smoker and convection oven. It is the ultimate three-in-one BBQ Grill.
Vesta Award for Fireplace Products
The Duraflame® illuma® vent-free bio-ethanol fireplace is a contemporary-styled freestanding fireplace with a log set that features a patent pending burner technology that allows the flames to emanate from the surface of the logs – a first in the industry. The fireplace uses Duraflame’s unique, no-pour illuma-fuel® liquid bio-ethanol fueling system that enables users to safely refuel the appliance while it’s still burning for uninterrupted enjoyment. This was the second Vesta Award that Duraflame has received in their illuma bio-ethanol product line. www.duraflame.com
Vesta Award for Wood Products
The Vision is the industry’s first and only see-through wood burning stove. It is non-catalytic EPA approved with very low emissions averaging at 3.6 g/hour. The firebox is made of high grate stainless steel for a quicker heat transfer and more durability. It comes completed assembled with two heat-activated blowers, a sealed ash pan, a built-in barbecue grill and a patented automatic air control. The user can load this stove on either side. Maximum log size: 24 inches. www.supremem.com
Vesta Award for Outdoor Room Equipment
The Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island features an illuminating countertop with raised bar seating for up to ten guests to comfortably enjoy a wide range of eye-catching innovations including under counter lighting, a kamado grill and a large open cooking space. At the center of the island is Cal Flame’s exclusive Four-Burner Convection Grill – built to provide superior heat distribution and designed to reduce grilling times. The Cal Flame Convection Grill provides an 800 square inch cooking surface with (4) 15,000 BTU high powered burners that grill, simmer, and sear your favorite meats to perfection. Programmable LED lights add ambiance and décor while two cascading waterfalls, a luminous fire pit, and heart warming fireplace provide a calming therapeutic show that is sure to soothe the senses. www.calspas.com
Vesta Award for Gas Barbecues
The TravelQ Portable Gas Grill from Napoleon Gourmet Grills features quality construction backed by a 10-year limited warranty. Additional features include:
• dual stainless steel burners with JETFIRE™ ignition;
• ultra compact design, easy to setup and use;
• extra large 285 square-inch cooking area with cast iron cooking grids;
• superior wind proof design holds the heat in; and
• locking lid with fold-away legs.