Char-Broil 17602048 TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Black, 240
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- 240 Square inch grilling surface with 80 Square inch warming rack- 8 to 12 hamburger capacity
- Electric TRU-Infrared cooking system allows you to cook your food evenly with less flare-ups - juicier food, every time
- Porcelain-coated cast iron Premium cooking grates are rust-resistant and easy-to-clean
- Folding side shelves provide plenty of work and prep space
- Features an easy to use temperature control knob, storage rack, cord Management and easy to reach large capacity grease tray
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Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill plugs into any 120-volt outlet; ideal for balconies or patios
Since 1948 Char-Broil has been America’s favorite grill brand. Yet somehow, it feels like Char-Broil is still only getting started. Perhaps it’s because we know that making our products better also makes your cookouts better. And as long as that’s true, it’s all the motivation we need to continue innovating and improving what we make.
Char-Broil TRU-InfraRed Patio Bistro 240 Electric Grill
The Char-Broil Patio Bistro 240 Electric Grill is the perfect grill for those who do not wish to use charcoal or gas fuel, and is ideal for apartments, condos, balconies and patios. Operation is simple- just plug it in to any standard 120-volt outlet and get grilling. The Patio Bistro features Char-Broil TRU-InfraRed technology, for even and juicy grilling with low flare-ups and delicious results. Also features a 240 square inch primary cooking surface over porcelain-coated grates-which are rust-resistant and easy to clean- and an 80 square inch warming rack, ideal for sides. The Patio Bistro works great for cooking everything from steak to vegetables, and the grilling temperature is adjusted using an oven-style control knob with lighted display. Two side shelves offer sufficient prep and storage space, and easily fold down for storage when not in use. And when the grilling is done, features two large wheels for easy mobility. Assembled grill measures 39.8 in. H x 25.6 in. D x 39.8 in. H, and weighs 54lbs.
240 sq. in. Primary Cooking Space
Primary cooking surface features porcelain-coated cast iron grates and provides ample cooking space for about 8-12 burgers.
Electric TRU-InfraRed Cooking System
TRU-InfraRed Cooking System allows you to cook your food evenly and with less flare-ups, yielding juicier food every time.
Folding side shevles
Two side shelves are durable and offer increased storage or prep space. They even fold down when not in use or for storage.
Durability and Easy to Clean
Grill lid and firebox are constructed of durable porcelain-coated steel. Porcelain-coated cast iron grates are easy to clean.
Lid-mounted Temperature Gauge
Lid-mounted temperature gauge provides the griller with increased heat control.
80 sq. in. Warming Rack
Warming rack provides a secondary cooking area ideal for indirect heating- such as warming sides or toasting buns.
Easy to use oven-like knob controller. Light ring on bezel illuminates when the grill surface is hot for added safety.
Removable grease tray is porcelain-coated for simply cleaning, and is easily accessible from the front of the unit.
Mobile & Functional
Wheels for enhanced mobility, chrome rack for increased storage, and cord management at the back of the unit.
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The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared electric patio bistro is the ultimate solution for patio & deck cooking needs. Offering a sleek design & outstanding cooking performance, the patio bistro features Char-Broil infrared technology which heats up faster, hotter & more evenly, for less grill flare UPS & juicier food. This next generation patio bistro features additional features which focus on convenience including folding side tables which provide increased work & prep space, cord management in the rear of the unit, as well as an easy-to-use precision control knob with Lighted ring bezel which illuminates when the unit is on. Also features porcelain-coated premium cast iron cooking grate- making cleanup quick & easy, & a larger capacity & easy to access grease tray. Lid-mounted temperature Gauge, chrome-plated storage rack & wheels for mobility make the patio bistro the ideal electric grill for families both large & small. 240 square" primary cooking surface provides grilling space for 8 to 12 burgers, & the 80 square" warming rack is ideal for toasting buns & keeping sides warm. The Char-Broil electric patio bistro features 1750W of grilling power, & plugs in to any standard 110V outlet. Ideal solution for those who live in buildings which don't allow gas or charcoal grills, but still want to enjoy the taste of foods grilled to perfection. Available in Black, graphite or red color variants. Assembled dimensions: 39.8" wide x 25.6" deep x 39.8" high. Weights 54 lbs.
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I have found that this Char Broil TRU InfraRed Electric Patio Bistro 240 -Black does a good job of grilling although it took me a few more minutes than listed on the instructions. Of course, I was grilling round cut beef which can be a little tougher. Don't expect the grill to get up to the 500+ temperature listed on the temperature gauge (see picture). This is not a realistic expectation for an electric grill. However, if you want to grill and have restrictions on being able to use gas or charcoal, this is a good solution and gets a good result. I have attached before and after meat cut photos.
1. It takes forever to heat up. Expect 20-30 minutes to warm up to 300-450 degrees.
2. The burner turns on way too easily! I almost started a fire because of this. I forgot to unplug it once it had cooled down so I could put the cover on. So as I put the cover onto the plugged-in grill, I accidentally turned on the grill. Luckily the grill either turned off or just died, but of course ruining the grill cover and the grill itself. This happened because the burner knob has no safety mechanism to prevent it from being turned on accidentally. You'd think it be like an indoor over/stovetop in which you must push in the knob to turn it on. Char-broil really needs to fix this.
Unfortunately I fried the element when I plugged it in to a 240v source. D'oh.
Then I ordered the wrong element. DOUBLE D'OH
Charbroil's website is severely lacking on info and parts on this new grill. I rang their call centre and it turns out the sticker on the grill lists the INCORRECT element number as 29104990. Correct replacement element is #55711039. They need to fix this ASAP.
Having said that...finally sorted...this is a kick arse grill and this is coming from an aussie guy who sold a much loved Weber Q LPG bbq ( damned building owners ! ) and was sceptical about Electric grills.
Assembly was relatively easy. A few beers and a few swear words and 30 minutes. The unit is wonderfully made and looks awesome. Why is Amazon not selling the other colours !?
The shelves are a great bonus as is the extra warming rack.
The one thing that really lets this unit down is the grease tray design. They should redesign it so it slides into grooves like the Weber Q tray. instead the tray has to "grab" the guide rails which means you have to faff around sometimes lining it up.
Other than that, I cannot really fault this grill.
I also teamed it with these items for an awesome BBQ set up. :
Classic Accessories 55-178-015101-EC Ravenna Kettle Grill Cover, Taupe ( This fits the grill like a glove and looks awesome.)
Alpha Grillers 18" Grill Brush. Best BBQ Cleaner ( BEST>GRILL>BRUSH>EVER)
18” Unique Flat Blade Designed Stainless Steel BBQ Skewers - Enjoy Perfectly Cooked Kebabs Every-time - GrillHogs
HAPPY GRILLING FOLKS
Update after a few uses ;
This grill cooks meat and chicken like no other ! It is virtually impossible to burn meat with a nice even, slow ( but not too slow ) cook. Chicken comes out especially amazing. Juicy and succulent. With a powerpoint and some spices and marinated chicken, you basically have a portable business !
There is no way this unit can reach the max temps on the gauge. After an hour of wait/test mine only got to 375f/ 200c. Still enough to slow roast so I am not really complaining.
Due to its deeply slanted ribs, the grill plate is not as easy to clean with my grill brush ( see above ) as the cast iron grill plate on the Weber Q. I may possibly need to get a narrower brush.
Honestly.....the quality if the meat that comes out is well worth it. I cam going to play around with using a container filled with herb infused water to see if i can get extra taste and moisture into the meat just for fun !
NOTE: Read the warranty shown on the Amazon product page...3 months only, and VERY limited. But when I called they didn't mention the time at all.