The Bottom Line
This 2-burner gas grill is perfect for small spaces. The TRU-Infrared Gourmet uses the same infrared technology Char-Broil introduced in 2008. By heating a metal U-shaped infrared emitter, the grill works by completely separating the flame from the food. This technology can generate high temperatures with less fuel consumption, making it a more efficient way to grill. This 2-burner unit gives you 300 square inches of cooking space and does it for around $270USD.
The downside is the limited lifespan of the U-emitter.
- High, efficient heating
- Low price all infrared design
- Takes up little space
- Slow Preheat time
- Low quality 430 stainless steel construction
- Cooking chamber trough section prone to rusting and potential failure
- Two 10,650 BTU 400 series stainless steel tubular burners
- 300 square inches primary cooking area with a total grilling area of 425 square inches
- 21,300 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- Unique "infrared" design produces high temperatures from a low BTU output
- With fold-down side tables, this grill occupies very little space
- Heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- On knob electric igniter (AA battery)
- Painted steel and stainless steel (400 series) construction
- Propane tank, rotisserie kit and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Char-Broil exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Char-Broil Gourmet 2-Burner TRU-Infrared Model# 463251413 Gas Grill
This model Home Depot exclusive model has been discontinued.
This model of what Char-Broil used to call the RED Gas Grills. With only 2 burners, fold down side tables and pretty much nothing else, this grill is specifically designed for those people who doesn't have a lot of space but still want a full sized grill. Because of the design this infrared gas grill, you don't need a lot of fuel to heat up the cooking chamber.
On the downside, this grill, like all the grill in this series can take a while to heat up. Preheating time is around 15 minutes to get to full power.
The way this grill works is that the two burners focus their heat onto a rounded piece of porcelain coated sheet metal called a trough. The intense heat can cause the porcelain coating to flake off and expose the metal to the elements. This will lead to rusting. Once the metal rusts through the grill will be unusable. Warranty on this part is two years but doesn't cover rusting.
One point with this technology that you should consider. All drippings from the foods you cook are captured in the U-emitter. Under normal circumstances, this will burn off from the heat. If can cause a good deal of smoke as it happens. If you are cooking foods that are particularly high in fat, grease can collect in the U-emitter and spontaneously ignite when the lid is opened. So if you are using this grill or one based on the RED technology please be careful.
The rest of the grill uses a combination of painted steel and low-grade stainless steel with plastic knobs. The stainless steel body parts are prone to discoloring and rusting over time so this grill needs to be kept clean and protected from the elements.
If you buy this grill make sure you get a good cover for it.