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Char-Broil Charcoal Grill 780 Review

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Char-Broil Charcoal Grill 780

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.

Black rectangular charcoal grill from above with lid up showing a rectangular black tray with six segments separated by metal ridges.

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.

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Product Information:

  • Model:
    Charcoal Grill 780
  • Item Price:
    $ 199.00
    *Price Subject To Change
  • Made in USA:
  • Review Method:
    Looked Closely At It
    We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
  • Fuel:
  • Primary Capacity:
    540 square inches
    Mid-Size (about 26 burgers)
  • Secondary Capacity:
    240 square inches

Published On: 7/11/2016 Last Modified: 2/24/2021

  • Max Good,’s Full-Time Grill Tester - Max Good is's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame and is the world's only full-time reviewer of outdoor cooking equipment including smokers, grills, pizza ovens, griddles, and more.


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