The Bottom Line
- High, efficient heating
- Low price all infrared design
- Takes up little space
- Slow Preheat time
- Low quality 430 stainless steel construction
- Cooking chamber trough section prone to rusting and potential failure
- Two 10,650 BTU 400 series stainless steel tubular burners
- 300 square inches primary cooking area with a total grilling area of 425 square inches
- 21,300 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Unique "infrared" design produces high temperatures from a low BTU output
- With fold down side tables this grill occupies very little space
- Heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- On knob electric igniter (AA battery)
- Painted steel and stainless steel (400 series) construction
- Propane tank, rotisserie kit, and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Char-Broil exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Char-Broil RED Infrared Urban Gas Grill Model # 463250211
This model of the RED is the smallest grill to make use of this technology. With only 2 burners, fold down side tables and pretty much nothing else this grill is specifically design for the person who doesn't have a lot of space but still wants a full sized grill. Because of the design the RED series grills you don't need a lot of fuel to heat up the cooking chamber. On the downside this grill, like all the grill in this series can take a long time to heat up. Preheating time is around 20 minutes to get to full power.
The way this grill works is that the two burners focus their heat onto a rounded piece of porcelain coated sheet metal called a trough. The intense heat can cause the porcelain coating to flake off and expose the metal to the elements. This will lead to rusting. Once the metal rusts through the grill will be unusable. Warranty on this part is two years but doesn't cover rusting.
One point with this technology that you should consider. All drippings from the foods you cook are captured in the U-emitter. Under normal circumstances this will burn off from the heat. If can cause a good deal of smoke as it happens. If you are cooking foods that are particularly high in fat, grease can collect in the U-emitter and spontaneously ignite when the lid is opened. So if you are using this grill or one based on the RED technology please be careful.
The rest of the grill uses a combination of painted steel and low grade stainless steel with plastic knobs. The stainless steel body parts are prone to discoloring and rusting over time so this grill needs to be kept clean and protected from the elements. If you buy this grill make sure you get a good cover for it.