Nearly everyone is familiar with the name Char-Broil. They’re one of the biggest names in the barbecue world and can be found all over North America and Europe. And fortunately, you don’t need a huge back yard to cook with one. Today we’ll examine the relatively small TRU-Infrared 340 Urban Gas Grill.
Char-Broil Gas Grill Review: Notable Features
The 340 Urban Gas Grill is a fully-featured gas-powered barbecue built on a compact footprint. Not everyone has the room for a massive grill, so this one sports only two burners and fold-down shelves. And despite its footprint, the 340 is no lightweight, literally or figuratively.
When space is at a premium, the 340’s fold-down shelves can be a lifesaver. A set of locking caster wheels also allow you to move the grill around as necessary. Rolling is also important because this model is quite heavy for a two-burner grill— 77 pounds.
You still get reasonable cooking space, though. This barbecue’s 340 square inches of main grill space and 125-square-inch warming rack is more than enough for a family. Just don’t expect it to serve huge parties.
Versatile Fuel Options
Many gas-fed grills are only made to run on propane, but the Char-Broil’s TRU-infrared grills offer more versatility. If your home happens to have an external natural gas line, the grill can easily be configured for that. Otherwise, it’s quite happy to accept the ubiquitous propane tanks. The cabinet under the grill can keep your tank out of sight and protected from the elements.
Infrared Heating System
Most of us are accustomed to gas grills which use the burners to heat food directly. They can cook things quickly, but are also prone to grease flare-ups and excessive charring. Char-Broil tries to circumvent these problems by adding an extra layer: a radiating barrier plate.
The gas burners heat the corrugated radiating plate. That plate, in turn, distributes the heat more evenly and heats your food by radiating that built-up infrared energy. The result is a more evenly-cooked meal. In some cases, radiative heating also helps lock in more juices.
The main downside of this is that it takes slightly longer to warm up. A bit more preheating will be necessary, which also means slightly higher fuel use.
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Each of the two burners gets its own control knob. In contrast to most grills, though, there is also a thermometer above each knob. This can give you a little more accuracy in terms of localized temperature.
Speaking of temperature, you get a wide range with the 340. It can run between 200 and 700 degrees Fahrenheit.
The burners feature a 10-year warranty. The firebox, grate, lid, and emitters are covered for three years. All other parts fall under a one-year warranty.