Charbroil 2 Burner Gas Grill
Rated 4.3/5 based on 17 Amazon.com reviews
Charbroil Gas Grills - The USA based Charbroil company offers a Classic range of 2, 4 and 6 burner gas grills. This range is not unlike the Weber Summit series of barbecues in terms of features and market positioning.
The first model in the Classic range is the two burner model. It operates at 35,000 BTU per hour, with an 8,000 BTU side burner. It has a total cooking area of 530 square inches.
The unit also comes with plastic side shelves, useful for preparing meat on, and tool hooks. With 6” wheels the 2 burner is easy to move around and makes the perfect family back garden grill.
For those of you who want a little more power, opt for the four burner classic. This model includes four main grills operating at 48,000 BTU and a 13,000 BTU side burner.
For the extra money you also get a total of 688 square inches of cooking space and a lid mounted temperature gauge. This gauge is useful for keeping track of the internal cooking heat.
The entire unit is constructed from stainless steel, meaning it is very easy to clean. It also has stylish front double doors that conceal the propane tank.
Next up, if you regularly hold big parties and doubt that four burners would suffice, then the six burner classic may the better grill for you.
With five main burners operating at 65,000 BTU, a side burner and a sear burner, (model also available without the side burner) you get some serious cooking power.
The sear burner is especially useful for locking moisture and flavor into your food. It also gives your meat those eye pleasing sear marks. In addition, the temperature of the sear burner can be finely tuned, allowing you to blast your meat on a very high heat for a few seconds before turning the burner down to a medium to low temperature to fine cook the food to your specification.
This unit weighs around 154 pounds, but Char-Broil has compensated for this by including locking casters, to keep the barbecue stable at all times.
There are a couple of other models in the classic range, namely the 59G4CB and the 46G5CB. The 59G is a four burner gas grill, which operates at 48,000 BTU an hour. It has a total cooking space of 665 square inches and a 12,000 BTU side burner.
This model includes a temperature gauge and handy work spaces. Aesthetically it is not the most stylish barbecue, mixing a stainless steel handle and trims with black and steel colored plastic. I think the classic range tends to be more visually appealing when it sticks to either completely stainless steel or black steel and plastic construction.
Finally, the 46G has a total of six burners. These include four main burners, a side burner and an incredibly versatile sear burner. It has a 500 square inch main cooking area and warming rack for holding extra food.
Char-Broil offers a number of accessories for their grills, available on their website. These include barbecue covers, which range from around $30-40 depending on model.
You can also purchase a rotisserie kit for your grill, starting at $40.99. They also supply fuels, gloves and utensils, should you want to order these with your new grill.
Reading around, plenty of buyers were happy with these grills - especially for the price - but there were several complaints of uneven cooking i.e. hotspots, and the grill being too hot with the lid down.
My feeling is you get what you pay for. These grills come at a great price, but the trade of is in quality - both manufacture and customer service - companies have to cut costs somewhere.
If you can keep it in a garage all year round and just bring it out for cooking, it should be fine. But if you keep it outside year round, especially without a cover, your Char-broil gas grill will quickly look worn.