Full Review – Char-Broil Black and Stainless 5-Burner
Char-Broil makes a lot of gas grills. I mean a lot. Many are sold exclusively to specific stores, most notably, Lowes Home Improvement Stores. These retailers generally want to fill out their product lines with grills of various sizes, burner configurations, features, and, of course, price points. This grill was built to have five burners, not because it makes it more powerful or better, but simply because it has five burners.
At a maximum output of 40,000 BTUs under 475 square inches of primary cooking surface (lightweight porcelain coated cast iron), this grill is pretty good on the power. It doesn’t need five burners to do this, each one is 9,000 BTUs and it could be a three burner grill that would be just as versatile, hot, and efficient. The 10,000 BTU side burner is also, okay, but not powerful enough to heat much more than a small pot, particularly on a windy day.
Ultimately, gas grills like this are simply there, on the showroom floor, to look impressive and to sell. This certainly isn’t the best option in the price range and in my opinion should be avoided.