Char-Broil 30" Charcoal Grill Review

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30" Charcoal Grill

Char-broil's 30" Charcoal Grill provides ample capacity with 527 square inches of coated cast iron cooking surface. There are several charcoal BBQ grills from different manufacturers that have similar features: adjustable height charcoal tray, front access door to tend the fire and slide-out ash tray. Char-Broil includes fold down side shelves with integrated tool hooks.

The basic frame has two large black plastic wheels, two locking casters and a bottom storage shelf. Unfortunately many owners complain about performance and durability issues resulting from poor design and construction. A Weber 22.5" kettle is smaller, but cooks beautifully and will last decades.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$200
Primary Function: 
Grill
Fuel: 
Charcoal
Primary Capacity: 
527 square inches
Secondary Capacity: 
254 square inches
Made in the USA: 
No
Review Method:

Researched it from Afar

We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.

Char-Broil

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.

Char-Broil Charcoal Grills

Char-Broil's name appears on quite a few charcoal cookers. Many models are essentially discontinued, but continue to be sold while inventory lasts. Like all Char-Broil products, design and manufacturing are cost driven.

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