The Bottom Line
In recent years, several grill makers have taken on the idea of the Gas/Charcoal grill hybrid. This is Char-Broil's entry into this market. Like the other, the Char-Broil Combination Gas/Charcoal grill is basically two grills mounted on one cart (and running 5 1/2 feet end to end). On the gas side you get a somewhat underpowered 3-burner gas grill and on the other a standard, box style charcoal grill. With a 12,000 BTU side burner, you get a versatile grill in a package that runs around $350USD. The question you have to ask yourself is, does a unit like this really meet your needs.
- Large multi-functional grill
- Inexpensive for the size and features
- Lightweight construction
- If part of the grill fails you are stuck with a partially functional unit
- Low quality gas grill components
- One 390 square inch charcoal cooking chamber
- One 390 square inch 3-burner, 36,000 BTU maximum output gas cooking chamber
- 1005 square inches of total grilling space
- 12,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted lid
- Push button electric (AA-battery) ignition
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Painted steel construction
- Hood mounted thermometers on each cooking chamber
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Char-Broil and sold by Target and Char-Broil online
Guide Review - Char-Broil Combination Gas/Charcoal Grill Model# 463724511
This is Char-Broil's entry into the gas/charcoal hybrid grill market. This version of the dual function grill is available at Target for $350USD and direct from Char-Broil online.
I know that there are people who would think that this is the answer to all your problems. You have a gas grill you can fire up after you get home from work at night, and a charcoal grill you can light for the weekend cookout. You also get a side burner for heating a pot or cooking up bacon. The question is, do you want all that in a single unit. If part of the grill fails, you end up with 5 1/2 feet of grill that is only partially useful.
The gas grill side is a 36,000 BTU 3-burner gas grill with medium weight porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates and a 12,000 BTU side burner. While some of these components are not the best quality they are not necessarily that bad for the price. The BTU output is a little low for the size, but the grill will heat well enough to give you some good grilling power. Other than this, it is a typical low cost gas grill.
On the charcoal side you get a square box style charcoal grill. The porcelain coated steel wire cooking grates are not going to transfer heat and are only good for keeping your food from falling into the fire. While relatively small, this charcoal grill gives you enough room for many grilling tasks, but is limited in indirect grilling space.
The questions you should be asking yourself is do you really need both a charcoal and a gas grill and if you do would it make more sense to buy one of each separately. After all if the gas components of this grill rust out and make that side useless you have a 5 foot long charcoal grill with limited cooking area. My recommendation would be to purchase a Weber Kettle for around $100 that will last you a good decade and perhaps a lower end Char-Broil Gas Grill for around $100 that will last a few years.