Char-Broil's Advantage Series Gas Grills are one of their most popular product lines. They come in 2, 3, 4 and 6 burner models. Some have black enamel lids, others have stainless steel lids. Some have enclosed carts with doors, some carts are just a frame with a solid front panel. Large for a low price, this $200, 4-Burner stainless is the best seller in the Advantage line.
Four low powered 8,000 BTU main burners and one 10,000 BTU side burner don't pack a lot of power, although the porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates will get hot enough to create grill marks and the hood is double walled to hold in some heat. 2-zone cooking is an essential technique for many BBQ recipes and this good sized, 4-burner makes setting up a direct and indirect zone easy. There is a porcelain coated steel wire warming rack that swivels back and out of the way when you open the hood. Electronic ignition. Low grade stainless steel lid and control panel suggest that shiny appearance many find appealing, but the open air cart is just a black painted steel frame with a storage shelf at the bottom for an LP tank.
It's not our first choice by any means, but if you really have a tight budget, you can pick this up for a couple hundred bucks or even less if it's on sale. Many people have and seem reasonably happy to accept this grill for what it is – made cheap to sell cheap and hopefully last at least a few years. 5 year warranty on the burners, 1 year for everything else.
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.