Char-Broil Performance TRU-Infrared 500 3-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill
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- Award-winning TRU-Infrared cooking system that provides seared in flavor while keeping food moist and juicy
- 500 square inches of primary cooking area and 180 square inches included with secondary warming rack
- TRU-Infrared stainless steel cooking grates with grate-level temperature gauges and porcelain warming rack
- Surefire electronic ignition delivers a spark at every burner; Dual Fuel convertible with natural gas conversion kit (sold separately)
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|Item Dimensions||46 x 55 x 22 inches|
|Shipping Weight||127 pounds|
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The Char-Broil tru-Infrared? performance grill is a 3 burner dual fuel Infrared stainless steel gas grill with a side burner. It features a patented Infrared cooking system with 30,000 BTU stainless steel main burners, 3 grate level temperature gauges and a 13,000 BTU flush-lidded side burner. With 680 square inch of total cooking area, this grill can convert to natural gas easily with the dual fuel conversion kit, sold separately. Other features include a stainless steel lid, handles, and side shelves. This heavy duty, high end grill heats your food directly, locking in mouth watering flavors and juices, with no hot or cold spots or flare-ups. It's the right choice for perfect grilling every time and also a great value.
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To the grill:
Warms up relatively quickly
No flare ups
Keeps the juices in the meat better than grills I have had in the past
The grilling surface is made of formed sheet metal, with very small holes in it, rather than a metal grate, so there is no fear of anything falling into the burner area.
A temperature guage for every burner, located at burner level, rather than a single thermometer in the hood.
It also seems to be much less affected by the wind. We have grilled in wind gusts strong enough to push us off the deck, and into the house to eat, but the grill was hardly affected.
Can be hard to clean. However, the grilling surfaces can be run through a dishwasher to soften everything up, which helps a lot. Not as fast & easy as brushing off a wire grate, but a scraper formed to fit the grooves comes with the grill, which helps.
Smokes quite a bit more than our old grill, but I think that is maybe the trade off for no flare ups.
Construction is about average for a grill. It is not flimsy, but if you also won't mistake it for a high end grill. It is probably one of the better built ones for its price point. One bit of advice, spend the few extra $$$ like we did, and get the one with the all-Stainless grill surface, well worth it, in my opinion. I think the burners themselves are Stainless, on all the Char-Broil TRU Infrared grills.
I give it 3/12 stars for construction (more than adequate, but not overbuilt either), 4 1/2 stars for how well it grills (very easy to get food thoroughly cooked without drying it out once you use it a couple times) and 3 stars for ease of assembly. While the directions are easy enough to follow, you need to go over everything a second time, because there are bolts they tell you to leave a little loose, to make it easier to put together the next steps, but never say when you should tighten them fully. I didn't keep a mental note of the ones left loose, and wound up going over all of them just to be sure. If I remember right, it takes a #2 phillips, a #3 phillips (a #2 will work if its all you have, but be careful as the tip fits the screw heads a little loose, and can slip), and a 7/16" open end wrench. You almost have to use an end wrench, as there isn't a lot of clearance for anything else to fit in the areas you need to get the wrench into, to tighten the bolts. One nice plus, is that all the nuts, bolts, and screws are in a blister pack, with a cardboard back, and the specs for each are written on the back of the cardboard, which corresponds with the location of that hardware piece. For example, if you need a 1/4 inch nut, you cut the cardboard along the indicated lines where it says 1/4 inch nut, and there they are.
UPDATE: after using this all summer, I'd say maybe 3 times a week, my initial impressions still stand. It does an excellent job grilling, keeps the juices in the meat better than my old grill, and we have found it works very well on fresh vegetables, using a veggie basket.
So, after a summer of use, it worked with no problems, does a good job grilling, is almost impossible to get to flare up, even when cooking bacon, but still smokes more than my old grille, and the grates are a pain to clean. Good thing that it came with a scraper shaped to fit the profile of the grates exactly, because the ribs are deep enough they are hard to get into with a grill brush.
In use the grill works amazingly well. It is easily the best gas grill -best ANY grill- I've ever owned. I purchased the special brush which matches the pattern of the grill surface, and it makes clean-up a breeze. I find it easy to keep the surface oiled with PAM spray grill oil. I heat the grill before use to burn off the old oil, then spray again just before cooking, and once more after cleaning. All-in-all it's a great grill! The thermometers at grill level really help to fine-tune each burner.