Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro 180 Portable Gas Grill
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- 245 sq. in. cooking area on stainless steel grilling grate and convenient warming rack
- Small in size but large on features, the Patio Bistro brings TRU-Infrared grilling to your patio or balcony
- Heating food directly, TRU-Infrared promises juicier food and fewer flare-ups without hot or cold spots
- Oven-style, electronic ignition integrated into gas control knob
- Built dimensions: 17.7"L x 21.4"W x 17.3"H; 22 lbs
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The Patio Bistro 180 TRU-Infrared is a small gas barbecue with big barbecue features. The compact size and solid construction, combined with Char-Broils TRU-Infrared technology, creates a sleek barbecue perfect for on-the-go cooking or an evening on the terrace. Bring it on the next camping trip or keep it on your balcony for convenient everyday cooking. The Patio Bistro 180 is fuel efficient and provides even heat across the entire barbecue surface.
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As the season is barely ready here in upstate NY. I decided to grill some burgers up. I noticed the peeling paint last year and brushed it off and cleaned the lid. This time it is much worse. I may need to sand it down to feel comfortable. It's sad such a great product is belittled by the finish work.
I'm still learning how to grill with this, very, very easy to overcook. Use an instant thermometer. Done properly, cooked items are more juicy in the middle. Really shines with easily dried out stuff like eggplant - which never went well on the Q.
It gets very hot very fast, but you can turn it down just fine. Seems to use a good deal more propane than my previous grill (Weber Baby Q) - but it gets hotter faster. Same price as replacement burner and grate for the Q, so...
Just a few months in and I'm on my *third* igniter assembly. Yes, it's cheap to replace ($30-ish for switch, module, and spark tip) But I'm tired of replacing them. The current (third) ignition system failed. Instead of installing a fourth one, I got a spark gun Robolife 30cm Electronic Ignitor Fire Starter Maker Spark Lighter to put through the port Char-Broil put in the back to allow starting with a match. You want the 30cm version of this. Works fine once you figure proper placement (hint: remove the griddle so you can see. Next time you can leave griddle on) Stick the igniter in, turn on the gas, pull the trigger a couple of times. Bingo.
All that said, I bought this so I could make a long term evaluation, as I was thinking of buying one of Char-Broil's larger (and much more expensive) infrared grills. Based on this experience, I will buy something else. I'm pretty sure they put that fancy hole with a pivoting cover and match-holder on a chain because they knew they were shipping manky igniters, why not make it right the first time - or at least make the replacement parts better quality when the manky one they sold fails?
I am concerned that the wire routing is not addressed in the instructions. They are illustrated to be tucked between the gas line and the sharp edged hook slot. I'm sure one day the insulation will be sawed through and short out the igniter circuit. Most likely why some others here have had problems with the igniter.
Battery compartment has no polarity markings, so stick it in and hope, then flipper over and do it again.
Grills like a champ! Yes its on the to hot side, but it not a smoker people. Lid has a little trouble staying up.... might be a problem down the road. Worth it!
We are very impressed at how quickly it heats and how great it cooks.
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Perfect for two people.