Char-Broil Urban Grill | Review &
Char-Broil Urban: Low Priced, Compact Size,
more popular on the gas grill market right now than infrared
technology. The intense heat of 1600 degrees sears steaks to perfection, and cuts cooking time in half when
compared to traditional burners. Every manufacturer wants a piece of this booming market share, and
Char-Broil is not one to be left behind.
sucessful attempt to gain entry into the infrared
grill market, Char-Broil designed a new line of innovative grills. These models don’t use traditional infrared burners and are
designed to be lower cost alternatives to the high performance ceramic burners found on most
So how you ask did
Char-Broil do it? Don’t be fooled by Char-Broil’s marketing gimmicks, a
single quality infrared burner can cost more than a whole Char-Broil Urban
grill. To accomplish the task of branding it an infrared
grill, Char-Broil designed a new technology based on a thin sheet of perforated steel that emits heat
through both infrared and flame.
To understand the marketing hype
Char-Broil places on these infrared units, you have to know a few basics about infrared
cooking. Infrared is the wavelength of heat
transfer just below red visible heat. Burners that emit the proper
wavelength of infrared heat for cooking turn bright red at temperatures above 1200 degrees; whereas, the
Char-Broil infrared system does not.
These grills emit a weak infrared radiant heat in the upper end of the wavelength
called mid-wave infrared. Yes, technically this technology can
be called infrared, and yes, you can mislead consumers to believe it is the same as more expensive ceramic
infrared burners. However, the fact is, heat absorption to
food in this wavelength of infrared is close to zero. In
fact, most of the heat transferred to the food on this grill is done through the perforated holes in
the metal and by contact with the grates.
This presents several problems with this design. For one, it is misleading, and only cooks as good as an average traditional gas grill.
Secondly, as this model gets used, the cooking performance will
decline. As food and grease begin to clog the pin size
perforated holes, heat from the burners will have a much harder time getting to the
food. The only solution to this is to take out the parts and
brush them clean on a regular basis. To many users, this
eliminates some of the convenience associated with a gas grill. Lastly, as very common with Char-Broil grills, the low quality 430 stainless exterior and
internal parts will rust and deteriorate after only a short period of time.
The good news about this grill is that it is fairly inexpensive at 269 dollars, puts out 20,000 BTU’s, and can
reach about 700 degrees. It has high, even heating, and rarely flares up. Plus, the Char-Broil
Urban is built for small spaces and is great for a patio or balcony.
Hopefully it isn't hard to see that the
Char-Broil Urban is a cleaver design that easily lures potential buyers into
the infrared grill market. Unfortunately, it's really nothing
more than a traditional Char-Broil grill with a thin perforated grate between the food and the flame. The
Char-Broil Urban grill cooks a dequately and has high, even
heating. Althought it doesn’t
truly cook with infrared and is made from low quality materials, it is a very low
Char-Broil Urban Grill
Size: 465 square inches of total cooking area
Output: 20,000 BTU's per hour
Material: 430 Stainless steel
Material: 430 Stainless steel
Material: 430 Stainless steel hood and body
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