First off two notes: 1) I ordered this item online from WalMart and the box I picked up was so severely damaged I was taking pictures of it for the first 20 minutes in case there was damage. There was a giant hole in the bottom and a smaller one in the side and it looked like it survived a flood.
2) Char-Broil is pushing their newer grills with Tru-Infrared Technology. What they mean is that they have hard to clean metal grates that let heat through but don't allow flames to touch the food. AVOID THESE GRILLS. There is nothing infrared about it, it will triple your maintenance time, and the benefits are not nearly as great as you may imagine. Get this grill and add in a third-party ceramic stone. OK. Now to review the product itself. It took about 3 hours to assemble it by myself. The directions are very clear, however there is just a lot to do. If you find one in a store where they will put it together for you for free, or cheaply, let them! It looks like a winner when it's all put together. It is a monster of a grill. 5 of the burners are standard, no better or worse than you would see in any other grill. The burner on the right however puts out a lot more flame and is excellent for searing. The side burner is a little bit of disappointment after my last Char-Broil, which had a deep lid and a griddle piece. (Thankfully my old parts fit on the new grill!) The frame is solid and well designed, and the doors are - well - likely never going to be used except for when you exchange tanks. This grill comes with cast-iron grates, which is excellent, but they do require care and with 4 of them it will likely cost 1/2 the price of the grill to replace with the same thing if/when they start to go bad. If this happens I will replace with something cheaper. They come pre-seasoned, however I'd recommend re-seasoning them before you cook for the first time, and at least 3 times throughout the grilling season. Off season mine will be removed and soaked in oil before stored in a plastic container. The electric start is very nice, my last grill had one and, like an idiot, every year I forgot to remove the battery off season. The reason I forgot is because it never stopped working - original battery and all. This grill has 3 start points, the searing burner, the right center interior burner, and the side burner itself. The interior is nice, but it's rolled steel and can/will rust away some day if not taken care of - esp the points where the heat shields are slotted to fit into the body. Now the heat shields themselves only cost $5 each to replace, but my last grill died because the holes they plug into can rust out. So keep an eye on this. Once a year clean up the area and use some grill paint to protect if you see any rust.
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