The Bottom Line
- Does both gas and charcoal
- Uneven gas grilling
- Low BTUs for the size
- Charcoal doesn't light well
- Charcoal insert allows charcoal grilling
- Two main button-type burners deliver 35,000 BTUs
- 510 square inches total cooking area
- Porcelain coated steel cooking grate
- Handle mounted grill light on some models
Guide Review - Char-Broil Quickset Charcoal/Gas
This is one of Char-Broil's most basic and cheapest grills. By adding in the charcoal pan they market it as a Gas/Charcoal hybrid grill. It basically works like this. You take out the cooking grates and burner covers. Place the charcoal pan in the grill and place the top rack on the charcoal pan grate supports. Pour in the charcoal and light the grill. The charcoal is heated until it burns and now you can grill over charcoal.
The problems with this is that charcoal doesn't light well simply by heating it. The charcoal isn't exposed to direct flame to it has to get burning simply by being heated to a high enough temperature. While it works, it takes more time than lighting the charcoal with a chimney. Anyway the charcoal pan has two grate positions for adjusting the grilling temperature. All in all it works okay if you are looking for a grill that will do both. The problem is that this grill doesn't do gas or charcoal very well since it was never a very good gas grill to start with and since it was never designed to be a real charcoal grill.
Having said this, Char-Broil has sold a lot of these units in the past year. While I like the idea of a hybrid grill I wish this one was built better.