I finally got the chance to spend some time with the new Char-Broil TEC Series 3-Burner gas Grill. This unit is exclusive to Lowe's Home Improvement Stores. This gas grill has two standard burners (in this case thin tubular brass) and one of TEC's second generation infrared burners. This burner is a glass topped unit that generates 900 degrees F of pure radiant heat. The design eliminates any chance of flare-ups and creates intense searing power. The idea of this grill is that you can sear your steaks while grilling vegetables.
The questions everyone is going to ask is, "Is it a good grill?". This unit is almost entirely of 304 stainless steel (see my article on "The Truth about Stainless Steel"). This improves the quality of the unit, but from poking around back and underneath this grill I find much of the metal to be very thin. One of the things I find most disturbing is that the warranty on this grill is rather weak. The infrared TEC burner gets five years, but most the rest of the grill gets only 2 years.
Of course the real test for any product is what the users think of it. I know that these grills have been selling for as much as two months in some markets so someone out there has this grill and has been using it for a while. This is your time to speak up. Let us here you experiences with this grill. My review will be coming in the next few days.
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