Char-broil’s Charcoal Grill 780 provides ample capacity with 540 square inches of coated cast iron cooking surface. It also includes a 240 square inch fold away upper warming rack. Hence the name 780 (540 + 240 square inches). There are several charcoal BBQ grills from different manufacturers that have similar features: adjustable height charcoal tray, front access door to tend the fire, slide-out ash tray, and side shelves. Air is controlled by small adjustable intake dampers on the left and right side of the lower cook box and larger adjustable exhaust dampers on the left and right sides of the hood. Ignore the inaccurate heat estimator planted in the hood up away from the actual cook surface and get a reliable digital thermometer.
The unusual charcoal tray segregates the charcoal in small bins framed with rows of air intake holes (above). The 780 is based on a previous CB version called the 30″ Charcoal Grill which had a couple different features, most notably a chimney in place of the upper left side exhaust damper. It is also available in a smaller 580 model. Click here to check out the 580 on Amazon.
The basic frame has two large black plastic wheels, two locking casters and a bottom storage shelf. Most owners seem pleased with their 780s, although many point out the poor construction and predict a limited lifetime.
One Year Warranty.
Charcoal Grill 780
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540 square inches
Mid-Size(about 26 burgers)
240 square inches
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.
Published On: 7/11/2016
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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