Suitable for small environments and/or small capacity cooking needs. It has a single, 13,000 BTU, stainless steel disc burner covered with a shallow, bowl-shaped heat emitter. The emitter has a hole in the middle capped off by a small heat tent. The round porcelain coated grate is a solid cast sheet of V-shaped grooves. The peaks constitute the grate surface while the valleys trap and sizzle BBQ drippings. Char-Broil’s radiant grate designs intensify heat and eliminate flare ups. Construction is stainless steel with a black porcelain coated housing.
There are 240 square inches of primary cooking surface with an 80 square inch warming rack. There is a small towel rack under the single knob control panel, a battery operated push and turn electric ignition and a lid thermometer.
A standard size propane tank can be affixed to the base with a hand tightened bolt. That keeps the tank where you need it and helps stabilize this lightweight device. Two wheels, no locking casters. It is also available as a 1750 watt electric model.
Patio Bistro Gas Grill
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54.17 Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
240 square inches
Small(about 11 burgers)
80 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: 10/3/2012
Last Modified: 3/6/2021
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