As a new dad, I wanted a grill. I shopped around at my local Lowe’s and Home Depot and settled on the Charbroil 3 Burner Gas Grill. At 30,000 BTU, this grill packs sufficient firepower for my grilling needs.
I am new to grilling, so I wanted the benefits of a gas grill to avoid the hassle of messing with charcoal, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune. At the time the Charbroil 3 Burner Gas Grill was only $150 so fit well within my budget. Once I am a more experienced grill master I plan to upgrade. Since I am a novice when it comes to grilling, this grill enables me to explore a variety of recipes yet doesn’t leave me feeling like it’s overkill.
Charbroil offers a similar grill to this one with only two burners. In the end I decided on this 3 burner model to benefit from greater grill space. My wife is a vegetarian but I eat meat; the ample grill space on this model allows me to grill veggies and meat without cross contaminating.
The grill comes in porcelain coated steel. I find that this makes it easier to clean on the outside. It ships at 67 lbs, and once assembled is 43 x 50.75 x 17.75 inches. I did not anticipate the large box it came in to be so heavy. The assembly instructions lacked clarity, and it took longer than I anticipated to assemble – about two hours in total. The package measured just under 35”W x 18.5” deep and just over 17” tall. With that said, once assembled I find it easy to use.
We live in a fairly urban area with a small back patio, so this grill fits a small space well. I like the benefit of 3 burners. My wife is a vegetarian, so I like the ability to put the meat on one side and veggies on the other and have a burner in between. The grate
The three burner setup provides ample space to grill for a small family – in my case my wife and myself. I like the look and feel of the wire black porcelain grate: easy to clean and scrub down, and feels sturdy. The grill grate in total is 360 sq in.
On a scale of 1 – 10, I would give this grill a 6 on ease of assembly. I ran into a couple of roadblocks during assembly and had to backtrack. Since the instruction diagrams were not intuitive, on my first go I mixed up the front and back and so had to backtrack and re-align them. In looking at the assembled grill it seems intuitive which way is which with the top assembled, but without the top grill part attached it was not.
I did appreciate that all of the screws and parts came in one package with separate compartments labeled by letter and number that was delineated in the assembly instructions.
This grill takes a regular propane tank, which I picked up at Lowe’s for about $30. I purchased the grill in March, and as of this writing in mid June, grilling at a rate of 2 – 3 times a week, I’m still going strong with the propane tank I originally purchased. The grill came with the gas hose and gauge, and has a built in holding area to hold the tank. At first I thought it seemed flimsy; I had to futz with the chain holder that holds the propane tank in place for a while, but eventually got it hooked and have not had a problem since.
When I purchased the grill I also picked up a pair of grill tongs, large spatula, wire brush for cleaning, a charbroil brand 53” grill cover to protect it, and Lowe’s citrus grill cleaner. I did purchase these items separately.
I do find cleaning the bottom of the firebox challenging. The grill includes a grease drip cup that hangs below the firebox, which does a great job collecting the grease runoff and keeping it clear from the propane tank – a potential fire hazard. However, I do find the bottom of the firebox difficult to clean and scrub off grease once dried.
For a reasonable price, this grill packs ample grilling space, sufficient grilling firepower, and ease of use for any first time dad.