The Bottom Line
This model has been discontinued. It is replaced by the Char-Broil Red Infrared Grill with Outdoor Oven Model# 463250811 .
This new version of the Char-Broil Red is a larger grill with a wide range of features and larger price tag (sells for around $650). Sold exclusively by Home Depot, this grill is basically a gas fired metal box that heats up to very high temperatures, producing infrared heat.
Because the food is separated from the burners flare-ups are very rare. If you cook very fatty foods, like beef ribs, and heat the grill up to a maximum temperature and the grease can ignite and cause a pretty spectacular flare-up. This grill can also produce a lot of smoke when cleaning, but the biggest problem is the durability of its construction.
- High, efficient heating
- Low price all infrared design
- AutoClean feature helps maintain the grill
- Low quality 430 stainless steel construction
- Cooking chamber trough section prone to rusting and potential failure
- Four 7,750 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 580 square inches primary cooking area with a total grilling area of 780 square inches
- 31,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 13,000 BTU Char-Broil "stovetop" side burner under a cover (griddle sold separately)
- AutoClean system turns off burners after a preset period
- Unique "infrared" design produces high temperatures from a low BTU output
- Heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- On knob electric igniter (AA battery) with two internal halogen lights (grill must be plugged in for lights to work)
- Propane tank, rotisserie kit, and cover sold separately
- Made in China by Char-Broil exclusively for Home Depot
Guide Review - Char-Broil RED 4-Burner with AutoClean Model #463250910
This is the third year and hence third generation of the Char-Broil RED infrared gas grills. This version is the largest and most expensive of this line of grills sold exclusively at Home Depot Stores. Like all RED grills this unit works by focusing the heat of its burners at a rounded metal tub called a U-emitter. This radiates infrared heat at the cooking surface. There is no direct exposure of the flame to food, but the efficiency of the design requires a lot less fuel to produce high temperatures. Since the burners are isolated there is virtually no chance of flare-ups and so you won't need a rotisserie burner. Basically, this is a full function gas grill (rotisserie kit optional) for around $650USD.
This grill comes equipped with Char-Broil's "Outdoor Stove" 13,000 BTU side burner. This side burner can be used for more than just heating a small pot. If you purchase the optional griddle (formerly a standard feature) you can do a great deal with this side burner and with the higher BTU rating than many side burners is actually produces a good amount of heat for cooking.
The new feature on this grill is the AutoClean function.
The gas line passes through a separate control valve before going to the four main valves. Turn them on to the clean position and turn the Clean valve on and the grill will heat up long enough to burn off anything that has collected in the U-emitters. Since there is no drain for this grill, anything that falls inside is trapped there and must be physically removed or burned off. This can cause the grill to produce a lot of smoke if it is dirt. By adding this feature (provided you use it) the grill should remain cleaner and produce less smoke. It is recommended that you turn the grill to clean after every use. The grill will automatically shut down after a preset period of time. This is a spring wound mechanism and my biggest concern with it is that corrosion could cause it to fail, leaving the grill on until you notice that it didn't shut down.
Personally, I believe that if the grill is on you should be keeping an eye on it. This function gives you the feeling that you can leave it burning unattended.
Inside this grill, under the heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates, are the two U-emitters, each heated by two separately controlled burners. These U-shaped buckets separate the burners from the cooking chamber, eliminating the flow of hot air and radiating infrared energy at the cooking surface. The troughs are porcelain coated sheet metal that is labeled as easy to clean. One problem is how long they will last. Metal expands under high temperatures while porcelain doesn't. Once the porcelain cracks the metal underneath, usually from exposure to drippings and moisture, it will rust. As soon as there is a hole through this part, the grill will fail. Combine this with the low-grade stainless steel parts and plastic knobs and you have a grill with a limited lifespan.