You don't get much more basic than Char-Broil's 2-Burner Classic. It's small in size and price. The two 13,250 BTU stainless steel main burners actually have a bit higher output than many comparable grills. Ignition is piezo electric. The housing is porcelain coated steel and cooking grates are porcelain coated steel rods.
You get a few useful extras: 8000 BTU side burner, side shelves with tool hooks and a condiment tray up front.
It's not our first choice by any means, but if you really have a tight budget, you could sure do a lot worse. Many people who own one of the Classic Series economy BBQ grills seem reasonably happy to accept them for what they are – made cheap to sell cheap and hopefully last at least a few years.
Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
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Char-Broil is an innovator in the popular gas grill arena with clever designs, low to midrange prices, and excellent customer service. For several years they have focused on infrared cooking. Starting in 2012 all new IR models were dubbed "Tru-Infrared". These grills are made with stainless steel tube burners that work in conjunction with a radiant surface to bring heat close to the food. The radiant surface shields food from direct flame and reduces hot dry convection heat rising from the burners.
As one of the biggest BBQ manufacturers in the world, Char-Broil offers a clear, low cost alternative to Weber and surpasses many other price driven manufacturers with their infrared gas grill design innovation and focused marketing. Also in 2012, Char-Broil introduced Saber, a new, very high quality line of gas grills that goes head to head with Weber's Summit series in the premium grill space. They offer charcoal grills, smokers, fryers and a variety of accessories and tools.
Char-Broil is owned by The W.C. Bradley Company headquartered in Columbus, GA. Roots of W.C. Bradley go back before the Civil War to The Columbus Iron Works. The first Char-Broil grill was made and sold in the USA in 1948. Now all Char-Broil grills are manufactured in China and distributed around the globe.